From: Eli Pariser, MoveOn.org Civic Action
To: Robin J. Rustan <Voiceforveterans@aol.com>
Subject: Call Congress, save the Internet
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 12:14:35 -0700

Your Senator, Barbara Boxer sits on a key committee that will begin hearings tomorrow on whether to preserve or gut Internet freedom.

Can you call Sen. Boxer and  your other members of Congress today and tell them to protect Internet freedom?

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Dear Robin,

Just days ago, a Republican-dominated congressional committee struck a blow to Internet freedom by voting to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment.

Tomorrow, a key Senate Committee that your Senator, Barbara Boxer, sits on begins debate on whether to gut Net Neutrality. As her constituent, you have an important voice to play as the future ofthe Internet gets decided.

Can you call Sen. Boxer first, and then your other members of Congress, today? Urge them to support preserving Internet freedom by supporting Network Neutrality. 

Here are the numbers:

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
Phone: 202-225-2415
Huntington Beach District Office: 714-960-6483

Senator Dianne Feinstein
Phone: 202-224-3841
District Offices:
    Fresno: 559-485-7430
    Los Angeles: 310-914-7300
    San Diego: 619-231-9712
    San Francisco: 415-393-0707

Senator Barbara Boxer
Phone: 202-224-3553
District Offices:
    Fresno: 559-497-5109
    Los Angeles: 213-894-5000
    Sacramento: 916-448-2787
    San Bernadino: 909-888-8525
    San Diego: 619-239-3884
    San Francisco: 415-403-0100

To maximize impact, please call their Washington, D.C. and local offices. Please click here to let us know you called and to share how it went:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1749&id=7678-5258663-4i87bUaavC74_P_GI4FZPQ&t=3

If asked how you heard about this issue, please be sure to reference our SavetheInternet.com Coalition—with over 600 organizations including MoveOn, Gun Owners of America2, Craig from Craigslist, consumer organizations, and others.

If asked for specific bill information, you can urge Sen. Boxer to support the bi-partisan network neutrality bill that will soon be introduced by Senators Snowe and Dorgan. In the House, Rep. Rohrabacher should support "Rep. Ed Markey's Network Neutrality amendment to the COPE telecom law" when it comes up on the House floor—and oppose any telecom law that doesn't include Markey's Internet freedom amendment.1

Net Neutrality has always been the law of the land until recently being threatened. It guarantees that all online speech is treated equally and prevents Internet providers like AT&T from deciding which websites work best on your computer. Without it, these companies can decide what you see and do online.

As companies like AT&T spend millions lobbying Congress for more control over what you see and do online, high-tech pioneers like Google, eBay, and Amazon fighting alongside our coalition. And just recently, the New York Times wrote a powerful editorial endorsing Net Neutrality. It said:

"Net neutrality" is a concept that is still unfamiliar to most Americans, but it keeps the Internet democratic. ... One of the Internet's great strengths is that a single blogger or a small political group can inexpensively create a Web page that is just as accessible to the world as Microsoft's home page. But this democratic Internet would be in danger if the companies that deliver Internet service changed the rules so that Web sites that pay them money would be easily accessible, while little-guy sites would be harder to access and slower to navigate. Providers could also block access to sites they do not like.3

This issue has dramatic consequences, the threat is real, and the time to act is now.

Can you call Sen. Boxer first, and then your other members of Congress, today? Urge them to support preserving Internet freedom by supporting Network Neutrality. 

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
Phone: 202-225-2415
Huntington Beach District Office: 714-960-6483

Senator Dianne Feinstein
Phone: 202-224-3841
District Offices:
    Fresno: 559-485-7430
    Los Angeles: 310-914-7300
    San Diego: 619-231-9712
    San Francisco: 415-393-0707

Senator Barbara Boxer
Phone: 202-224-3553
District Offices:
    Fresno: 559-497-5109
    Los Angeles: 213-894-5000
    Sacramento: 916-448-2787
    San Bernadino: 909-888-8525
    San Diego: 619-239-3884
    San Francisco: 415-403-0100

To maximize impact, please call their Washington, D.C. and local offices. Please click here to let us know you called and to share how it went:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1749&id=7678-5258663-4i87bUaavC74_P_GI4FZPQ&t=4

Thanks for all you do.

–Eli Pariser, Adam Green, Noah T. Winer, and the MoveOn.org Civic Action team Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

P.S. Have you signed the petition to Congress on this issue? Join over 400,000 others in signing, by clicking here:
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1758&id=7678-5258663-4i87bUaavC74_P_GI4FZPQ&t=5

For more information on this issue, check out our coalition Web site, www.SavetheInternet.com

Sources:

1. Video: Rep. Markey's "This is the moment" speech April 26, urging support for his Net Neutrality amendment.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1675&id=&id=7678-5258663-4i87bUaavC74_P_GI4FZPQ&t=6

2. "Gun owners, librarians unite against Bells," Telephony, April 24, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1750&id=7678-5258663-4i87bUaavC74_P_GI4FZPQ&t=7

3. "Keeping a Democratic Web," New York Times editorial, May 2, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1747&id=7678-5258663-4i87bUaavC74_P_GI4FZPQ&t=8

4. "Net Losses," New Yorker, March 20, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1646&id=7678-5258663-4i87bUaavC74_P_GI4FZPQ&t=9

5. "Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality," Slate.com. Prof. Tim Wu Guest Column, May 1, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1684&id=7678-5258663-4i87bUaavC74_P_GI4FZPQ&t=10