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Why AT&T will be able to control downloads

Right now congress is working on passing a law to allow the big telecoms like AT&T to charge companies more money to offer downloads. They want to create a two-tiered Internet.

They will be allowed to do so and the law will be passed because AT&T and the others have been cooperating and doing favors for the bush administration.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 28 — The government asked a federal judge here Friday to dismiss a civil liberties lawsuit against the AT&T Corporation because of a possibility that military and state secrets would otherwise be disclosed.

The lawsuit, accusing the company of illegally collaborating with the National Security Agency in a vast surveillance program, was filed in February by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group.

The class-action suit, which seeks an end to the collaboration it alleges, is based in part on the testimony of Mark Klein, a retired technician for the company who says Internet data passing through an AT&T switching center in San Francisco is being diverted to a secret room. There, Mr. Klein says, the security agency has installed powerful computers to eavesdrop without warrants on the digital data and forward the information to an undisclosed place.
The bush administration will pay them back now by giving them the two-tiered Internet system and will protect them from any lawsuits brought up by the favors they are doing.

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In a related story, see how the government is also requiring ISPs to retain your information.

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