Wednesday, 22 January 2014



Wednesday 22nd of January 2014 at 2:52 AM
Here is what is going on in the Land of the Free and the HOME of the brave - they are giving the web away to the richest media moguls and I will not stand for it!

I know you'will be busy with Baby, but when you have time Basheer, please glance over this message I am forwarding to you. 

With love,

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Moon, Demand Progress <>
Date: Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM
Subject: 24 hours to beat Verizon
To: Kathleen Bates

Kathleen --
We need your help in a hurry:

Last week a key court struck down Net Neutrality regulations that would prevent Verizon and other ISPs from making it harder for you to access content that they don't want you to see.

In response, more than 75,000 Demand Progress members have already signed our petition demanding that the FCC enact new Net Neutrality rules that will withstand future court challenges.

Will you help us get to 100,000 signatures in the next 24 hours?  That's when we're planning to deliver our petitions to the FCC.

Click here to tell the FCC to enact Net Neutrality rules that won't be struck down by the courts.
Please read on if you're looking for more details.  And if you've already signed, please forward the email below to ten friends who you think would want to help us fight back. 
Yesterday, 3 judges dismantled the open Internet by deciding that big companies should be able to determine what we see online.

They struck down “Net Neutrality” – the principle that no corporation or state authority can censor, slow down, block, or privilege certain content on the web. It's the basis for what has made the Internet a place for creativity, free speech, and innovation.

Without Net Neutrality, the very startups that make the Internet a force of innovation will be throttled – unable to compete with incumbent businesses that can pay to provide their access faster than any startup could.

Tell the FCC – protect the Internet and restore Net Neutrality rules.

As of yesterday’s ruling, no one can protect Internet users from ISPs that block or discriminate against websites, applications or services. Companies like Verizon will now be able to block or slow down any website, application or service they like.

Carriers can now charge content providers to make sure their content works well – something that privileges companies already dominating the market at the expense of the startups that have made the Internet great. Facebook or Google might be able to afford preferential treatment – but what about the startup that otherwise could replace them?

It’s incredibly insidious, and it threatens to take away the level playing field that’s made the Internet such an incredible boon for society.

The FCC, however, has the power to protect Net Neutrality – if they classify broadband as a communications service, something we all know it is with all the time we spend communicating with friends and loved ones via e-mail and social media, they’ll have the power to reinstate Net Neutrality rules.

We’ve fought to save Net Neutrality before, and we’re going to save it this time, too. Together we will protect the Internet.

Thanks for all you do,

Charlie Furman

Paid for by Demand Progress Action, under 501(c)3 sponsorship by the (CEL Education Fund). 30 Ritchie Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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