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Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira

Urgent news -- it's hard to believe, but Representative Henry Waxman may be about to cave and turn over the free and open Internet to the big phone and cable companies.

The National Journal is reporting that Waxman just cut a deal that would kill Net Neutrality -- the First Amendment of the Internet -- and he's pushing House leaders to hold a vote this year.

The Washington Post is calling it a "big win for the Bells and cable." But ending the Internet's level playing field and letting big corporations control whose opinions get heard more online would make the rest of us big losers.

House leadership can stop this bill. Can you call Speaker Pelosi and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen? Tell them the worst thing for Democrats before a big election is another cave to corporations -- and they should kill Waxman's bill. Click here for the numbers and a script.

A world without Net Neutrality means that free speech online is replaced with speech for the highest bidder. Is that more likely to be you or Fox News?

The National Journal reports that under Waxman's bill, "nondiscrimination language does not apply to wireless providers" -- meaning, phone and cable companies could kill free speech on that little thing known as wireless internet (aka the future of the Internet).

The bill "leaves open their ability to block applications" and actively blocks the FCC's request to "allow the government to impose rules designed to preserve the Internet's openness."

At a time when Democrats need to inspire people to vote, a bill that caves and gives control of the Internet to big corporations is about the worst idea possible. Let's make that clear!

Can you call Speaker Pelosi and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen? Tell them to use their clout to kill Waxman's bill -- click here for the numbers and a script.

Thanks for being a bold progressive,

Jason Rosenbaum, Adam Green, Julia Rosen, Stephanie Taylor, and the rest of the PCCC team

Related:

Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power, Eliza Krigman, Tech Daily Dose

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  • The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose.
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  • Jim Hightower: The fight for net neutrality
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