This is the first step down a slippery slope. A large e-mail provider wants to turn e-mail into a paid and privileged realm, but what about the non-profits that depend on a free and open Internet?

Internet freedom is under attack.

Left to their own devices, AOL will always put its own self interest ahead of the public interest.

It?s the first step onto a slippery slope that will dismantle many of the freedoms that Americans have come to know. AOL?s pay-to-send scheme threatens the free and open Internet as we know it.

Network neutrality is the First Amendment of the Internet. Net neutrality is the reason why the Internet has driven economic innovation, democratic participation, and free speech online - and the public demands Congress not dismantle it.

We have large e-mail providers, including AOL, that want to turn e-mail communication into a privileged realm for those who can afford to pay a corporate tax.

The future of the Internet as we know it is at risk here when you allow corporations, such as AOL and others, to impose this sort of discriminatory regime over information and to profit from it in a way that serves no one but themselves. The free information that Americans have come to expect from this very democratic communication tool has become compromised.

The radio stations have licensed the use of the airwaves, so there's an obligation for them to be honest brokers.