Dollar Bill, Slightly Rumpled – Net Neutrality, Halfway Crumpled

Jun 18, 2006 by

House Boots Jefferson From Committee –

The House stripped Democratic Rep. William Jefferson of his committee seat on Friday, one day after Democrats recommended taking action against the Louisiana lawmaker ensnared in a bribery scandal.

Now this news gives me some satisfaction as I was already going to repost the following. Just deserts served up to a so called Rep.

Dear George,
Your representative, William Jefferson, dealt a blow to Internet freedom on Thursday.1

As millions of us raised our voices to defend the free and open Internet2, Internet operators like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast spent millions lobbying the House of Representatives to kill Net Neutrality. A majority of the House members caved—voting for a telecommunications law that would give these companies more control over what you see and do online.

All eyes are now on the Senate, which considers this issue next. We face a more friendly environment there, but we’ve got to act fast—the telecom lobbyists are working on every vote.

Can you call Rep. Jefferson to express your outrage, and then call Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter to demand support for Net Neutrality?

Here are the numbers:

Congressman William Jefferson
Phone: 202-225-6636

Senator Mary Landrieu
Phone: 202-224-5824

Senator David Vitter
Phone: 202-224-4623

Please click here to let us know you called and to share how it went:

Tell your Senators to protect Net Neutrality by supporting the bipartisan Snowe-Dorgan Internet Freedom Preservation Act (S. 2917).

When you call your House member, let them know that when the free and open Internet is at stake, that’s a serious issue—it affects everything. Voting for any bill that guts Net Neutrality is absolutely inexcusable.

Net Neutrality is what allows sites like this one to operate on an even footing with the big conglomerates. Especially following Katrina we can see the need for the freedom of speech allowed by this new medium, look at the variance between the voices on the ground here (such as  Adrastos, Your Right Hand Thief, The Wetbank Guide, Dangerblond, and Editor B.) and the big media.

We need the internet intact now more than ever. It was indispensible for many things, not least of which finding each other while scattered to the winds in those first few weeks. WWOZ used email and their website to centralize lists of New Orleans musicians as we got word of their survival, I was part of that effort working from my laptop in NYC.

Net Neutrality, its important. No matter what Dollar Bill would have you think.