“Think about how you use the Internet! What would it mean to you if free access to the Internet was taken away?
These days, the Internet is about life and freedom. It’s about shopping, booking theatre tickets … holidays, learning, job-seeking, banking, and trade. It’s also about the fun things – dating, chatting, invitations, music, entertainment, joking and even a Second Life. It is a tool to express ourselves, to collaborate, innovate, share, stimulate new business ideas, reach new markets – thrive without middlemen..
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.
If we don’t do something now – we could lose free and open use of the internet.” (Blackout Europe, 2009)
For residents in the Spanish State you can e-mail your MPE here; xmailer.hacktivistas.net
Seems that citizen initiatives such as WiFi networks are becoming increasingly relevant in order to secure a second chance or a true alternative as they constitute huge linkages of computers and data and people in a Open philosophy. Hopefully enough, MPEs on May 6th will attend to the already 345.000 mails sent supporting the Open Letter to the European Parliament.