Monday, June 12, 2006
Can You Hear Me?
Case in point, her vote against the Markey Amendment to the telecom bill working its way through Congress - a vote against "net neutrality."
Net neutrality means the pipes that carry the Internet through the world and to your home are open and free to all users. Just like the roads, the sidewalks and the public telephone company, no large company can charge you any more or less for access. The big carriers and ISPs are fighting this tooth and nail because they want to extract every penny they can, not only from big players like Google and eBay but from small businesses who rely on the Web for marketing, sales and communication.
I guess you can all figure out who's side Sue is on. Not on the side of the small high-tech and consumer businesses growing up all over the Hudson Valley, creating jobs and opportunities. Not on the side of folks who use the Internet for everything from buying on eBay to sending pictures of the kids to Grandma and Grandpa through Flickr.
Sue, who tries to present herself as a moderate whenever she's in town, couldn't even muster the courage to vote with 11 members of her party who voted with the Democrats on this important issue.
If this bill works its through the Senate in its present form, and next year you can't access Google, Yahoo or Amazon, you'll have Sue to thank.
Sue Kelly, once more out of step with her constituents.
Sadly enought, the time is coming very soon when Verizon, Earthlink, Comcast, and Cablevision will have the power to decide which sites you have access to when you use the Internet unless something is done.
If net neutrality is not passed that will mean that you won't have the opporunity to order flowers on line from your local florist. If the local florist does not pay up or the super powers of the internet do not deem it necessary to list your local florist, then we'll be directed to a national online site that did.
Ah yes, so much for caring about small businesses, Sue.