in the database on Monday, June 02nd, 2008 @ 19:23:25 MST (16496 views)
06/01/2008 - Every significant Internet provider around the globe is
currently in talks with access and content providers to transform the internet
into a television-like medium: no more freedom, you pay for a small commercial
package of sites you can visit and you'll have to pay for seperate subscriptions
for every site that's not in the package.
Almost all smaller websites/services will disappear over time and multinationals
who are used to using big budgets to brute force their content into every media
outlet will finally be able to approach the internet in the same way.
This well-known illustration of why we need net neutrality turns out
to be very close to the truth:
What can we do?
Internet providers have realized that the only way to not lose massive amounts
of customers over this is to make sure there are no alternatives, that's why
all major Internet providers are currently making agreements and planning to
switch simultaneously somewhere in the year 2012. This is currently all going
on under very strict NDA's (Non-Disclosure Agreements) because the last thing
they want is the masses speaking out against it.
We were able to uncover this information because we have been well-known net
neutrality activists for longer than a year now and over time have we've gotten
in contact with many high-profile industry insiders. We will continue our activism
and the I Power website serves as a platform for joining forces, sharing ideas
and spreading awareness.
It's our responsibility to spread the word, use any sort of political or media
contacts you may know. The more awareness there is, the more impossible it'll
be for Internet providers to make this switch. Let's make sure that by 2012,
ISP's won't even dare think about doing anything that goes against the principles
of net neutrality.
Net neutrality has been a much debated issue for several years now and there
have been many lawsuits in cases where an Internet provider blocked access to
a certain competitor's site or simply crippled download speeds on services that
they felt were using up too much of their bandwidth. But this new information
that has now been confirmed by inside sources from major ISP's and content providers
gives us a far bleaker vision of what the future of Internet freedom will look
like if we don't take action in every way we can.
Why is this happening? The entire media and marketing industry is losing its
grip on the upcoming generations of Internet-minded consumers. Statistics show
that traditional media is losing popularity as the Internet continues to grow
drastically every year. And the Internet is a completely different place: consumers
aren't passive any more and advertisements don't have the same psychological
effect they normally have on television. Internet users are very active and
focused: they only go to the sites and services they want, and with an infinite
amount of alternatives, users simply switch to something else if one service
becomes too commercialized with annoying advertisements.With this in mind, it's
no surprise that the past 6 years the industry has secretly been planning a
'take-over' to secure the Internet as a purely commercial playground.
Spread The Word
But there is hope... More and more people are becoming aware of the importance
of net neutrality and now that we have uncovered what the industries have been
plotting, it's not just about big corporations forming shady agreements, it's
about what they will say to their users who will demand an explanation from
their providers on what will happen to their access in 2012. As long as there
are alternatives, we can pressure those providers who admit to being against
net neutrality and favor those who take a stand and choose to give their users
their freedom even after 2012. We can keep pushing for net neutrality laws and
we can start spreading awareness on a massive scale to make sure that ISP's
think twice before signing anything that'll go against the freedom that made
the Internet into the important open medium that it is today.
It's our responsibility, spread the word and use any sort of political or media
contacts you may know. Let's make sure that by 2012, ISP's won't even dare think
about doing anything that goes against the principles of net neutrality.
For more information:
Mail the I Power team at firstname.lastname@example.org
For media inquiries or urgent issues only:
Telephone: +32 (0) 496 93 90 44