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Please support HR 5353, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act.
The bill is co-sponsored by Ed Markey (D-MA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet , and Chip Pickering (R-MS).
Section 12 Paragraph 1 sums it up pretty well:
`(1) to maintain the freedom to use for lawful purposes broadband telecommunications networks, including the Internet, without unreasonable interference from or discrimination by network operators, as has been the policy and history of the Internet and the basis of user expectations since its inception;
If you want to maintain free and open access to the internet, the time to act is now. Comcast is already using a technique perfected by the Red Chinese to slow down and drop applications it doesn't want to support on its network. China is famous for having the most severely repressive internet censorship in the world.
The results of our tests have agreed with AP's. Comcast is forging TCP RST packets which cause connections to drop (a technique also used by Internet censorship systems in China). These packets cause software at both ends to believe, mistakenly, that the software on the other side doesn't want to continue communicating.
...Much of it focused on cable operator Comcast's Internet filtering activities. Comcast has admitted that it delays certain kinds of traffic traveling across its networks. And multiple tests run separately by the Associated Press and the Electronic Frontier Foundation confirm that Comcast is using a traffic forging technique to delay the activities of certain kinds of applications running across its networks. The EFF has said that this kind of behavior is discriminatory because the technique only focuses on file-sharing applications...
Visit SaveTheInternet now to sign a petition supporting Net Neutrality and to contact your Congressman.
The Chinese now share in Project Echelon, a mass spying program conducted by the NSA, and now that they have AT&T fully onboard, the prospect of a Chinese-style censorship regime is completely realistic. Let's not forget Room 641-A ^o^
Room 641A is an alleged intercept facility operated by AT&T for the U.S. National Security Agency, beginning in 2003. Room 641A is located in the SBC Communications building at 611 Folsom Street, San Francisco, three floors of which were occupied by AT&T before SBC purchased AT&T and changed its name to AT&T. The room was referred to in internal AT&T documents as the SG3 [Study Group 3] Secure Room. It is fed by fiber optic lines from beam splitters installed in fiber optic trunks carrying Internet backbone traffic and, therefore, presumably has access to all Internet traffic that passes through the building.
Another major project is identified as P415. This enhancement is intended to allow NSA to track civilian communications well into the 21st century. This project involves the traditional members of UKUSA as well as Germany, Japan, and the People's Republic of China.