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Net neutrality: Jackson Lee “on the fence”

Here’s an email action alert that hit home for me:

Dear Charles,

This is an urgent action alert. Your House member, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, is one of the key votes who have still not declared whether they will support Net Neutrality during an important committee vote Thursday morning.

It’s late in the day, but please help secure a “yes” vote for Net Neutrality. This issue is critical—it’s about whether we save the free and open Internet.

Can you call Rep. Jackson-Lee right away to urge support for Net Neutrality during Thursday morning’s vote?

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: 713-861-4070
Houston: 713-691-4882
Houston: 713-655-0050

Some tips when calling:

1) Urge your representative to support the bipartisan Sensenbrenner-Conyers Net Neutrality bill (HR 5417) in the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, and then ask if she will support it without amendment. (Saying without amendment is key.)

2) If you get a voicemail option, leave a message. They will get it before Thursday’s vote.

3) If you do call or leave a voicemail tonight, please consider calling again Thursday morning. Every call counts big time.

Help us keep tally of who is voting the right way. Please click here to let us know you called and to share how it went:

Thanks for helping to save the Internet.

–Eli Pariser, Adam Green, Noah T. Winer, and the Civic Action team
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

I just called from home. The person I spoke to at the DC office (don’t bother with the Houston office, they’ll just tell you to call DC) said Rep. Jackson Lee was “still on the fence” about this. I urged her to support the Sensenbrenner-Conyers bill without amendment. If you’re in CD18, please take a moment to make this call, too. Thanks.

BTW, I’m pleased to see that the Chron got this one right.

If those who provide links to the Internet are allowed to dictate what portions of it the public can access, diversity of content and services will wither as the medium is auctioned to the highest bidder. Congress must guarantee that the Internet retains its status as a vibrant free marketplace of the mind.

Well said. Now please call Rep. Jackson Lee if you’re a constituent of hers and let her know where you stand on this.

UPDATE: More reps to call. Pleaes check and see if any apply to you.

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One Comment

  1. JWilson says:

    She still hasn’t made up her mind. They’re answering the phone at 9:45 pm, 10:45 eastern. Rough life there.