letter to EDITOR— Senate hardliners are pushing this Internet-blocking resolution just as protesters worldwide — and here at home — are relying on the Internet to make their voices heard.
to surrender your right to speak online to a company like Comcast whose sole motive is to generate as much profit as possible?
Thanks — Josh
Defend Free Speech Online.
Take Action Now.
A handful of corporate hardliners in the Senate plans to rush through a measure that would give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet.
Called a "resolution of disapproval," this measure would destroy existing Net Neutrality protections and strip the FCC of its authority to protect Internet users — letting companies block our right to speak freely, connect with one another and share information on the Internet.1
We need just 51 votes in the Senate to stop this free speech-killing measure in its tracks. It’s time for your senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, to stand up for online freedom:
This resolution, S.J. Resolution 6, opens the door to corporate abuse of free speech. If it passes, phone and cable giants like Comcast and Verizon will be able to restrict access to competitive video services, mobile applications and other innovative services, and no one will be able to stop them.
By rejecting this resolution we can send these corporations and their hard-line allies in Congress a strong, unambiguous message: "The Internet belongs to the people who use it. Don’t mess with our right to choose what we do online."
If we can get 51 senators on our side, we will win.
Several corporate-funded front groups and Tea Party extremists have joined forces to push this measure quickly through the Senate, before the public has a chance to respond. We must defeat this effort today before it’s too late:
American Internet users need an open Internet that lets us view any content, anywhere. The kind of Internet freedom we’ve enjoyed to date won’t exist if we let big phone and cable companies take a wrecking ball to Net Neutrality.
and we will deliver it to your senators’ offices in Washington. Then use Facebook
to spread the word across your social networks.
We can defeat this resolution with a massive public response.
Associate Campaign Director
Free Press Action Fund
1. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas introduced the "resolution of disapproval" earlier this year and is now promising to "push for a Senate vote this fall." See "Hutchison Slams Net Neutrality Rules," the Hill, Sept. 23, 2011: http://act2.freepress.net/go/6353?akid=2873.9765997.1G77YS&t=11