“Internet freedom is under attack. The House of Representatives has voted to give giant corporations more control over what you see and do online, and corporate lobbyists are pushing for a quick vote in the Senate. Senator Edward Kennedy could be the deciding vote, but he has remained silent on Net Neutrality. We can change that next Wednesday at noon.
In Boston, we will deliver thousands of petition signatures from Massachusetts residents to Senator Kennedy’s office. The media will be invited, and we need a big crowd to show Senator Kennedy how important protecting Net Neutrality is to constituents.
Can you help deliver the petitions next Wednesday—asking Senator Kennedy to protect Net Neutrality? Please RSVP below.
What: Internet freedom petition delivery to the senator’s office
Where: Senator Kennedy’s Boston Office, 2400 JFK Building, Boston, MA
When: Wednesday, 30 Aug 2006, 12:00 PM
Some senators think the public doesn’t care about this issue. They think we don’t know companies like AT&T and Verizon are spending millions lobbying Congress to eliminate Net Neutrality and give them more over control of the Internet. But petition deliveries in 50 locations across the nation next week will prove them wrong.
We will deliver thousands of petition signatures to Senator Kennedy along with the diverse SaveTheInternet.com Coalition—which includes local small businesses, consumer groups, Craig from Craigslist, MoveOn, the Christian Coalition, Gun Owners of America, Free Press, musicians REM and Moby, and over 750 other organizations.
Just last week, a similar petition delivery event in New Mexico was covered by local TV, newspapers, and radio. That senator’s staff was surprised at the large crowds outside their office, and even invited local residents inside to discuss why Net Neutrality was important to them. The senator definitely got the message that his constituents care—and that message will help us in upcoming Senate votes.
Can you help us deliver a message to Senator Kennedy that he should support Net Neutrality? Sign up for Wednesday’s petition delivery by clicking here:
Thanks for all you do.
–Eli Pariser, Adam Green, Noah T. Winer, and the MoveOn.org Civic Action team
Thursday, August 24th, 2006
P.S. Here’s some more information about Net Neutrality:
1. Where your senators stand:
The petition to Congress can be signed at:
2. What is Net Neutrality?
Right now, your Internet company doesn’t get to choose which websites open quickly on your computer. They can’t decide that Google will open more quickly than Yahoo, or that the website of a company they own will open more quickly than a competitor. That’s because of Net Neutrality—the rule that’s been in place since the Internet was created that says Internet service providers can’t discriminate between websites.
Telephone and cable companies (like AT&T, Verizon, BellSouth, Comcast, and Time Warner) want to eliminate Net Neutrality so they can put tollbooths on the Internet and speed up sites that pay them the most. They’ve been quite blatant about it—here’s what one top executive told the Washington Post:
“William L. Smith, chief technology officer for Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp., told reporters and analysts that an Internet service provider such as his firm should be able, for example, to charge Yahoo Inc. for the opportunity to have its search site load faster than that of Google Inc.” (Washington Post, December 1, 2005)
Some informative links:
“Executive Wants to Charge for Web Speed,” Washington Post, December 1, 2005
“Net Losses,” New Yorker, March 20, 2006
How Net Neutrality affects you
Joint Op-Ed on Net Neutrality, MoveOn and Christian Coalition, Washington Times, June 16, 2006
Who supports Net Neutrality?
Over 1 million Internet users
Over 750 grassroots organizations across the country
Political groups from left and right
College football teams
The Daily Show correspondents
Thousands of bloggers