May 4th, 2006 09:29 EST
Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006- an act of legislation scheduled to be voted on by Congress in the second week of May, with provisions that would circumvent “net neutrality”… legally permitting telecommunications companies to regulate and charge for internet usage beyond providing internet services.
Network Neutrality- the fundamental principle of a free internet, in which all websites are equal, with accessibility and content determined by site owners rather than service providers.
A lack of network neutrality puts the operation and functionality of public or open access websites like theSOP.org in danger of censure, marginalization and extinction.
If this bill passes, it would become possible for telecommunications companies that provide internet services to not only charge owners and creators of websites, but also restrict content, as well as inhibiting the public from using certain sites.
Continued free speech on the internet is at risk.
To learn more about this obscene legislation and to voice your opposition to it, please go here: http://savetheinternet.com