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Net Neutrality on the Chopping Block - Call Congress Now

by Anthony Kaufman
June 5, 2006 10:34 AM
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While we let the Iraq war drag on, with dozens of innocent people killed every day and the situation growing worse and worse (check out the charts on page 32, 33 and 42 of this Defense Dept report), there is another urgent matter that needs our attention: Net Neutrality. Initally, I was going to make light of the issue when people are dying, but then I realized that the fact that I was able to pull this Defense Dept document off the web just goes to show how vital Internet freedom is, and how related the free flow of information is to fighting global injustice.

In less than 72 hours, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on whether to protect Internet freedom, this via Moveon.org. Call your Congress people today and urge them to protect Net Neutrality—the Internet's First Amendment.

Call your Rep and tell them to vote "no" on the COPE telecommunications law if it doesn't protect Net Neutrality.

Here are the House's phone numbers—it's best to call the Washington, D.C. office directly:

Some tips when calling:

1) If the staffer is making a tally of constituent calls, make sure they have a category specifically for "Vote NO on the COPE telecom law if it doesn't protect Net Neutrality." Otherwise, your representative may get a diluted message and miss the point.

2) If they ask for more details, you can urge your representative to support the bipartisan Sensenbrenner-Conyers Net Neutrality amendment (HR 5417) which passed the House Judiciary Committee two weeks ago with a powerful 20-13 bipartisan majority. And if that amendment fails, they should vote against the entire bill.

3) If you get a voicemail option, leave a message. They will get it.

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