Vote in the European Parliament on May 5, 2009
Do not let the European Parliament close the Internet ... It will not come back!
Access to the Internet is not unconditional all those who have a website, a blog as well as those who use Google or Skype, all those who like to express their views freely, investigating in a way understood to be for personal issues, professional or academic, all that shopping online, making online friends, listening to music or watching videos ...
Millions of Europeans depend on the Internet either directly or indirectly as part of their lifestyle. To take it away, to limit it, to restrict it or to condition it will have a direct impact on what we do. And if a small business depends on the Internet to survive, making it inaccessible in a period of crisis in which we can survive cannot be good.
Therefore we know the Internet is threatened with extinction by the new laws that the European Union wants to propose at the end of April. Secondly, under these laws, service providers, that is companies that provide us with the Internet, PT, Zon, Clix and many others, will be able to legally limit the number of websites we visit, besides being able to limit the use or subscription for any services that we want from any site.
If we do nothing we will almost certainly lose our freedom and the free use of the Internet.
The proposal in the European Parliament risks our future because it is about to become a law, a law almost impossible to reverse.
Many people, including deputies of the European Parliament who will vote positively, do not have the least idea of what this can mean, or do not notice the brutal implications that these laws will have on the economy, society and freedom. These measures are wrapped up in a thing called "Packet of Telecom's" disguising these laws as something that is only relative to the telecommunications industry.
But in truth, it is not only all about the passing of laws on the future use of the Internet. Freedom is being deleted from the map.
In these proposed laws, there are included rules that oblige the Telecoms to inform citizens of the conditions in which access to the Internet is supplied. It seems to be a good thing, in the name of transparency, but it is just a diversion to be able to say that they can limit our freedom of access to the Internet, that they will only inform us of that.
The future of the Internet is in play and we need to act in order to save it.
Tell the European Parliament that you would not like these alterations to be voted on.
Remember that the European elections are in June and that the Internet still gives us some freedom so that we can observe and judge their actions in the Parliament.
Know that you are not alone in this fight ... As you read this, hundreds and hundreds of other organizations are working to ensure that this message reaches the right people. Thousands of people are also contacting their members in this direction. Help yourself to it exactly, collaborate and do what you can for this cause ...
The Internet is as much yours as it is theirs ...
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These are our deputies in the European Parliament: