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daffydoug
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Last time I posted something anything near this, I was made to look like a fool because it turned out to be a hoax..so as I post this, could someone tell me if this is real or another joke?

Net Neutrality and the eBay Community: A Call to Action

Dear (********* my ebay I.D.)

As you know, I almost never reach out to you personally with a request to get involved in a debate in the U.S. Congress. However, today I feel I must.

Right now, the telephone and cable companies in control of Internet access are trying to use their enormous political muscle to dramatically change the Internet. It might be hard to believe, but lawmakers in Washington are seriously debating whether consumers should be free to use the Internet as they want in the future.

The phone and cable companies now control more than 95% of all Internet access. These large corporations are spending millions of dollars to promote legislation that would divide the Internet into a two-tiered system.

The top tier would be a "Pay-to-Play" high-speed toll-road restricted to only the largest companies that can afford to pay high fees for preferential access to the Net.

The bottom tier -- the slow lane -- would be what is left for everyone else. If the fast lane is the information "super-highway," the slow lane will operate more like a dirt road.

Today's Internet is an incredible open marketplace for goods, services, information and ideas. We can't give that up. A two lane system will restrict innovation because start-ups and small companies -- the companies that can't afford the high fees -- will be unable to succeed, and we'll lose out on the jobs, creativity and inspiration that come with them.

The power belongs with Internet users, not the big phone and cable companies. Let's use that power to send as many messages as possible to our elected officials in Washington. Please join me by clicking here right now to send a message to your representatives in Congress before it is too late. You can make the difference.

Thank you for reading this note. I hope you'll make your voice heard today.

Sincerely,

Meg Whitman
President and CEO
eBay Inc.

P.S. If you have any questions about this issue, please contact us at government_relations@ebay.com.
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So what does he want you to do about it?
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daffydoug
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She wants us to write our congressmen..and get on a list to receive updates on the situation.
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To see if this is genuine login to eBay, go to 'my eBay' and check your messages. If it's genuine there will be a copy there. Certainly don't go clicking on any links in emails unless you know the sender.

Personally, I think it's gibberish. We already have a two tier system - dial up and broadband. I know President Bush would like America to take control of the internet but are the rest of the world likely to allow this? If it happens I'll show my a*se in Wal-mart.
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Sorry, Phil J - it's a real issue.

This business of "you make money using our phone lines so we're going to charge you extra" is purely a smokescreen - eBay and other net merchants already pay plenty for use of the internet, they pay in fees for bandwidth, and those fees go exactly where they ought to go. The cable/phone companies would love to get a "foot in the door" of regulating net content - soon they'd work their way up to all sorts of extra regulations and charges, including regulating content and imposing charges that all would (directly or after working their way thru the marketplace) come out of your pocket.

The internet is well-funded and its content largely unregulated - there's no need for more fees or for carriers to get their hooks into who gets preferential treatment.
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On 2006-06-01 20:36, Phil J. wrote:
To see if this is genuine login to eBay, go to 'my eBay' and check your messages. If it's genuine there will be a copy there. Certainly don't go clicking on any links in emails unless you know the sender.

Personally, I think it's gibberish. We already have a two tier system - dial up and broadband. I know President Bush would like America to take control of the internet but are the rest of the world likely to allow this? If it happens I'll show my a*se in Wal-mart.


Thanks! I went to my Ebay and there was indeed a copy there!
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It's no joke.

Read more about the danger here:

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0528-26.htm


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It is true that the major phone companies don't like sites like Skype, where you can call any computer in the world for free and as a promotional until December 31, 2006 you can call any regular line/cell phone in the United States and Canada for FREE!
I have been using Skype for a couple of months now and find it much clearer than Yahoo's Telephony system.
When Skypes promo ends and the land line phone access is not free the cost of calling any phone in the U.S. is only $0.021 per minute (sure beats what the big boys charge).
You can go to http://skype.com/ for the free download of the program and test it out for yourself.

With all the free and inexpensive services available on the Internet it is no wonder that the big money hungry wolves of the world are out to either control or kill the Internet. It won't happen, the Internet is public domain and always will be.
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P.S. Skype would be a great way for the Magic Café members to actually talk to each other and not cost a penny (if call is computer to computer).
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I have received e-mails like this also asking me to sign an online petition. Those who wish to communicate their feelings about a political issue to their governmental representatives should find a more effective means of communicating than simply adding their names to an Internet petition, such as writing or phoning their representatives directly.

One of the most important current legislative issues involving the Internet is the concept of "network neutrality." Simply put, network neutrality means that no web site's traffic has precedence over any other's on the massive fiber-optic and copper-wire networks that connect millions of computers together on the Internet. Whether a user searches for recipes using Google, reads an article on snopes.com, or looks at a friend's MySpace profile, all of that data is treated equally and delivered from the originating web site to the user's web browser with the same priority.

Some of the telephone and cable companies that control the telecommunications networks over which Internet data flows have floated the idea of creating the electronic equivalent of a paid carpool lane — that is, charging larger or more traffic-intensive Internet businesses and information providers a fee in order to send their traffic via faster and more reliable network pipelines:

Right now, data on the Internet are generally treated equally, like cars outside the carpool lane on a freeway. But like a freeway, the Internet can get congested, particularly as data-heavy applications such as movies and music gain popularity.

You see that congestion when streaming video stops streaming or when the download bar on your computer slows down. So phone companies, which have limited capacity on copper lines, are proposing special tolls on Internet companies to, in effect, set aside a special lane of fast-moving traffic. Cable companies also would benefit.

For instance, online film sites like CinemaNow Inc. might have to pay a premium to send movies uninterrupted, or Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store might tack an extra fee on a song download to guarantee instant delivery.
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And that is how they get their "foot in the door" and then it's "Give 'em an inch and...."
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