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250,000 in 4 days contact scared Congress wanting to kill NET NEUTRALITY/content equality

Continuing story from "Net Neutrality Death or Life of Internet Decided in US Congress NOW, contact info!"  link to portland.indymedia.org ---

IN FOUR DAYS ALONE, 250,000 CONTACTED CONGRESS, and 600 blogs started writing about it. This led many of the subcommittee members mentioning firestorm of calls and letters they recieved and those still voting to kill net neutrality against the overload were said to be noticably "defensive" in their votes, which can be seen on the video recording of the vote.

In four days--versus years of instiutionalized telecom bribery--the gap was closed.

People are aware of the seriousness of this. The net neutrality of the Internet is about to die and be transformed into letting private corporations determine all content you view on the internet as well as your accessibilty of content on the internet. Instead of simply passing on what consumers want to see, corprations will determine what limited content is available for you to see, if this passes. --- The full subcommitee of 55-56 (one not even voting!) voted to recommend to kill net neutrality, 43-22. However, from video it was highly contentious for a committee vote and those on camera voting to kill net neutrality showed "a noticable defensiveness" according to  http://www.savetheinternet.com. Others targeted by blogs made a vote switch to preserve net neutrliaty, making the vote closer than expected. MORE BELOW.
VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR...

...INTERNET KILLED THE VIDEO STAR..

CORPORATIONS TO KILL THE INTERNET STAR?

--- "Ok, so the vote on the Markey amendment to protect the internet has happened, and it was voted down, 34-22. That is a big deal. It's too bad we lost the vote, but we expected that loss. What we did not expected was the narrow margin. By way of comparison, the subcommittee vote was 23-8, which means we should have gotten blown out of the water. We did not. All four targeted Dems by McJoan on Daily Kos flipped to our side,...MANY...BOTH FOR AND AGAINST THIS CAMPAIGN MENTIONED THE BLOGS AND THE ANGRY CONSTITUENTS. There's a white hot firestorm on the issue on Capitol Hill. No one wants to see the telcos make a radical change to the internet and screw this medium up, except, well, the telcos. And now members of Congress are listening to us. The telcos have spent hundreds of millions of dollars and many years on this; we launched four days ago, and have closed a lot of ground. Over the next few months, as the public wakes up, we'll close the rest of it."

If you act now.

"Congress is about to sell out the Internet by letting big phone and cable companies set up toll booths along the information superhighway. Companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are spending tens of millions in Washington to kill "network neutrality" -- a principle that keeps the Internet open to all. A bill moving quickly through Congress would let these companies become Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow -- and which won't load at all..."

This now goes to the full Congress to vote on. Stop the intentional killing of net neutrality now.

Contact the ones below and either castigate or thank. They're listening, and sweating.

Details on the vote and its dynamics below.

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Ok, so the vote on the Markey amendment to protect the internet has happened, and it was voted down, 34-22. That is a big deal. It's too bad we lost the vote, but we expected that loss. What we did not expected was the narrow margin. By way of comparison, the subcommittee vote was 23-8, which means we should have gotten blown out of the water. We did not. All four targeted Dems by McJoan on Daily Kos flipped to our side, and many of the Congressmen both for and against this campaign mentioned the blogs and angry constituents.There's a white hot firestorm on the issue on Capitol Hill. No one wants to see the telcos make a radical change to the internet and screw this medium up, except, well, the telcos. And now members of Congress are listening to us. The telcos have spent hundreds of millions of dollars and many years lobbying for their position; we launched four days ago, and have closed a lot of ground. Over the next few months, as the public wakes up, we'll close the rest of it.

I watched the markup and the voting, and there was noticeable defensiveness among Congressmen on the wrong side of this. They are wrong, they know it, and they are ashamed. Now they know people are watching. So we didn't win this vote, but this close margin was nonetheless a smack to the jaw of the insiders, and a clear victory for the people. Now the battle moves out of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and onto more favorable terrain.

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"today was a victory as a few key players on the full committee changed their votes. Important action is required heading into the Senate but we have created significant momentum and the telco cartel is very afraid of us now. ***This is not how they wanted it to go down. They wanted this amendment to fail quietly, so the Senate would not take it up. We changed the rules today. Great work."*** The fight is not over, and it will come back to the House. Contact your member and let them know how important this vote was to you.

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Yesterday afternoon, a House committee caved to the narrow interests of telecom companies and voted to strip Net Neutrality from a bill moving through Congress.

Network Neutrality is the Internet's First Amendment -- without it companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast will move to control what you do, where you go, and what you watch online.

The vote was an outrage, but the fight for Internet freedom is far from over. More important votes are coming in Congress -- and we have the momentum.

You are one of more than 250,000 people who wrote and called Congress in the past five days. Because you raised public awareness of this threat to Internet freedom, no member of Congress can in good conscience vote with the telecom cartel.

Politicians take action when they realize the public is paying attention. Yesterday's vote was much closer than predicted. Call your members of Congress to let them know that no bill should become law without meaningful protections for Network Neutrality.

Tell them that the public is now watching this issue, and we will not stand for any law that threatens Internet freedom. Network Neutrality must be protected by Congress.

We have ignited a prairie fire of protest.

In less than one week, our SavetheInternet.com Coalition has lit up the phones in Congress.

We've rallied more than 600 blogs to write about this issue.

We've formed a diverse, bipartisan coalition of more than 75 organizations banding together to fight for a free and open Internet.

Congress needs to hear from you right away. Please call and send a letter to your elected representatives. And don't forget to spread the word to your friends, colleagues and family:

Stop Congress from Selling Out the Internet

The fight has just begun. We've already proven that people can make a difference by simply speaking out. Now, let's win.

Onward,

Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press
www.freepress.net

P.S. Stay up to date on breaking developments. Visit SavetheInternet.com

P.P.S. To learn more about yesterday's Committee vote, see the vote tally and call your representative.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Markey Amendment Vote
April 26, 2006

Freedom Fighters:
Y -- Tom Allen (D-Maine)
Y -- Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis)
Y -- Rick Boucher (D-Va)
Y -- Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Y -- Lois Capps (D-Calif)
Y -- Jim Davis (D-Fla)
Y -- Diana DeGette (D-Colo)
Y -- John D. Dingell (D-Mich)
Y -- Mike Doyle (D-Pa)
Y -- Eliot L. Engel (D-NY)
Y -- Anna Eshoo (D-Calif)
Y -- Bart Gordon (D-Tenn)
Y -- Jay Inslee (D-Wash)
Y -- Edward J. Markey (D-Mass)
Y -- Frank Pallone, Jr (D-NJ)
Y -- Mike Ross (D-Ark)
Y -- Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill)
Y -- Hilda L. Solis (D-Calif)
Y -- Ted Strickland (D-Ohio)
Y -- Bart Stupak (D-Mich)
Y -- Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif)

Y -- Heather Wilson (R-NM)

Pro Net Neutrality: 22
(21 Democrats & 1 Republican voting to keep net neutrality)

Anti-Net Neutrality / Pro-Cartel Private Censorship (large telecom companies to determine content streams (and default, the innate censorship) of the internet. They voted against net neutrality (against content neutrality, companies simply there to route where the cosumers want to go) turn the internet into cable TV where large companies would get THE say in what content they want to deliver to the consumer. Killing Net Neutrality is a pro corporate gatekeeping censorship of the internet's open pro-consumer choice content.)
N -- Joe Barton (R-Texas)
N -- Charles Bass (R-NH)
N -- Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla)
N -- Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn)
N -- Roy Blunt (R-Mo)
N -- Mary Bono (R-Calif)
N -- Michael Burgess (R-Texas)
N -- Steve Buyer (R-Ind)
N -- Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo)
N -- Nathan Deal (R-Ga)
N -- Mike Ferguson (R-NJ)
N -- Paul E. Gillmor (R-Ohio)
N -- Ralph M. Hall (R-Texas)
N -- Tim Murphy (R-Pa)
N -- Sue Myrick (R-NC)
N -- Charles W. Norwood (R-Ga)
N -- C. L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
N -- Charles W. "Chip" Pickering Jr. (R-Miss)
N -- Joe Pitts (R-Pa)
N -- George Radanovich (R-Calif)
N -- Mike Rogers (R-Mich)
N -- John Shadegg (R-Ariz)
N -- John M. Shimkus (R-Ill)
N -- Cliff Stearns (R-Fla)
N -- John Sullivan (R-Okla)
N -- Lee Terry (R-Neb)
N -- Fred Upton (R-Mich)
N -- Greg Walden (R-Ore)
N -- Ed Whitfield (R-Ky)

N -- Gene Green (D-Texas)**
N -- Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill)**
N -- Edolphus Towns (D-NY)**
N -- Charlie A. Gonzalez (D-Texas)**
N -- Albert R. Wynn (D-Md)**

Kill Net Neutrality: 34
(29 Republicans and 5 Democrats voted to kill net neutrality)

Absent:
UD -- Vito Fossella (R-NY) (Vito! Asleep at the wheel!)

IF THE FIVE DEMOCRATS WITH ASTERISKS HAD VOTED TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY IN THE COMMITTEE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN 27-29. CONTACT THESE FIVE DEMOCRATS PARTICULARLY FOR AN EXPLANATION! ARE THEY TOTALLY BRIBED? THANK THAT ONE REPUBLICAN FOR VOTING TO LET NET NEUTRALITY LIVE.

Call Them All:

Call the freedom fighters and thank them for standing with us against the telephone and cable cartel.

Call the rest and castize them for caving to the narrow interests of companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.


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House Committee Vote Results: The Momentum Shifts in Our Favor
April 26th, 2006 by Matt

Ok, so the vote on the Markey amendment to protect the internet has happened, and it was voted down, 34-22. That is a big deal. It's too bad we lost the vote, but we expected that loss. What we did not expected was the narrow margin. By way of comparison, the subcommittee vote was 23-8, which means we should have gotten blown out of the water. We did not. All four targeted Dems by McJoan on Daily Kos flipped to our side, and many of the Congressmen both for and against this campaign mentioned the blogs and angry constituents. There's a white hot firestorm on the issue on Capitol Hill. No one wants to see the telcos make a radical change to the internet and screw this medium up, except, well, the telcos. And now members of Congress are listening to us. The telcos have spent hundreds of millions of dollars and many years lobbying for their position; we launched four days ago, and have closed a lot of ground. Over the next few months, as the public wakes up, we'll close the rest of it.

I watched the markup and the voting, and there was noticeable defensiveness among Congressmen on the wrong side of this. They are wrong, they know it, and they are ashamed. Now they know people are watching. So we didn't win this vote, but this close margin was nonetheless a smack to the jaw of the insiders, and a clear victory for the people. Now the battle moves out of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and onto more favorable terrain.

As Sean-Paul said to me over email, "today was a victory as a few key players on the full committee changed their votes. Important action is required heading into the Senate but we have created significant momentum and the telco cartel is very afraid of us now.

This is not how they wanted it to go down. They wanted this amendment to fail quietly, so the Senate would not take it up. We changed the rules today. Great work."

The fight is not over, and it will come back to the House. Contact your member and let them know how important this vote was to you.

video of the vote if you want to watch it here:

"to consider H.R. ____, a Committee Print on the Communications Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 2006"

Full Committee on Energy and Commerce
The Honorable Joe Barton, Chairman
April 26, 2006
10:00 AM

Webcast: Active
Connect to the live webcast of this event.
The free Real Player basic is required in order to connect to this broadcast.
 http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/Markups/04262006markup1848.htm
 http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/ram/2123.ram

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# Via Negativa Blog Archive This website under attack by the U.S. Congress Says:
April 26th, 2006 at 8:39 pm

[... ] UPDATE (8:00 p.m.): To stay abreast of developments on this issue, bookmark  http://www.savetheinternet.com . Despite losing the committee vote to preserve network neutrality today, they report that There's a white hot firestorm on the issue on Capitol Hill. No one wants to see the telcos make a radical change to the internet and screw this medium up, except, well, the telcos. And now members of Congress are listening to us. The telcos have spent hundreds of millions of dollars and many years lobbying for their position; we launched four days ago, and have closed a lot of ground. Over the next few months, as the public wakes up, we'll close the rest of it. [... ]

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# Successful Blog - Net Neutrality 4-27-2006 Says:
April 27th, 2006 at 9:22 am

[... ] Save the Internet.com, House Committee Vote Results: The Momentum Shifts in Our Favor Ok, so the vote on the Markey amendment to protect the internet has happened, and it was voted down, 34-22. That is a big deal. It's too bad we lost the vote, but we expected that loss. What we did not expected was the narrow margin. By way of comparison, the subcommittee vote was 23-8, which means we should have gotten blown out of the water. [... ]

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250,000 petition signatures for the Markey Amendment
April 26th, 2006 by Matt

250,000 people. In less than a week. Americans like their internet.

The SavetheInternet.com Coalition today announced that in less than a week it had collected more than 250,000 signatures calling on the House Energy & Commerce Committee to protect Internet freedom by passing the "Markey Amendment" today. Groups on the right and left have worked together, and both sides of the political blogosphere have galvanized behind this political issue with nearly 500 blogs linking to www.SavetheInternet.com within days.Major telecom companies like AT&T and Verizon are spending 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.

"Internet freedom is under attack today by telecom companies who are spending millions lobbying Congress to gut Network Neutrality, the First Amendment of the Internet," said Timothy Karr, campaign director of Free Press. "Net Neutrality ensures that the public can view the smallest blog just as easily as the largest corporate Web site by preventing companies like AT&T from rigging the playing field for only the highest-paying sites and services."

"The bill before us permits private taxation of the Internet," said Michigan Rep. John Dingell this week.


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 http://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/

and

newswire article reporting global 21.Apr.2006 20:14
corporate dominance | media criticism
Net Neutrality Death or Life of Internet Decided in US Congress NOW, contact info!
author: Robert W. McChesney

"Congress is about to sell out the Internet by letting big phone and cable companies set up toll booths along the information superhighway. Companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are spending tens of millions in Washington to kill "network neutrality" -- a principle that keeps the Internet open to all. A bill moving quickly through Congress would let these companies become Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow -- and which won't load at all..."

Here it is, it's been knocking on the door for a while...the corporate majors are about to strangle the internet. The voting is down to the wire. Please contact undecided members of Congress on the Committee...This crucial issue that will decide "network neutrality" as well as future content streams of the Internet.

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 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/04/338052.shtml


"The bill before us permits private taxation of the Internet," said Michigan Rep. John Dingell this week. [and private gatekeeping censorship on consumer desired content.]

 http://www.savetheinternet.com