From: Donovan Beidelschies <donovanb62@yahoo.com>
To: <DNSTransition@ntia.doc.gov>
Date: Mon, Jul 3, 2006 7:32 AM
Subject: Protect Network Neutrality

The internet works great. Protect Network Neutrality and keep it working great. Don't let the phone and cable companies hoodwink you into thinking they want what is best for the people. They are business--and big businesses at that--so they are trying to help themselves and increase their profits. There's nothing wrong with that--this is America--but it's times like this where the government must step in and protect American citizens. More regulation is not bad in this case, more regulation will simply protect what we have and stop the need for more convoluted and discriminatory legislation later.

The following quote from Senator Obama (I found online) summarizes everything very well:

"Allowing the Bells and cable companies to act as gatekeepers with control over internet access would make the internet like cable. A producer-driven market with barriers to entry for website creators and preferential treatment for specific sites based not on merit, the number of hits, but on relationships with the corporate gatekeeper. If there were four or more competitive providers of broadband service to every home, then cable and telephone companies would not be able to create a bidding war for access to the high-speed lanes. But here's the problem. More than 99 percent of households get their broadband services from either cable or a telephone company."

It's very simple. Protecting Network Neutrality = Protecting Americans' choices, allowing free enterprise to flourish over digital networks = Keeping the internet a free (this is America!) and democratic medium.

I am a registered Republican from Ohio. Please feel free to contact me if you wish. I have read about this issue and as an American citizen who's family has been here for over 200 years and has served in the United States Armed Forces, I feel compelled to express my desire (which is the desire of millions of other Americans, and would probably be more if this were not a complicated issue being disguised in the major media networks in favor of the phone companies) that an equal and neutral internet is good for the people, good for commerce, and good for the United States.

Sincerely,
Donovan Beidelschies