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Deadline Approaching For Supporting Net Neutrality

Posted by libhom Saturday, January 09, 2010

Protest Sign with Cat saying I Can Has Nootral Internets?
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Do you want content you are interested in blocked by your ISP because it is queer, atheist, liberal, feminist, or otherwise objectionable to a Republican corporate suit?

Do you want your ISP blocking content that competes with their websites or the cable channels they own?

Do you want to be forced to pay extra charges for downloads from websites your cable conglomerate or phone/FIOS company doesn't own?

Avoiding this is what Net Neutrality is about. Net Neutrality is the concept that Internet Access Providers must treat all content the same, regardless of origin. The cable and phone companies hate it, and don't want you to be able to control what you can get to when you use their services.

Credo has an Action Alert calling for the FCC to enforce Net Neutrality, and the deadline for comment is this Thursday, January 14. Here's what they have to say about it?

If you support net neutrality, now's the time to speak out.

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed net neutrality rules that will ensure that the Internet is free from blocking, censorship and discrimination by powerful telecom companies. And the FCC has opened up a public comment period to get feedback on the proposed rules -- but only until this Thursday (January 14)!

We need you to speak up because the telecoms are fighting these rules tooth-and-nail. Their pushback began even before the rules were announced. Eighteen Senators (all Republicans) sent a letter to the FCC opposing net neutrality. One Republican senator even announced an effort to prevent the FCC from spending funds to enforce the new rules once they go into effect. Separately, 72 House Democrats sent their own letter to the FCC opposing net neutrality rules.

This type of pressure from Congress hasn't go unnoticed at the FCC, so now's the time for citizens like you to speak out and fight back.

Without strong net neutrality rules, we might have to rely upon the good will of large telecoms to protect our access to the diversity of political perspectives. We might have to trust companies like Comcast, which actively and secretly interfered with users' ability to access popular video, photo and music sharing applications; AT&T, which censored anti-Bush comments made by Pearl Jam's lead singer during a concert; and Verizon Wireless, interfered with NARAL Pro-Choice America's ability to send messages to its members.

We can't let the corporate lobbyists win. What good is free speech if powerful corporations have the power to stifle communications they find objectionable?

Tell the FCC: Save net neutrality. Sign here to submit your comment before the comment period closes on January 14.

Sign the petition

The petition reads:

Net neutrality is the cornerstone of innovation, free speech and democracy on the Internet. Please propose and enact strong net neutrality rules to ensure that the Internet is free from blocking, censorship and discrimination.

Please Support Net Neutrality Now!

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