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Subject: Tell Congress to Save Net Neutrality Now(off subject)
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 15:14:33 GMT
From: wexwimpy <wexwimpy@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Rep. Joe Barton

Congress Sells Out

After accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from
big telecom firms, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is sponsoring a bill to
hand over the Internet to these same companies. He's not alone.

Where Does Your Representative Stand?

Act Now: Save the Internet

Congress is about to sell out the Internet by letting big phone and
cable companies set up toll booths along the information superhighway.

Companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are spending tens of millions
in Washington to kill "network neutrality" -- a principle that keeps
the Internet open to all.

A bill moving quickly through Congress would let these companies
become Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow
-- and which won't load at all -- based on who pays them more. The
rest of us will be detoured to the "slow lane," clicking furiously and
waiting for our favorite sites to download.

Don't let Congress ruin the Internet:

Tell Congress to Save Net Neutrality Now

Our elected representatives are trading favors for campaign donations
from phone and cable companies. They're being wooed by people like
AT&T's CEO, who says "the Internet can't be free" and wants to decide
what you do, where you go and what you watch online.

The best ideas never come from those with the deepest pockets. If the
phone and cable companies get their way, the free and open Internet
could soon be fenced in by large corporations. If Congress turns the
Internet over to giants like AT&T, everyone who uses the Internet will

* Google users -- Another search engine could pay AT&T to guarantee
that it opens faster than Google on your computer.

* iPod listeners -- Comcast could slow access to iTunes, steering you
to a higher-priced music service that paid for the privilege.

* Work-at-home parents -- Connecting to your office could take longer
if you don't purchase your carrier's preferred applications. Sending
family photos and videos could slow to a crawl.

* Retirees -- Web pages you always use for online banking, access to
health care information, planning a trip or communicating with friends
and family could fall victim to Verizon's pay-for-speed schemes.

* Bloggers -- Costs will skyrocket to post and share video and audio
clips -- silencing citizen journalists and amplifying the mainstream

* Online activists -- Political organizing could be slowed by the
handful of dominant Internet providers who ask advocacy groups to pay
a fee to join the "fast lane."

* Small businesses -- When AT&T favors their own services, you won't
be able to choose more affordable providers for online video,
teleconferencing, and Internet phone calls.

* Innovators with the "next big idea" -- Startups and entrepreneurs
will be muscled out of the marketplace by big corporations that pay
for a top spot on the Web.

We can't let Congress ruin the free and open Internet.

Let Congress Know that You Want Net Neutrality Now

We must act now or lose the Internet as we know it.


Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what
to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb
contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin