Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Support Net neutrality

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: When MoveOn and The Christian Coalition Agree
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 19:13:28 -0500
From: John Edwards <john@oneamericacommittee.com>
Reply-To: infoOAC@oneamericacommittee.com
To: b.sussman3@verizon.net

One America Committee - A Special Message from John Edwards

Dear Friend,

When MoveOn and The Christian Coalition agree about something, it's a
good bet they're right. Groups as wide-ranging as Gun Owners of America
on one side and U.S. PIRG and the One America Committee on the other are
fighting to keep the Internet the way it is now - free and open to
anyone with access to a computer.

Today, everyone in the world can communicate through the Internet on an
equal basis. A small-time programmer like Pierre Omidyar can start an
auction site out of his home office and turn it into eBay. A blogger
like Josh Marshall can post his opinions on Talking Points Memo and end
up attracting more readers than the country's biggest newspapers.

On the Internet, big corporations are on equal footing with everyday
people. And it needs to stay that way.

Right now, special interests are pushing bills through Congress that
would divide the Internet in two. Corporate deals would determine which
web sites would run incredibly fast and which ones would barely run at
all. Some users might not be able to access sites operated by regular

I don't want Internet service providers to decide which web sites I can
look at. And I know you don't either.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on "Net Neutrality" on
June 8th. Please help keep the Internet free and open to everyone by
signing this petition to Congress.

Sign the petition now. <http://oneamericacommittee.com/r/944/204843>

Some people fear that creating two tiers of the Internet could allow
service providers to shut down web sites whose politics they didn't
like. But even if they didn't discriminate based on content, the access
fees could marginalize smaller and poorer players.

This is the completely wrong direction. We should be making the Internet
more accessible, not less. We should be working to connect rural areas,
schools in poor neighborhoods and other areas where people have not yet
benefited from access to innovation and technology.

I need you to sign this petition before Congress votes on a
telecommunications bill on June 8th. That bill needs to contain
provisions that protect the fundamental Internet principle of Net

The companies that want to charge for the Internet are running a slick
public relations campaign to make themselves look like a grassroots
operation. That's why the folks on our side need to wage a real - and
overwhelming - grassroots effort to make sure Congress understands that
Americans want to keep the Internet the way it is - free and open to

As a member of our online community, you understand the critical role of
the Internet in promoting free speech and the exchange of ideas. Hearing
from you through the help of technology - podcasts, blogs, emails -
helps me learn what's important to you and make decisions about where
the country should be headed.

I hope you will take a moment to stand up for Net Neutrality.

Sign the petition now. <http://oneamericacommittee.com/r/945/204843>

Thank you for taking action.

Your friend,


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