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Huffington Post: You are in an Internet prison and you don't even know it

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 14:47 -- OpenMedia

As citizens worldwide continue to have their Internet expression and privacy threatened by international treaties such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we have to remind ourselves that our access to choice and innovation is being stifled by a lack of competition. 

We're standing together with tens of thousands of organizations and people from around the world in defending our Internet freedom. Help us push for transparency in Internet policy and sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom.

Article by Bruce Kushnick for The Huffington Post

There are more choices for bottled water or mustard or local Chinese takeout than most customers have for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or broadband providers or cable service providers. Where is the Internet freedom?

The Republican and Democrat platforms claim that they are for Internet freedom, but their version doesn't open the networks to actual competition. Instead, it is based on the AT&T and Verizon hype. Working with ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), the phone companies' definition of Internet freedom is that internet-phone service (VOIP) should not be regulated, when in reality the entire thing is a verbal jujitsu to remove regulations, obligations and competition on telecommunications services offered by the incumbent phone companies. Over 20 states have passed bills based on claiming this version of so called 'Internet freedom,' California being the latest causality.

According to Multichannel News the backers of the California bill claim it "preserves the future of the Internet by encouraging continued investment and technological advances and supporting continued consumer choice and access to innovative services that benefit California."

How can you have 'freedom' when there is no "competition" for basic Internet or broadband or even cable service? Notice in the above quote that there is no mention of "open networks" or competition for Internet or broadband providers.

Without actual choice of providers, Internet freedom is an Internet prison.

Confusing? In the next few articles we will discuss "The Internet & Broadband Competition Freedom Act" and why direct competition for Internet and broadband services should be a priority in America -- not sound-bytes mumbled by politicians or those spouting the cable-phone corporate line.

And you should care because a lack of actual competition concerns everything from the future of net neutrality, your privacy, or allowing the current cable and phone companies to act as copyright policeman -- with or without the passage of odious bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). It also impacts everything price increases and slow broadband to 'bandwidth caps' and other odious things. Read more »

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