June 05, 2006
Get ready to call your Congressperson again on Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality will come up in Congress again this week. Here's the latest email on the subject from MoveOn:

Dear Charles,

It's time. Next week, the full House of Representatives votes on whether to protect Internet freedom. Your representative, Sheila Jackson-Lee, needs to hear solid constituent support for protecting Net Neutrality—the Internet's First Amendment.

Here's an important detail. Next week, House members will be voting on a larger law governing our nation's communications policy - and the current version of this bill guts Net Neutrality. So every representative needs to hear in no uncertain terms that they should vote against this proposed law if it is not changed to protect Net Neutrality.

Can you call Rep. Jackson-Lee to say vote "no" on the COPE telecommunications law if it doesn't protect Net Neutrality?

Here are the numbers - it's best to call the Washington, D.C. office and then your local office:

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee
Phone: 202-225-3816
District Offices:
Houston: 713-691-4882
Houston: 713-655-0050
Houston: 713-861-4070

Please click here to let us know you called and to share how it went:

Some tips when calling:

1) If the staffer is making a tally of constituent calls, make sure they have a category specifically for "Vote no on the COPE telecom law if it doesn't protect Net Neutrality." Otherwise, your representative may get a diluted message and miss the point.

2) If they ask for more details, you can urge your representative to support the bipartisan Sensenbrenner-Conyers Net Neutrality amendment (HR 5417) which passed the House Judiciary Committee last week with a powerful 20-13 biparttisan majority. And if that fails, they should vote against the entire bill.

3) If you get a voicemail option, leave a message. They will get it.

Thanks for helping to save the Internet.

–Eli Pariser, Adam Green, Noah T. Winer, and the MoveOn.org Civic Action team
Friday, June 2nd, 2006

P.S. Here are two informative videos about this Net Neutrality issue:

YouTube video -tollbooths on the information super-highway

Moby speaks out on Net Neutrality in Washington, DC

P.P.S. Can you support this member-driven campaign today? As companies like AT&T spend millions lobbying Congress to gut Internet freedom, we will win this fight because of the power of regular people. A donation of $5, $10, or $20 would go a long way. You can donate here:

Fill in the name of your Congressperson as needed. You can search for your representative by ZIP code here.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 05, 2006 to National news | TrackBack