Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Help Retain Internet Neutrality

In a press release from TrueMajority, I learned today that the vote to allow large corporations like AT&T and Verizon to control the flow of information on the internet has been stalled, but that it can make a comeback. We need to call our Senators now to tell them to protect the neutrality of the Internet from Corporate greed.

"[The] bill to allow more corporate control of the information flow has been stalled, and now it's time to make sure we push it all the way off the table.

The bill would allow companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast to charge extra for some websites or e-mails to be delivered at full speed. Some companies have already abused that sort of control to censor information they don't like*. Handing over more power over the Internet is a bad idea.

Call your Senators today to ask them to publicly agree to protect the Internet.

The Senate leadership is trying to decide whether to bring the "Net Neutrality" issue back to the floor. Now is the time to thank the Senators who have already taken a public stand in favor of an open Internet, and ask the rest to join them."

Senators Burr and Dole of North Carolina have not yet taken a public stand on this issue. However, when I called them today, both of the people with whom I spoke said that their offices are being flooded with calls to prevent the gutting of internet neutrality. How are your Senators leaning? You can find out by clicking on the US Map on the right sidebar at the "Save the Internet" site.

Please take a moment to call or email your Senators and to get them to take a stand against allowing AT&T, Comcast, Verizon or ANY corporation to exert influence on how information flows on the internet. If you read the addenda to these websites, you will learn how nefarious the situation can become. In 2004, for example, "North Carolina ISP Madison River blocked their DSL customers from using any rival Web-based phone service." Do you really want your internet censored to benefit some corporate entity or do you want to know that you can find what you need when you need it and in a timely fashion?

Please take the time to call now. Your Senators need to hear from you.

By the way, if you join up with Working Assets long-distance service, the fees for your calls to elected officials in Washington are waived as "Free Speech" calls and will allow you to more readily express your views to those who are supposed to represent you.



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