Save the Internet is a nationwide coalition of Internet users united together in the belief that the Net’s phenomenal growth over the past decade stems from the ability of entrepreneurs to expand consumer choices and opportunities without worrying about bribing AT&T to carry their traffic. We believe consumers across America see the results of this “hands off” approach – through such benefits as expanded distance education opportunities, improved access and speed to almost any information, on-line commerce, and an easier and inexpensive way to communicate with family and colleagues.
“Hands Off the Internet” is a coalition of telecom companies who somehow don’t get that Yahoo, Google, etc., have already paid for their bandwidth and shouldn’t have to pay for it again. They think that content providers should have to pay more than content consumers and don’t realize that the value of the service that they provide is in connecting the two ends, not one end to the middle. They think that Google and Yahoo are getting a free ride, even though they already pay substantial bandwidth fees. They’re greedy bastards, and if it takes legislation to stop them, so be it.