Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Net Neutrality and the Ham


The net neutrality debate has just been upgraded to a fight. A "Push Poll" done by a so called bi-partisan Commerece committe says that Amercans don't want net neutrality. But it's obvious with the likes of Google and Yahoo and other online content providers as well as thousnads apoun thousands of internet users in the U.S., we don't want the telcos to have control of where the content will go and who can see it! Video and VoIP and such could be restricted as well!

Hams use VoIP to link repeaters, as well as use VoIP to run nets for public service. What if these types of uses were essentially, "taxed" by the telcos. That is bascilly what we are going to see. This could sevrely limit the ability for hams to use the new mode in the for public service. If a club can't afford to keep a repeater linked using Echolink or eQSO or IRLP, then how do we link the repeaters. Oh sure, we could go back to the old UHF links. But then all the experimentaion in the new digital modes that use IP could be held back. Plus, linking a repeater in or near a distaster area with one in another part of the world using UHF the entire way, takes up too many resources. It would be inpractical and prone to outages and interference problems. VoIP has helped to alleviate this problem . Yet we could be taxed for doing a public service in a time of need.

That is what this basiclly is. Net Neutrality is nothing more then a "phantom tax" on the users of the internet to line the pockets and coffers of the big telcos, while restricting the flow of information. We have the power to stop it. Call, snail mail, even visit your represenative's local office and tell them you oppose the big telcos and are for net neutrality.

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