Thursday, May 25, 2006

What Your Day Job Is For

Calling People In Congress To Demand They Not Fuck Up The Internet!

I just called every person's office on this list. I reached everyone but one. It took less than 10 minutes. Do it!

Courtesy of Daily Kos:

In the 1980s the Republicans "deregulated" radio and television by getting rid of the Fairness Doctrine and allowing a few big companies to buy up all the stations, and now you can't turn on the radio without hearing that conservatives are good and liberals are bad. And you will not ever see a representative of organized labor on your television telling you about the benefits of joining a union. In the South the ONLY viewpoint you ever hear is the Republican Party viewpoint. MAKE NO MISTAKE about what "deregulating" the Internet will mean. It means they will ban BuzzFlash, and DailyKos, and [YOUR BLOG, and MYSPACE, and the TAPIR PRESERVATION FUND, etc!] and any other voice that speaks out against the corporate takeover of your country.

Here is what you can do today. Matt Stoller has a post up at MyDD with a list of members of Congress to call TODAY. Matt says

Urge them to support the bipartisan Sensenbrenner-Conyers Net Neutrality bill (HR 5417) in the Judiciary Committee on Thursday -- and to support it without amendment. Saying without amendment is key.

Here is the list -- CALL THEM:

Howard Berman (D-Calif. 28th)
Phone: 202-225-4695
Fax: 202-225-3196

William Delahunt (D-Mass. 10th)
Phone: (202) 225-3111
Fax: (202) 225-5658

Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas 18th)
(202) 225-3816 phone
(202) 225-3317 Fax

Marty Meehan (D-Mass. 5th)
Phone: (202) 225-3411
Fax: (202) 226-0771

Bobby Scott (D-Va. 3rd)
Phone: (202) 225-8351
Fax: (202) 225-8354

Chris Van Hollen (D-Md. 8th)
Phone: (202) 225-5341
Fax: (202) 225-0375

Maxine Waters (D-Calif. 35th)
Phone: (202) 225-2201
Fax: (202) 225-7854

Mel Watt (D-N.C. 12th)
Tel. (202) 225-1510
Fax (202) 225-1512

Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y. 9th)
Phone: (202) 225-6616
Fax: (202) 226-7253

Robert Wexler (D-Fla. 19th)
phone: (202) 225-3001
fax: (202) 225-5974

Please pass it on!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there. As someone on the other side of the issue, I'd like to share with you the other side of the debate. It's unfortunately not as simple as Matt Stoller and company are making it out to be. I work with the Hands Off The Internet coalition.

Think of the internet like you might think of the highways. We all use them, we all drive on them, and we all pay taxes to build and repair them. We don't all cause the same wear and tear on them though--your average 18-wheeler carrying thousands of pounds of cargo does a lot more damage to the highways than my 4-door or my roommate's 2-door does. Accordingly, 18-wheeler trucks pay more for their right to use the public roadways.

The same principle should apply to the internet. If I use my internet connection to download 10 HDTV movies a day, use VOIP phone services, and play high-bandwidth video games all day, I put a lot of stress on the network. My neighbor might only use her internet to check her email once a day. Is it fair that she subsidizes my massive use of bandwidth by paying exactly the same price I do to use her internet?

Check out our website if you have a moment, there's plenty more information there. It's worth at least looking into:

1:22 PM  
Blogger Lillet Langtry said...

Why are you "anonymous," Anonymous?

I call bullshit on your site, and your false premises.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm anonymous, because I do not have a login set up. If it would make you more comfortable, I could set one up. :)

What exactly are you "calling bullshit" on? This is a complex issue, quite honestly, and neither side of the argument can truly be dismissed so easily. I'd urge you to at least take the time to think about it. The flash animation on does a good job of explaining our side of the issue.

If you have specific questions, perhaps I can address them?

3:30 PM  
Blogger Trey Desolay said...

Why not just sign your name?

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Rick said...

Ahh, thanks. I hadn't realize the "other" option provided this capacity. My apologies!

5:12 PM  
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