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My fantastic congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) responded in about three days to my email regarding the Markey amendment. Forgive me for just introducing and block quoting, but this is the kind of response we live for. I'm lucky, but those of you in other not-so-lucky districts, please keep the communications flowing.

I told her what that I supported her, that this issue was important to me, that I had a twenty-five year history of working in the network industry in some capacity, and that I wanted her to support this amendment and all efforts to keep the Net free.

This is an election year and every communication counts. Thanks.

Her letter:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for network neutrality. As your Representative, I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

You will be pleased to learn that we are in complete agreement. As you know, the internet's explosive growth over the last decade has been based on network neutrality-the principle that network service providers should neither block nor interfere with lawful internet traffic and must not prioritize or discriminate against legal content available online. Recently, however, some network providers, such as cable and phone companies, have expressed interest in creating a multi-tiered internet that would prioritize certain classes of content over others.

The Energy and Commerce Committee, on which I serve, recently considered the Communications Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 2006, which would update the nation's telecommunications laws. I voted for an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), that would require that high-speed internet service providers operate their network in a non-discriminatory fashion. Unfortunately, this amendment was defeated on a 22-34 vote. Partly because of the lack of network neutrality provisions, I voted against the bill on final passage, but it passed 42-12.

I am committed to an internet that remains open and equally accessible to all. Network providers should not create shortcuts in the internet for preferred content, which would undermine the internet's democratic nature. Please be assured that I will continue to fight to enshrine network neutrality in law, and I sincerely hope that the legislation can be improved when the House considers it shortly.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please keep in touch.

Member of Congress

Originally posted to marksb on Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 04:25 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Sorry (0+ / 0-)

    but business in addition to already having bought and paid for the US government has the capacity to run circles around any "regulatory" attempts.The government took a full ten years in the Microsoft anti-trust suit with absolutley nothing to show for it.  Predatory practices in the world of IT have and will continue to the point where society becomes Orwell's reality.
    Then again, when we are all freezing in the dark next winter the internet will be a distant memory.

  •  Lois is so cool (3+ / 0-)
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    Elise, SoCalLiberal, NeuvoLiberal

    I was a UCSB student for 4 years and an Isla Vista resident for 4 more, and was represented first by Lois' late husband Walter (a former UCSB prof) and then Lois. Thanks to the freaky gerrymandering of CA-23 I'm still in her district after moving a half-hour down the road. In this case, a funny-shaped district is fine by me.

    •  It's fine by me too (1+ / 0-)
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      My dad went to UCSB in the 70's (where he was a radical student protester) and he had Walter Capps for a professor.  And Capps was one of his favorite professors too so he was very pleased when Walter was elected to congress.  And of course, Lois Capps has become an accomplished member of congress in her own right.  Actually due to the gerrymandering the Santa Barbara based 23rd and the West LA based 30th come pretty close to touching each other at the Ventura County borderline now although I think Gallegly's district (CA-24) cuts in at Port Hueneme.

  •  We need to put this in terms they can understand (3+ / 0-)
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    Chicago Jason, vansterdam, Elise

    I think we should let Congress know, that lack of net neutrality means that AT&T, or Verizon, could go to them and their competitor in the next election, and cater to the highest bidder. In other words, whoever pays more gets their website distributed to interested constituents at normal speed. Of course the low bidder's website is going to crawl across the internet on its way to prospective voters at a mere 2 kbps.

    Sound fair?

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