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From: GrinNBarrett
Date: May 27, 2005 3:28:15 PM EDT
To: economysos@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [economysos] re: who got how much?
Reply-To: economysos@yahoogroups.com

*A Letter to the Verizon/AT&T Five
*

Matt Stoller, Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 06:13:30 PM EST


/I've been asked for background, so here goes. This post refers to a
vote on internet freedom (or 'net neutrality') that took place in a
House Committee today. Right now your broadband ISP isn't really allowed
to block legal web sites or services to their customers. A law that
passed in a House Committee today lets them. It's a little more
complicated than that, but that's the gist. Pretty soon your broadband
provider will be allowed to block Google, Vonage, or your favorite blog
if a competitor pays them, if they develop a competing service, or if
they just don't like you. This sort of undermines the whole internet
thing, and I'm fighting against it. More info is at Savetheinternet.com
. These five people I'm highlighting
are the Democrats who voted against a free internet, and I'd like you to
call them up and let them know that their vote against the Markey
Amendment (that's what the amendment was called) is simply outrageous.
They need to know people are mad.


Dear Verizon/ATT Five,

I know how much you enjoy getting campaign contributions from
telecommunications interests, and I hope that you find yourself swimming
in contributions. I mean, you've earned it, since voting against
freedom on the internet isn't going to get you many fans. I'm also glad
you're so accessible to your constituents, and I've taken the liberty to
list the amount of money you received from cable and telephone
interests, as well as your office's phone number.

1. Ed Towns (NY-10) received $22,000
from cable and telecom company interests. I'm glad I can you reach you
at (202) 225-5936.


2. Al Wynn (MD-04) received $19,100 from
cable and telecom company interests. I'm glad I can you reach you at
(202) 225-8699.


3. Charlie Gonzales : (TX-20) received
$16,500 from cable and telecom company interests. I'm glad I can you
reach you at (202) 225-3236.


4. Bobby Rush : (IL-01) received
$21,000 from cable and telecom company interests. I'm glad I can you
reach you at (202) 225-4372.


5. Gene Green : (TX-29) received
$12,000 from cable and telecom company interests. I'm glad I can you
reach you at (202) 225-1688 tel.


It's hard work to make hundreds of thousands of internet users really
really mad. But you persevered, and in all likelihood your reelection
campaigns will be that much richer. Congrats, guys, you made Santa's
naughty list.

Oh yeah, and incidentally Blogpac is making a list of people to primary
and people to make nice with in 2008. You know, the PAC for the
internets, which is raising money here
http://actblue.com/page/netrootscandidates#8266.

love,

The Internets

PS. And as an aside, we didn't include Eliot Engel
(NY-17) and Bart Stupak
(MI-01) on this list, because they
changed their votes and decided to protect freedom on the internet. The
other Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee

, andRepublican Heather Wilson of New Mexico, voted to protect the internet
as well. Thanks. They can be thanked and should be thanked here.

Moveon.org



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