[Libs-Or] Fwd: RE: House Votes to Kill Net Neutrality

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 8 13:55:13 PDT 2011

The ALA Washington Office will be putting out a statement about this action
by the U.S. House and what we can do next.  However I thought I would pass
on to you another bit of action you can take.

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From: "Timothy Karr, FreePress.net" <info at freepress.net>
Date: Apr 8, 2011 1:16 PM
Subject: RE: House Votes to Kill Net Neutrality
To: "Diedre Conkling" <dconkling at charter.net>

   Dear Diedre  — Moments ago, the House leadership passed the "Resolution
of Disapproval" (see below). It's now en route to the Senate.

In their desperation to score political points, members of Congress are
handing companies like AT&T and Comcast unlimited power to block popular
websites and services, and interfere with our ability to connect with

President Obama has vowed to veto this resolution, but let's make sure it
doesn't get that far. Please sign this
tell both your senators to "Save Free Speech Online."

After you've signed<http://act2.freepress.net/go/2386?akid=2440.9289605.0nw4X-&t=2>,
please share this action via Facebook and Twitter. Thanks – Tim
  [image: SavetheInternet.com]<http://act2.freepress.net/go/1359?akid=2440.9289605.0nw4X-&t=3>

*Take Action Now*<http://act2.freepress.net/go/2386?akid=2440.9289605.0nw4X-&t=4>

Dear Diedre,

Yesterday, the House voted to block the FCC from protecting our right to
access an open Internet. If successful, the move would give phone and cable
companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet.

In the Senate, Republicans have introduced a "resolution of disapproval"
that would strip the FCC of its authority to protect our right to free
speech online.1 Both of these moves come at a time when phone and cable
giants are already restricting our ability to connect with others and share

We can stop the resolution in the Senate by getting 51 members to stand with
us for online freedom:

*Tell Your Senators: Defend Our Right to Free Speech

A House vote is on the books. It's now up to the Senate. If it doesn't stop
this resolution, the FCC would be barred from enforcing its already weak Net
Neutrality rule, and from acting *in any way* to protect Internet users
against corporate abuses by AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

*This is not a symbolic congressional exercise — it's a scorched-earth
campaign that leaves Americans at the mercy of a corporate cartel.*

Imagine a world where these companies are allowed to do anything they want,
ban any speech they don't like, charge anything they can get away with, and
hold innovation hostage to their profit margins. If this resolution passes,
there's nothing anyone could do about it.

The resolution is filibuster-proof. We need at least 51 senators to beat it.
Will your senators stand with us?

*Sign this letter to demand that Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley protect
free speech online.
will deliver it to their offices in Washington and provide you with tools to
spread the word across Oregon.

Thanks for all you can do.

Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press Action Fund

1. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and
John Ensign (R-Nevada) introduced the “resolution of
on Wednesday. It already has 39 Republican cosponsors. In the House, Reps.
Fred Upton (R-Michigan) and Greg Walden (R-Oregon) are pushing a similar

2. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps outlined the recent history of “real
threats” to Internet openness during his opening
before the House Commerce Committee (pdf).

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