Urgent: EU may block internet by 5th May

Don't let the EU parliament lock up the Internet! There will be no way back!

Act now!
Internet access is not conditional

Everyone who owns a website has an interest in defending the free use of Internet... so has everyone who uses Google or Skype... everyone who expresses their opinions freely, does research of any kind, whether for personal health problems or academic study ... everyone who shops online...who dates online...socialises online... listens to music...watches video...

Millions of Europeans now depend on the Internet, directly or indirectly, for their livelihood. Taking it away, chopping it up, ‘restricting it', ‘limiting it' and placing conditions on our use of it, will have a direct impact on people's earnings. And in the current financial climate, that can't be good.

The internet as we know it is at risk because of proposed new EU rules going through end of April. Under the proposed new rules, broadband providers will be legally able to limit the number of websites you can look
at, and to tell you whether or not you are allowed to use particular services. It will be dressed up as ‘new consumer options' which people can choose from. People will be offered TV-like packages - with a limited
number of options for you to access.

It means that the Internet will be packaged up and your ability to access and to put up content could be severely restricted. It will create boxes of Internet accessibility, which don't fit with the way we use it today. This is because internet is now permitting exchanges between persons which cannot be controlled or "facilitated" by any middlemen (the state or a corporation) and this possibility improves the citizen's life but force the industry to lose power and control. that's why they are pushing governments to act those changes.

The excuse is to control the flow of music, films and entertainment content against the alleged piracy by downloading for free, using P2P file-sharing. However, the real victims of this plan will be all Internet users and the democratic and independent access to information, culture goods.

Think about how you use the Internet! What would it mean to you if free access to the Internet was taken away?
These days, the Internet is about life and freedom. It's about shopping, booking theatre tickets ... holidays, learning, job-seeking, banking, and trade. It's also about the fun things - dating, chatting, invitations, music, entertainment, joking and even a Second Life. It is a tool to express ourselves, to collaborate, innovate, share, stimulate new business ideas, reach new markets - thrive without middlemen..

Just think - what's your web address? Unless people have that address in their "package" of regular websites - they won't be able to find you. That means they can't buy, or book, or register, or even view you online. Your business won't be able to find niche suppliers of goods - and compare prices. If you get any money at all from advertising on your site, it will diminish. Yes, Amazon and a select few will be OK, they will be the included in the package. But your advertising on Google or any other website, will be increasingly worthless. Skype could be blocked. (As it is in Germany in the use from iPhone, already). Small businesses could literally disappear, especially specialist, niche or artisan businesses.

If we don't do something now - we could lose free and open use of the internet. Our freedom (of choice in information, market, culture, pleasure) will be curtailed. The EU proposals hold an enormous risk for our future. They are about to become Law - and will be virtually impossible to reverse. People (even the members of the European Parliament who are voting on it) don't really seem to understand the full implications and the legal changes are wrapped up in something called "Telecoms Package" which lulls people into thinking it is just about industry.

However, in reality, hiding from public view, the amendments are about the way the Internet will operate in future! Text that expresses your rights to access and distribute content, services and applications, is being crossed out. And the text that is being brought in, says that broadband providers must inform you of any limitations, or restrictions to your broadband service. Alternative versions use the word ‘conditions' - and it is seriously being proposed that you will be told the conditions of use of Internet services. This is made to sound good - it is dressed up as ‘transparency' - except that of course it means that the broadband providerwill have the legal right restrict your access or impose conditions,otherwise why would they need tell you? If the Telecoms Package amendmentsare voted in, the changes will not be reversible.

We all have a stake in the Internet! You need to act now to save it!
What can you do about it?
Tell the European Parliament to vote against conditional access to the Internet! Remind them that they need your vote in June and that internet still give us the tools to be watching and judging what they are doing! (link a la quadrature du net) You must know you are not alone: hundreds of organizations are working on that and thousands of people have already contact their parliamentarians about this issue.

So, act now:
1 - Email, write to or phone your MEP - follow this link to get theirdetails - a suggested template letter is attached. You can also use the following software that send the letter directly to all the parliamentarians. Believe, they will really receive it and they will really feel the pressure. You are welcome to personalize the letter and include information that will make MEPs wake up, take note and take appropriate action.

2 - Forward this email to everyone you know so that they can take action.

3 - Syndicate this page so that you keep been informed: disinformation is what they count on, we must be aware. Text for people to cut and paste to MEP: The coalition version needs to have instructions for people from each country. coalition members need to get a translated version online in their own languages and link to the LQ site for their own MEPs.

Suggest you indicate:

Here are the MEPs who are important in the process.
Here are the MEPs from [your country] [or list each country of the coalition] .

This is suggested letter / email to send to your MEP. Personalise this email to include your own Internet use in your personal and business life. Change the sentence in red to personalise the email and tell the MEP how you individually use the Internet or just take it off.

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Comment by WTRH-AM-AE on April 24, 2009 at 5:35pm
If the internet ends, the how is a PC or laptop supposed to get its updates from Windows? Or how bout that software you bought and downloaded, but need the software updates? This does not make any since. This sounds like a right violation here and a Digital Communication breakdown. People will be going insane will be have mental breakdown problems if they cannot play their videos, games, or even check their mail from their family or friends. The iphone and ipod will become conversation piece and Video game consoles will not work at all without the internet. The computer in Europe will be a word processor again printing out papers instead of emails.
Comment by WTRH-AM-AE on April 24, 2009 at 4:48pm
This picture is from the future in night clubs when CD players are not allowed to be used in clubs cause of the crappy laws and DMCA. We are living the 70's and 80's again.

Comment by WTRH-AM-AE on April 24, 2009 at 4:45pm
TV Like Services would be like Compserve a company that limited internet service through a dial up connection. So what does this mean? People will be going back to dial up? Tie up phone lines? If this law happens the internet users will be beating up some people who started this crap. Excuse me, this is not 1984 so this means Europe will have to go back to cassette tapes, and 8 track tapes and records? Ok, Lets go out to a disco in the UK and dance the night away
to 70's music while we cannot use our computers for talking to your family and friends. I know the DJ will play the music loud and people will end up getting drunk.
Comment by WTRH-AM-AE on April 24, 2009 at 4:34pm
We pay for our own internet to get Unlimited Internet service. I guess they need to rename their hffp protocols euw European Wide Web. So I guess the Europeans will be cancelling their subscription with the particular internet service provider and get something else. Does Europe know what World Wide Web is? If they don't there is a copy at the book store and library called Internet For Dummies means there is no regulation, no filtering, unlimited freedom. People will be getting a another service provider and also build their own network.
Comment by Rufus on April 23, 2009 at 11:54am
Charles - Thank you for your support. If this crime goes through, it will be a very dark day for Europe. Please get this message out to everyone you can. If this is happening to us in Europe, you can guarantee it will be happening in the USA, and around the world as well.

I hope I will be able to post positive news in May - but the record of the European Parliament in rubber stamping tyranny doesn't bode well for a vote for freedom.

If you can alert activists in the USA and further afield to this totalitarian measure, you may be able to help the nations outside the EU retain their freedoms, even if those of us in the EU lose ours. We may need those who still have a significant amount of freedom to come rescue us once we no longer have the ability to organise our own defence.
Comment by Rufus on April 23, 2009 at 10:31am
TLS: Genau! Vielleicht eine echt scheisse tag für uns. Schau ma moi.
Comment by TheLasersShadow on April 23, 2009 at 10:11am
Sad Cinco de Mayo for dem yes berry sad, o well they will just have to watch the corporate tv an like it eh?

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