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House Runs Amok on FCC

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Minutes ago, members of  the key House technology subcommittee  voted to give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet. 

They passed a "resolution of disapproval" that would strip the FCC of its ability to protect Internet users -- letting companies block our right to speak freely and share information on the Internet.1

This resolution opens the door even wider to corporate abuse. The House seems determined to pass this bill -- so our best chance is to stop it in the Senate:

Defend Our Internet Rights. Stop This Resolution in the Senate.

Already, cable giants like Comcast may be effectively restricting access to competitive video services , and wireless carrier MetroPCS has unveiled a plan to block users' access to most video and audio  sites .

Send a letter now demanding that your senators stand against the resolution. If we can get 51 senators on our side, we win, and the resolution dies.

But if we don't get the Senate to stop this resolution, the FCC could be barred from preventing these companies from blocking any website, banning any speech, and charging you anything they can get away with.2

Testifying during the subcommittee hearing today, Free Press Research Director Derek Turner said, "This resolution will leave consumers completely unprotected" Unfortunately, the debate around [Net Neutrality] has become immune to the calming powers of historical fact and susceptible to the ills of powerful special-interest politics and false partisan frames."3

The  House   majority has rammed this vote through without weighing widespread concerns -- coming from both public interest advocates and the tech industry -- that this resolution is an  extreme  overreach that gives away our basic Internet freedoms.

Tell Your Senators: Don't Let Corporations Take Over Our Internet

American Internet users need an open Internet that lets us view any content, anywhere, not the walled garden that the big phone and cable companies want to build around us. The first step is getting your senators to reject this resolution. 

Sign this letter and we will deliver it to our senators' offices in Washington. Then, use Facebook and Twitter to spread the word across your social networks.

With your help, we will defeat this resolution. Thanks.

Timothy Karr 
Campaign Director 
Free Press Action Fund 

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