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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Time to e-mail and call

REUTERS/Issei Kato

You better keep your ass under that bubble,
otherwise, I'd be having long pig sushi

Ok, so the House Judiciary is going to mark up Sensenbrenner's great net neutrality bill tomorrow. Many of the Democrats have been pressured by the Communications Worker's of America to vote down the net neutrality provisions. The CWA came out publicly against net neutrality just now because the telecom companies have convinced them that this is vital to their industry. The CWA has made a grievous error here, with SEIU taking the other side. I just learned that these are the members to contact on the Sensenbrenner bill. Here's what to say. Urge them to support the bipartisan Sensenbrenner-Conyers Net Neutrality bill (HR 5417) in the Judiciary Committee on Thursday -- and to support it without amendment. Saying without amendment is key.

Howard Berman (D-Calif. 28th)
Phone: 202-225-4695
Fax: 202-225-3196

William Delahunt (D-Mass. 10th)
Phone: (202) 225-3111
Fax: (202) 225-5658

Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas 18th)
(202) 225-3816 phone
(202) 225-3317 Fax

Marty Meehan (D-Mass. 5th)
Phone: (202) 225-3411
Fax: (202) 226-0771

Bobby Scott (D-Va. 3rd)
Phone: (202) 225-8351
Fax: (202) 225-8354

Chris Van Hollen (D-Md. 8th)
Phone: (202) 225-5341
Fax: (202) 225-0375

Maxine Waters (D-Calif. 35th)
Phone: (202) 225-2201
Fax: (202) 225-7854

Mel Watt (D-N.C. 12th)
Tel. (202) 225-1510
Fax (202) 225-1512

Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y. 9th)
Phone: (202) 225-6616
Fax: (202) 226-7253

Robert Wexler (D-Fla. 19th)
phone: (202) 225-3001
fax: (202) 225-5974

Ok, time to remind these folks. all good liberals, that if the telcos get their way, they will be condemning millions of the poor to second-class status. Berman, Weiner, Wexler, are no blue dog Dems, they're liberals and this is an anti-democratic stand.

The Telcos want to establish a toll-road on the internet because they feel other companies are profiting on their lines. They want to be able to control what comes in the home, and no matter how benignly they make it sound, they will price internet access out of the reach of homes, schools and small businesses by placing a tariff on downloads, video and other services, like blogging.

The CWA is betraying the public at the behest of their employers because they do not understand the issues here. They have been lied to, and have wrongly taken the side of the telcos. The fact is that this is a money grab by the telcos, who are so desperate, that they have attacked internet pioneers like Vint Cerf andTim Berners-Lee.Then, they run around the Hill, saying Move On is being supported by Google, an outright lie, Move On is a membership-funded organization which does not accept corporate contributuions.

The fact is that the telcos want to control and price the internet out of the range of people who need it most, the children of the working poor, the people these Congressmembers represent. It is they who stand to gain the most from open access to the Internet and the most to losewhen it is restricted.

posted by Steve @ 8:12:00 PM

8:12:00 PM

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