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The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time

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Net neutrality is the most important free speech issue of our time. And that's why, this Tuesday (Dec 21), when the FCC meets to discuss this badly flawed proposal, I'll be watching. If they approve it as is, I'll be outraged. And you should be, too.

Al Franken, (D-MN), Huffington Post

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cuppa jove to Evergreene Digest--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it.This Tuesday (Dec 21) is an important day in the fight to save the Internet.

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As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it's a truly level playing field. Small businesses should have the same ability to reach customers as powerful corporations. A blogger should have the same ability to find an audience as a media conglomerate.

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This principle is called "net neutrality" -- and it's under attack. Internet service giants like Comcast and Verizon want to offer premium and privileged access to the Internet for corporations who can afford to pay for it.

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Reject Fake Net Neutrality


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  • Commissioners Clyburn and Copps are longstanding champions of real Net Neutrality. If they know you've got their backs, they can toughen up the language of Genachowski's plan.
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  • Chairman Genachowski needs their votes. Commissioners Clyburn and Copps have real political leverage to fix this rule.
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  • The FCC's Guide to Losing Net Neutrality Without Really Trying
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Timothy Karr, Free Press

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After more than a year of waffling on Net Neutrality, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski just announced plans to issue weak regulations that give just about everything to giant phone and cable companies, and leave Internet users with almost nothing.1

Genachowski calls his plan Net Neutrality. But it's fake. It doesn't live up to President Obama's pledge to create lasting and enforceable Net Neutrality protections or to Genachowski's own promises to deliver for the president.2
This is a huge betrayal. But we still have time to fix Genachowski's toothless rule before it goes to a vote on Dec. 21.

Click here to automatically send the letter below to the FCC: "Accept Nothing Less than Real Net Neutrality."

FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps have been unwavering champions for Net Neutrality. They now hold the power of their majority votes to fix the chairman's bad rule.

Click this link to automatically send our mass letter (below) to Commissioners Clyburn and Copps. Take action now and we will hand-deliver your letters when we meet with the commissioners on Wednesday, Dec. 8. They need to hear from you that Genachowski's fake Net Neutrality plan fails on so many fronts:

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  • It fails to protect Net Neutrality for people who access the Internet using wireless devices. There is only one Internet: Users must be free to access any legal website, service or application whether they're at home or using a mobile phone.
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  • It fails to prevent new "paid prioritization" schemes planned by industry. We can't let AT&T and Comcast charge steep tolls to speed up the sites and services of a few media giants while slowing down everyone else.
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  • It fails to close massive loopholes. The FCC can't let Verizon build a new "private Internet" under the guise of "specialized services" that would stifle competition and innovation.
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  • It fails to restore the FCC's authority, which was stripped away during a Bush-era frenzy of deregulation. If the FCC doesn't "reclassify" its broadband authority under Title II of the Communications Act, it risks making Net Neutrality rules that will be tossed out in court right away.
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Commissioners Clyburn and Copps are longstanding champions of real Net Neutrality. If they know you've got their backs, they can toughen up the language of Genachowski's plan.

Chairman Genachowski needs their votes. Commissioners Clyburn and Copps have real political leverage to fix this rule.

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Send them the letter and then tell your friends to take action, too.

Thanks,

1. SavetheInternet.com, "Damning Praise for Genachowski's Plan"
2. Huffington Post, "FCC Chairman Announces Fake Net Neutrality Proposal"

Related:

The FCC's Guide to Losing Net Neutrality Without Really Trying, Craig Aaron, Huffington Post<>

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  • Apparently FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expects the millions of Americans who have spoken out for Net Neutrality to buy this lemon when the FCC meets to vote on his rules on Dec. 21.
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  • Reactions To FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Mixed
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Study Confirms That Fox News Makes You Stupid

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  • A new survey of American voters shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources.
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  • The body of evidence that Fox News is nothing but a propaganda machine dedicated to lies is growing by the day.
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Mark Howard, News Corpse

Yet another study has been released proving that watching Fox News is detrimental to your intelligence. World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.

So the more you watch, the less you know. Or to be precise, the more you think you know that is actually false. This study corroborates a previous PIPA study that focused on the Iraq war with similar results. And there was an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that demonstrated the break with reality on the part of Fox viewers with regard to health care. The body of evidence that Fox News is nothing but a propaganda machine dedicated to lies is growing by the day.

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Phone Companies' $100 Billion Rip-off -- Where Is That Hidden $6 a Month Going in Our Phone Bills?

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The phone companies are soaking all of us for a good chunk of money every month, and they're allowed to conceal it in the fine print of your monthly bill.

David Rosen and Bruce Kushnick, AlterNet

Next time you open your phone bill, check out the numerous anonymous charges listed on it.  In particular, note the one identified as the "FCC Line Charge" or the "Federal Subscriber Line Charge" (SLC).  Ask yourself two questions:  What is it for and why am I paying it?

If you look at your bill, you'll likely have a hard time finding the SLC.  Each state's phone billing method is different and the SLC is often hidden in what is labeled the "taxes and surcharges" section or the "monthly service" section -- or completely missing but added to the bill.   
(An example of an SLC can be found here.) 

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