Last week, the "Net Neutrality Act of 2006" was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill seeks to maintain a free and open internet with equal access to everyone. It seeks to stop an effort by some companies to go to a tiered-access system, where your access would be determined by the amout of money you pay - more money would mean more access. It could come up for a vote in the full house very soon.
A friend of mine recently e-mailed both candidates for Congress in Texas Congressional District #24. He only asked one question, "Where do you stand on net neutrality?" The e-mail was sent a couple of weeks ago, but the Marchant campaign still has not answered. Kenny Marchant is the republican incumbent in CD #24. Looks like he will be joining his rich buddies in opposing internet freedom.
Gary R. Page, the democratic challenger in CD #24, quickly answered the e-mail and made his views very clear. He says, "I support the Network Neutrality Act of 2006. I feel there are a great many things that are publically owned [by all Americans]. Some of those items that come to mind are the airwaves, electrical lines, phone lines and towers, aquifers, state and federal roads, federal lands, and open and free access to the internet. An open and free internet will maintain competition and spur innovation."
Looks like the choice is clear for internet users in CD #24. The democrat favors a free internet. The republican does not. I support Gary R. Page in his campaign for Congress and I urge all residents of CD #24 to do likewise.
NOTE - Over at Marc's Miscellany, it is reported that Marchant also opposes the extension of the Voting Rights Act. He was one of a group of southern congressmen that delayed a vote on extending the act. This guy has turned out to be a real embarrassment for the citizens of CD #24.