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Received this e-mail from Senator Al Franken (D. MN) regarding net neutrality:
Net neutrality is in deep trouble.

If you’re new to this fight: Net neutrality is the principle that all websites should be treated the same by Internet providers and not given a leg up for any reason. The website of a mom-and-pop small business shouldn’t load any slower than the website of their multi-national conglomerate competitor.

But a federal court just stopped net neutrality rules from going into effect, opening the door for the big telecom corporations to give their preferred content an unfair advantage.

We need to fight back -- click here to sign my petition in support of net neutrality.

Without net neutrality, these big telecom corporations could become gatekeepers to the Internet. Small businesses could face an even more uneven playing field than they already do. Independent content could become harder and harder to find online. And you could wind up paying more to access the sites you want to surf.

Big companies like Verizon, Comcast, and Time Warner shouldn’t get to decide who can use the fast lane on the information superhighway -- which, after all, was developed at taxpayer expense and has been open to us all by design.

But if this court ruling is the final word, there will be nothing to stop Internet providers from violating net neutrality.

Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen -- click here to sign on in support of net neutrality!

I talk to Minnesotans every day who are sick of paying more for less when it comes to broadband Internet. And I don’t want to see that trend continue.

That’s why I’ve been proud to lead the fight in support of net neutrality. But now, with this court ruling dealing us a huge setback, I need you with me in that fight more than ever.

Click here to say you support net neutrality and let’s organize to make sure we protect it.



P.S.: If net neutrality is destroyed, telecom companies could even make it harder to access content that challenges their control of the Internet -- a good reason to sign our petition!

You can click here to add your name:

Originally posted to pdc on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 09:14 AM PST.

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  •  Al is one of the few who understand the internet (4+ / 0-)

    in congress. It is very obvious to people who know what's what that most congresscritters still think Google IS the Internet and the concept of equal speed access for everyone instead of exclusively giant corporations means nothing to them. They don't even understand the difference between DSL and cable. Cloud storage is some kind of unsettling magic to them. They are so unqualified to craft technology policy it's laughable.

    Please Al, break it all down so these simpletons actually get it.

    Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil

    by bull8807 on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 11:50:22 AM PST

  •  Thanks so much, poopdog. I cannot understand (2+ / 0-)
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    nchristine, belinda ridgewood

    why more people are not deeply concerned about this. The loss of Net Neutrality is going to change all of our lives, in a negative way,  if we don't stop it. I also think it is going to be particularly difficult for Democrats to use the Internet for fundraising and organizing, a tool they have used much more effectively than the Repugs.

    People seem to be focused on Chris Christie ( an important topic) to the exclusion of much else. This is SO important.

    I have been shocked by not seeing anything from Al Franken before this. I went on his Web site and found a letter he wrote to the FCC, but I haven't gotten anything from him and he has been so active in the fight for Net Neutrality in the past.

    I got an email from Free Press with a petition. Only 120,000 people had signed it and it had been circulating for a while. Millions and millions of people should be pushing back on this and bombarding the FCC with emails, calls and snail mail. I just do not understand the apathy. I have to think that people do not understand what the loss of Net Neutrality will mean to this country, especially to Dems, the poor and small businesses.

    Essentially, Verizon and other telecom companies will choose what we can view and how fast, our costs for using the Internet are going to rise astronomically, sites like Netflix, and any other business that is in competition with Verizon and the like, will be barely accessible and on and on.

    Please people, wake up and get active. It is a vital issue.  

    Thanks again, so much.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 02:19:04 PM PST

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