Two Florida-based Internet firms announce support for Net Neutrality 06-21-2006
Miami-based Scrapblog LLC and MultiChannel Ventures of Universal Studios Join “It’s Our Net” Coalition
Washington, D.C. – June 21, 2006 – Two small Florida-based Internet companies today announced their support for the It's Our Net Coalition, a broad alliance of consumers, grassroots groups and businesses working together to support net neutrality and preserve the Internet’s fundamental principle of treating all Internet traffic equally.
“Scrapblog is accessible to everyone with an Internet connection and Net Neutrality is imperative for services like Scrapblog to flourish,” said CEO Carlos Garcia. “Scrapblog enhances the online photo-sharing experience in a unique way by combining the storytelling aspect of scrapbooks and the sharing power of blogs. I cannot imagine developing an online service like Scrapblog in an environment where telcos determine which sites consumers get to experience.”
The It's Our Net Coalition, which includes Amazon.com, eBay, Google, IAC/InterActiveCorp, Microsoft and Yahoo!, is fighting efforts by broadband providers -- large telecom and cable companies – who want the ability to strike deals with Internet content providers to favor their Internet traffic.
Media and technology entrepreneur Michael Gerrity, chairman of MultiChannel Ventures, said he opposes discrimination on the Internet and the preferential access that will take place if the cable and telephone companies succeed in defeating Net Neutrality.
“MultiChannel Ventures supports It’s Our Net because we believe that net neutrality allows for competition on the Internet among all size companies,” said Gerrity. “Currently, content placed on the Internet by individuals or companies is treated equally in terms of delivery. Content providers who already pay should not have to worry that their content will be blocked or charged a premium price for delivery. Smaller startups would never last in a world where they had to pay-to-play.”
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About Scrapblog, LLC
Privately-held Scrapblog LLC, based in Miami, Florida, is a leading provider of Internet services. The company targets both novice and experienced Internet users with www.Scrapblog.com, the world’s first online scrapbooking service. Scrapblog goes beyond traditional photo-sharing sites, offering a more interactive online community, with the capability to add themes, stickers, graphics and blogging. Scrapblog’s management team is committed to creating interactive Web applications that contribute to the development of the Internet. Scrapblog is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nobox Marketing Group, Inc. (www.nobox.com), an award-winning interactive marketing agency that develops Internet marketing strategies for companies like Toyota, Lexus, Scion, Verizon Wireless and Procter & Gamble. For more information, please visit Scrapblog’s Web site at www.scrapblog.com.
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About MultiChannel Ventures:
MultiChannel Ventures (www.MultiChannelVentures.com) is a developer, owner and operator of a broad range of video programming, broadband distribution, interactive, subscription and electronic retailing businesses. Its core focus is to create shareholder value by maximizing the overall returns on its equity investments in various media and Internet companies over a five-to-seven year period. MultiChannel Ventures is a privately held company that is headquartered at Universal Studios, Florida.