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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Markey Amendment Fails: House Ignores Public, Sells Out the Internet

The "Markey Amendment" supporting Net Neutrality was voted down by a vote of 34 to 22. The "Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act" telecom law, or COPE Act, passed out of the committee without any meaningful protection for Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality means all online activity must be treated equally, and companies like AT&T must allow Internet users to view the smallest blog just as easily as the largest corporate Web site. Major telecom companies like AT&T and Verizon are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to get Congress to change the rules to let them discriminate on the Internet -- forcing Web sites to pay "protection money" to ensure their sites will work properly. AT&T 1Q earnings soar 63.3 percent: they will only get higher when they can charge everyone higher rates and exclude voices they don't like. That's what monopolies do. Plus, they enable the government to spy on you. At least my Rep. Diana DeGette, courageously voted FOR Internet freedom every step of the way. C'mon folks, let your elected officials know how you feel about this !

Related links for the day: 250,000 petition signatures for the Markey Amendment Whip list for the Markey Amendment. I Want My Internets Google, Microsoft, Amazon et al. Good First Start, But Much More is Needed. More on the Rush recusal. Online Jim? Citizens Sign on to Co-Sponsor the Markey Amendment Medicare Plan D for the internets? C'mon Kevin, get a grip. It's a no brainer. Meet Mercenary Mouthpiece Mike McCurry, Enemy of Internet Freedom Watch the hearings here.

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