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Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Names of The House Democrats who decided to stand with wealthy corporations rather than stand up for The American People's interests.

74 Democratic members of Congress just sold you out to AT&T, Verizon and Comcast. I wonder how much money they each got? You'll find their names at the bottom of this post. Please call, write, email each and everyone of them asking them: 'How much money did it take for you to sell The American People out?'

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They signed industry-backed letters telling the FCC to abandon efforts to protect Internet users by prohibiting big companies from blocking Internet traffic.

Not only is this letter an attack on net neutrality, but by signing the industry letter, they are attempting to drastically undercut the FCC's ability to make a fast, affordable and open Internet available to everyone in America. They are actually taking a position against the interests of rural and low-income communities.

This is unacceptable.

We need to make sure these members of Congress know that their constituents are paying attention and will hold them accountable when they undermine net neutrality protections.

Sign our petition to these representatives telling them that you're upset by their decision to side with the wealthy telecommunications corporations over their constituents.

What this comes down to is a principle known as "net neutrality." Net neutrality means that Internet users, not Internet service providers, should be in control. It ensures that Internet service providers can't speed up, slow down, or block Web content based on its source, ownership, or destination.

Of course broadband providers are insisting that we should just trust them and there's no need for consumers to be protected by net neutrality rules. But we cannot trust AT&T, Verizon and Comcast to protect a free and open Internet any more than we could trust BP to protect the oceans.

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. We might have to trust companies like AT&T, which censored anti-Bush comments made by Pearl Jam's lead singer during a concert.

A free and open Internet is an important part of 21st Century democracy, but these 74 House Democrats signed a letter that undercut the efforts of the FCC to make sure the Internet stays free and open.

In other words, they decided to stand with wealthy corporations rather than stand up for your interests.

The simple fact of the matter is that powerful companies with a vested interest in this fight like AT&T have armies of lobbyists to push their agenda.

If these 74 House Democrats are going to get the message that it's unacceptable for them to sell out their constituents, it's only going to be because people like you speak up.

So take a minute right now to sign our petition.

The following Democratic members of the House signed the industry-backed letter:

Bobby Bright (AL-02), 
Mike Ross (AR-04), 
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01),
Ed Pastor (AZ-04),
Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8),
Dennis Cardoza (CA-18),
Jim Costa (CA-20),
Laura Richardson (CA-37),
Joe Baca (CA-43),
Loretta Sanchez (CA-47),
Allen Boyd (FL-02),
Corrine Brown (FL-03),
Alcee Hastings (FL-23),
Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24),
Sanford D Bishop, Jr. (GA-02),
John Barrow (GA-12),
David Scott (GA-13),
Leonard Boswell (IA-03),
Wally Minnick (ID-01),
Bobby Rush (IL-01),
Debbie Halvorson (IL-11),
Baron P Hill (IN-09),
Dennis Moore (KS-03),
Charlie Melancon (LA-03),
Frank Kratovil, Jr. (MD-01),
Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2),
Elijah Cummings (MD-07),
Gary Peters (MI-9),
William Lacy Clay Jr (MO-01),
Russ Carnahan (MO-03),
Travis Childers (MS-01),
Bennie G Thompson (MS-02),
Gene Taylor (MS-04),
G. K. Butterfield (NC-01),
Heath Shuler (NC-11),
John Adler (NJ-3),
Albio Sires (NJ-13),
Harry Teague (NM-2),
Tim Bishop (NY-01),
Gregory Meeks (NY-06),
Joseph Crowley (NY-07),
Ed Towns (NY-10),
Yvette Clarke (NY-11),
Michael McMahon (NY-13),
Scott Murphy (NY-20),
Bill Owens (NY-23),
Michael Arcuri (NY-24),
Daniel Maffei (NY-25),
Steve Driehaus (OH-01),
Charlie Wilson (OH-06),
Marcia Fudge (OH-11),
Zachary T. Space (OH-18),
Dan Boren (OK-02),
Kurt Schrader (OR-05),
Robert Brady (PA-01),
Chaka Fattah (PA-02),
Kathleen Dahlkemper (PA-03),   <---My State,  wonder how much $$ They were promised?
Jason Altmire (PA-04),
Christopher Carney (PA-10),
Allyson Schwartz (PA-13),
Tim Holden (PA-17),
Lincoln Davis (TN-04),
John Tanner (TN-08),
Al Green (TX-09),
Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15),
Charlie Gonzalez (TX-20),
Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23),
Solomon Ortiz (TX-27),
Henry Cuellar (TX-28),
Gene Green (TX-29),
Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30),
Glenn Nye (VA-02),
Rick Larsen (WA-02),
Nick Rahall (WV-03)


Todd Curl said...

This is unbelievable that we are yet again sold out because the giant telecoms have deeper pockets than we the people. If they succeed in stifling net neutrality regulation, we are at the mercy of At&t, Comcast, Google, etc... They will be able to dictate who gets preferred bandwidth and who doesn't.

Let me guess: the rich and the powerful get preferred bandwidth while the rest of us are screwed. Isn't democracy great? We have such a wide variety of choices when we step into the voting booth. Either Republicrat A, who says they represent us yet enacts legislation for the sole benefit of the wealthy and the powerful; or Republicrat B who seems to be identical to Republicrat A.

Where is a legitimate third party to represent real progressive interests? Oh, that's right, the Supreme Court recently assured that out two party plutocracy (as you put it Patricia) will rule in perpetuity. God Bless the Corporations, our masters and overlords.

A Free America: You Decide said...

Thank You Todd for reading my blog and for your comment. You always bring me a different perspective I hadn't thought of. I fear there is another agenda, that being: to stifle descent. The internet has given the investigative type a very popular, easy to access and a far reaching medium to expose corruption and the corrupt. There are so many people who have not been able to connect the dots between the Big Corporations, Washington & State Governments. Even if by accident more & more people are 'getting it' just by surfing the Net. Killing Net Neutrality is a back door way of Censorship (just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me...(I love that quote). Hopefully the apathetic will feel the squeeze enough to motivate them into action because the truth is, there are far many of us (the squeezed) than there are of them (the squeezers).

A caged tiger bites twice as hard -Chinese Proverb