If you let the big corporations decide what you get to see on the Internet, you won’t be able to see anyting but Rush Limbaugh.
Do you think I’m kidding? Turn on your radio and listen to what happened there.
The Republicans are trying to “deregulate” the Internet. They’re about to allow the big telecommunications companies to decide which websites their customers (YOU) can and can’t see. This is what “Net Neutrality” is about. If you are against letting big companies decide what websites you can see, that means you are in favor of Net Neutrality.
MAKE NO MISTAKE about what this will mean. In the 1980s the Republicans “deregulated” radio and television by getting rid of the Fairness Doctrine and allowing a few big companies to buy up all the stations, and now you can’t turn on the radio without hearing that conservatives are good and liberals are bad. And you will not ever see a representative of organized labor on your television telling you about the benefits of joining a union. In the South the ONLY viewpoint you ever hear is the Republican Party viewpoint. MAKE NO MISTAKE about what “deregulating” the Internet will mean. It means they will ban BuzzFlash, and DailyKos, and Digby and any other voice that speaks out against the corporate takeover of your country.
Here is what you can do today. Matt Stoller has a post up at MyDD with a list of members of Congress to call TODAY. Matt says
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.
Congress is about to let large telecommunications corporations decide which web pages you can and cannot see. Don’t think they won’t use this to keep non-corporate and non-right-wing sites from being seen! You can see what has happened since the Republicans let a few large corporations take over all of the major news sources.
MoveOn is organizing people to fight this. Please visit MoveOn.org Civic Action: Save the Internet
Save the Internet
Congress is now pushing a law that would end the free and open Internet as we know it. Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet’s First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. So Amazon doesn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer.
Many members of Congress take campaign contributions from these companies, and they don’t think the public are paying attention to this issue. Let’s show them we care – please sign this petition today.
The Republicans are trying to give phone companies the right to decide which web sites they will allow to be seen on the internet lines they bring to your house. This is the “Net Neutrality” issue that you might have heard about.
This is up for a vote in a Congressional comittee today. Here are four reps that are moveable on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Please contact them and ask them to please protect internet freedom from corporate interests by voting for Ed Markey’s amendment on network neutrality.
Bart Stupak (D- Michigan, 1st) http://www.house.gov/stupak/IMA/issue2.htm
(202) 225 4735
(202) 225 4744 – Fax
Tom Allen, (D – Maine, 1st) http://tomallen.house.gov/article.asp?id=75
(207) 774-5019 (phone)
(207) 871-0720 (fax)
Mike Ross (D – Arkansas, 4th) http://www.house.gov/writerep/
(202) 225-1314 (fax)
Jim Davis — (D – Florida, 11th) http://www.house.gov/jimdavis/message.html
tel: (202) 225-3376
FAX: (202) 225-5652
For a full list of all reps on the Energy and Commerce Committee, go here: http://savetheinternet.com/=map