Protect Public Weather Data!

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  1. pogue

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    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">* EFF Action Alert: Protect Public Weather Data!

    The National Weather Service (NWS), a taxpayer-funded agency,
    monitors thousands of weather stations around America in
    order to predict hurricanes, sunshine, and every
    meteorological event in between. In addition to the raw
    data that it assembles, NWS has recently started offering
    more user-friendly info to the public via the Internet.
    So why has Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) introduced a bill
    that would restrict the kind of information that NWS can
    freely share?

    The National Weather Services Duties Act (S.786) would ban
    NWS from "competing" with private entities by making it
    unlawful for the agency to publish user-friendly weather
    data and barring NWS experts from speaking one-on-one to
    news agencies. Why? Because Senator Santorum believes
    that companies like AccuWeather would make more money if
    they didn't have to compete with "free." That's right -
    he believes you should pay twice for your weather
    information in order to line the pockets of the private
    weather industry, which *already* benefits from repackaging
    the data that tax-funded agencies like NWS give away.

    That's not only unfair, it's a bad precedent for our
    national information resources. Help stop S.786 by
    sending a letter to your senators today!

    Make your voice heard with the EFF Action Center:
    http://action.eff.org/site/Advocacy?id=123

    More info:
    Text of National Weather Services Duties Act of 2005:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:s786:

    Palm Beach Post: "Feds' Weather Information Could Go Dark":
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    Mike, please sticky this! Everyone needs to contact their legislators to prevent the blockade of public weather information.
     
  2. msinger

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    Will do [:)]