This is a letter I received in my inbox this morning, I thought I might spread the word about it.
Dear friends across the US
The next few days are critical to keep corporations from killing the Net as we know it.
Verizon alone has spent $100 million lobbying for new powers to decide which sites load fast (hint: if you’re a huge company paying Verizon big bucks, your site will fly; if you’re a citizen journalist or a cash-strapped startup, good luck).
FCC regulators just proposed strong new rules prohibiting Internet discrimination. The biggest threat now is fear of a Republican backlash in Congress to strip the FCC’s authority if they do the right thing.
Sign the petition to Congress not to kill Internet equality. When we get enough signatures to show the public is concerned, Avaazers will descend on the US Capitol to deliver our call directly to key Senate and House committees. Sign now, then pass it on:
The Internet has always been a level playing field for anyone to put out content, creativity, innovation and information. It’s what’s made independent media outlets like Democracy Now! reach a massive audience that would otherwise be left to choose from corporate media channels like Fox News. This principle, that all sites have equal access to reach people through the same internet, is called Net Neutrality.
President Obama recently demanded the “strongest possible rules” to protect the Internet and his top regulator has indicated that he’ll follow through. With a citizen brigade from around the country, we can show Congress — in person — that we’re not going away until the free Net is fully protected.
The corporate censors, and the politicians whose elections they bankroll, are fighting tooth and nail. We’ve got to speak up now to prevent this 21st Century corporate censorship — sign the petition now:
We can win this fight — we’ve done it before. Along with lots of allies, we helped collect almost 4 million comments before these new rules were proposed. And against huge odds and well-funded adversaries, Avaaz members helped pass strong Net Neutrality rules in the European Union and Brazil. Now it’s time to secure the same protections for the United States.
John, David, Terra, Ricken, and the Avaaz team
No Fast or Slow Lanes for Internet? New Rules Proposed (New York Times)
Obama to the FCC: Adopt the ‘strongest possible rules’ on Net Neutrality, including Title II (Washington Post)
5 Major ways internet could change without Net Neutrality (ABC)
EU votes in favour of Net Neutrality, strikes down roaming charges (CS Monitor)
3.7 million comments later, here’s where Net Neutrality stands (NPR)
Net Neutrality (EFF)
Thank You for reading. “LET FREEDOM RING”
God Bless us all,