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Hats off to North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield, just one of the Democrats who's gone and sold us out to the helpful people at Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast!

Maybe you've caught wind of all the commotion surrounding "net neutrality" and maybe you know a thing or two about it. Or not. If you want to get the gist of what the hay is going on, click here for a little bit o' learnin'.

So yesterday when I learned that my very own Democratic congressman, G.K. Butterfield, was one of the Democrats who is all in favor of corporate control of what you and I and other regular folks like us can do, see, and say via the internet, I was, well, kinda pissed off.

Congressman Butterfield has sold me out.

So I wrote the man a letter and I thought you might like to read it.

Dear Congressman Butterfield:

I am deeply disappointed by your decision to support the anti-net neutrality letter circulated by Representative Gene Green and the Cable and Telecommunications Association.

The correct decision is to keep the internet open and neutral and equally available to all, Congressman Butterfield. The correct decision is to support the free and democratic exchange of information in the United States.

The incorrect decision is to allow corporations such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast to essentially own and control the circulation of information and conversation in the United States.

I urge you to put your constituents first by changing your position. I urge you not to cave to corporations that truly have no concern for you or me or your children or my children or our children's children.

Do you believe for even one second that the handful of individuals; the CEOs and lobbyists who will benefit from the corporate takeover of the internet will generously look after the rest of us, that their interests are benevolent?

Think about that.

Who do you really care about, Congressman Butterfield?

I just voted for you in the primaries on May 6th and now I wonder if I made the wrong decision. As your fellow Democrat, I expect you to actually care about your constituents and not to sell us out to corporate profit. I expect you to base your decisions on real people, not on profit-seeking corporations.

Democrats care about people, Congressman Butterfield- your decision feels decidedly Republican.

Like I said, I'm deeply disappointed in you.

Originally posted to The Shiny Butter Blog on Wed May 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM PDT.

Also republished by North Carolina BLUE.

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