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Rockers Rally For Internet Neutrality

Musicians including Moby, Nine Inch Nails, and the Indigo Girls are supporting a law that would ensure Internet traffic flow remains equal for small and large corporations and media. Telecommunications companies have been pushing for tiered access, which would allow providers to charge premium rates for premium access.

Moby joined U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) to rally for Internet neutrality on Capitol Hill Thursday.

"Internet freedom is under attack," Moby said, adding that he was appearing as one of over 700,000 people who signed a petition in favor of Markey's amendment to the Communications Opportunity, Promotions and Enhancement Act of 2006 (COPE), which would regulate neutrality on the Internet. He also officially announced a new coalition of Artists and Musicians for Internet Freedom. The coalition includes members of Nine Inch Nails the Indigo Girls and Wilco.

Markey's supporters are fighting for a law that would ensure that Internet traffic flow remains equal for small and large corporations and media. Telecommunications companies want the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet and decide on issues like tiered access. Tiered access would allow Internet providers to charge premium rates for premium access.

Critics of Internet neutrality, also called network neutrality, argue that the market should dictate the future of the Internet and the government should maintain a hands-off approach. They also argue that providers need to charge more in order to upgrade networks.

Though Google, Craigslist and Microsoft CEOs have joined hands with the Gun Owners of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn and now the Christian Coalition in the fight for Internet neutrality, hardware companies and one conservative group are pushing against the SaveTheInternet campaign, according to a report in SlashDot.

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