[Ma-linux] [marsha at uiuc.edu: [cpsr-global] The Internet's Make or Break Moment--solicitation]
alan at patriot.net
Thu Jun 25 08:09:49 EDT 2009
Marsha Woodbury, whom I esteem, passed this plea for funds on, and
I, pleading the same excuse she does in her first paragraph,
pass it on further.
----- Forwarded message from Marsha Woodbury <marsha at uiuc.edu> -----
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 22:46:39 -0500
From: Marsha Woodbury <marsha at uiuc.edu>
Subject: [cpsr-global] The Internet's Make or Break Moment--solicitation
To: cpsr-global at lists.cpsr.org
This is a plea for funds, which you may find objectionable, but
at the same time, it may have useful information for you, so that's
why it is included.--Marsha
The FCC's national broadband plan will make or break the Internet.
That's why Free Press supporters like you have just submitted more
than 17,000 comments urging the agency to support an open, affordable
and fast Internet -- for everyone.
But the telcos are trying to build an alternate reality, telling the
FCC to draft a plan that simply gives them control of the Internet.
If the FCC listens to their lies, companies like Comcast, Verizon and
AT&T will be allowed to overcharge customers for Internet use, block
new applications and snuff out broadband competition.
Will you chip in $25, $50 or even more to help guarantee an open,
accessible and fast Internet?
The Free Press Action Fund is fighting to make sure the FCC gets the
America currently ranks 22nd in broadband penetration (behind Japan,
South Korea and Iceland) and 14th in speed;
More than 40 percent of us don't have a high-speed Internet
connection -- a fact that has real social and economic consequences;
Comcast and others have been caught red-handed violating Net
Neutrality by blocking and censoring legal content.
Help us fight the telcos with the most effective weapon we have -- the truth.
Donate to the Free Press Action Fund today.
Giant phone and cable companies have deep pockets and armies of
lobbyists to spread their misinformation campaign. We need your help
to outmaneuver them. With your contribution today, here's what we can
do between now and July 8, when the FCC comment docket closes:
Expose the corporate-funded special interest groups that have posted
FCC comments to undermine support for Net Neutrality, broadband
competition and the innovation we need to fulfill the Internet's vast
Mobilize the public to respond to those misleading comments, and let
the FCC know we expect a plan that serves the people, not greedy
Conduct research to debunk the telco lies and ensure that the final
FCC plan (due in February 2010) meets the needs of all Americans, not
just the phone and cable giants.
The Internet freedoms you and I value are at serious risk. Can you
help us stop phone and cable companies from hijacking the Internet?
today, and help us lay the groundwork for an Internet that's
accessible, fast, open and affordable to all ... without corporate
blocking, over-charging or censorship.
Free Press Action Fund
P.S. The window for public comment on the once-in-a-generation
national broadband plan will close soon. Your contribution today will
truly make a difference.
it right now.
P.P.S. Congress mandated the FCC develop a national broadband plan as
a "constitutional convention" for the Internet between now and
February 2010. We cannot allow Big Media to speak more loudly than we
With your contribution today, Free Press will have the resources to
make sure that doesn't happen.
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