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As Congress prepares to debate Internet privacy legislation, I want to share my perspective on this issue as your constituent and as an ardent user of the "Independent Web." I'm very concerned that the proposed legislation being promoted by Representative Rick Boucher will decimate the thousands of culturally vital independent web sites that actually comprise the bulk of all web traffic.

While the proposed legislation may seem well-intended, the end result will effectively remove the only source of sustaining revenue from independent web sites, third-party advertising networks.

I regularly visit several independent web sites, many of which are online communities where thousands of people gather to discuss important issues or interesting topics. The Internet is comprised of thousands of such sites, visited by millions of Americans with ideas to express in the best spirit of freedom of speech. For the most part, these sites are often expensive to operate and the owner's only source of income is through advertising from third-party networks.

The proposed legislation authored by Representative Boucher would seek to impose a task on these website owners that defies logic -- asking if end users want to see advertising, before it is displayed. There is an apparent fear that Internet marketers may eventually abuse the data learned via the use of cookies that anonymously track web users. While I agree that there needs to be some serious consideration of the potential problem, we need to take care that the solution does not eradicate society of one of the most important cultural developments in decades, the Independent Web.

Thank you for considering our views when this important issue is debated.

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