[pct-l] If you are in Europe...

Brick Robbins brick at fastpack.com
Tue Apr 21 14:08:56 CDT 2009


The EU is voting on allowing broad band providers to restrict and
package internet services. If you are in Europe, please read the
website above, and take whatever action you feel in appropriate.

How does this affect the PCT? Many of us buy our lightweight gear from
"specialist, niche or artisan businesses" who cater to our needs. The
proposed legislation would allow ISPs to sell "access packages" like
cable TV companies sell channel packages. Do you think any of our
lightweight gear manufacturers would have the pull to get in one of
these "packages?"

====excerpt from the above website===
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.

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