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At 10:05 PM EST last night the House passed HR5252-COPE without the net neutrality amendment.

Is this is the way the House can thank the telecoms for handing over the records of our phone calls now that flying junkets are under scrutiny? This could affect the viability of websites like Stretcher that don’t have the funding to pay the additional broadband fees for access to the Internet. The public has already paid for the internet through our taxes when it was developed by the department of defense, and the public is already paying for it through the fees we pay to internet providers and through the costs of hosting etc. Check out these sites for further information: http://www.alliancecm.org/blog.php ">Alliance for Community Media, http://www.saveaccess.org ">Save Access, http://www.savetheinternet.com/ ">Save the Internet, and the http://www.eff.org ">Electronic Freedom Foundation.

- Cheryl Meeker [Friday, June 9th, 2006]

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