Update: Mar. 27, 2009
March 19, 2009
Just as Washington is deciding to spend billions of dollars to connect Americans to a fast, accessible and open Internet, phone and cable company lobbyists are swooping in to change the rules, scrap the Net Neutrality requirements and stamp out consumer choice.
Please fill out the form below to sign the petition and we will deliver your comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
From an email from www.savetheinternet.com:
Buried deep in President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package is a line that should bring a smile to your face.
It says that billions of dollars must be spent to connect Americans to Internet services that meet “nondiscrimination and network interconnection obligations.”
What does that mean? It means that we have won a key battle in our fight for Net Neutrality. The government must now demand that this money — your money — is spent the right way: on projects that abide by Net Neutrality principles.
But get this: Just as Washington is deciding to spend your tax dollars to connect millions of people to an open Internet, high-priced phone and cable company lobbyists are swooping in to change the rules, scrap the Net Neutrality requirements and stamp out consumer choice.
The agencies in charge of spending your money on broadband are convening public meetings to hear ideas from ordinary people. But the first meeting, held last week in Washington, was “packed to the rafters” with industry lobbyists. They created such noise at the event that public voices are in danger of being drowned out.
The final meeting is next week, on March 24. Please join thousands of other Net Neutrality supporters and sign the petition. Free Press will deliver your petitions in person at the final meeting. We promise to let our public officials know that Americans are counting on them to make sure our money only goes to build open, neutral Internet projects.
The petition says: “Under no circumstances should we use taxpayer money to fund high-speed Internet projects that aren’t open and neutral. This is our money, and it should be used to build a better Internet for everyone.”
After you add your name, please forward this petition to friends and family to make sure we’re heard.
We’ve proven that Washington can’t ignore us when we take action together. We have only one week to deliver this message, so please act now.
P.S. Want to know more about exactly how the government should spend billions for broadband? Read Free Press’ latest analysis: Putting the Angels in the Details [pdf].