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Senator Smith votes against internet freedom

Your senator, Gordon Smith, was the deciding vote AGAINST Internet freedom during a key vote yesterday in the Senate Commerce Committee. This after taking $36,250 in campaign contributions from big telecommunications companies.
Your senator, Gordon Smith, was the deciding vote AGAINST Internet freedom during a key vote yesterday in the Senate Commerce Committee.

The committee voted 11 to 11 on the Snowe/Dorgan proposal to preserve Net Neutrality—one vote shy of passage. Your senator voted to let companies like AT&T put tollbooths on the Internet and gain more control over what you see and do online. The fight to preserve the free and open Internet now moves to the full Senate.

Please call Sen. Smith today and say "shame on you" for opposing the Snowe-Dorgan Internet freedom proposal. Tell him to oppose any bill in the full Senate that doesn't protect Net Neutrality. Here is the number:

Senator Gordon Smith
Phone: 202-224-3753

If you get voicemail, you can leave a message—they will get it.

Senator Smith took $36,250 in contributions this election cycle from big telecommunications companies, according to www.opensecrets.org, and then sided with them in yesterday's vote.

Senators who voted yesterday had a clear choice between siding with big money or siding with their constitutents. While 1 million everyday people petitioned Congress to save Net Neutrality, big telecommunications companies like AT&T gave nearly 1 million dollars in campaign contributions to members of the Senate Commerce Committee this election cycle. Politicians need to be held accountable for making the wrong choice.

Thanks for keeping the pressure on Congress as we fight to save the Internet.

-Eli Pariser, Adam Green, Noah T. Winer, and the MoveOn.org Civic Action team
Thursday, June 29th, 2006


Sources:

1. Links pertaining to yesterday's vote:

"'Net neutrality' battle may sink sweeping telecommunications reform bill," USA Today, July 29, 2006
 link to www.moveon.org
"Net Neutrality Issue Holding Back Broad Telecom Legislation," Investor's Business Daily, June 28, 2006
 link to www.moveon.org

Video: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) threatens to "block" anti-Net Neutraity legislation on Senate floor, June 28, 2006
 link to www.moveon.org


2. Articles about the Net Neutrality issue:

1. "Net Losses," New Yorker, March 20, 2006
 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1646 ;

2. "Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality," Slate—Prof. Tim Wu Guest Column, May 1, 2006
 http://www.slate.com/id/2140850/ ;

3. "Executive Wants to Charge for Web Speed," Washington Post, December 1, 2005
 link to www.moveon.org

4. How Net Neutrality affects you
 http://www.savetheinternet.com/=threat