For Immediate Release Hands Off My Internet

Posted on January 27, 2006

Common Cause on Thursday sent to more than 200,000 activists an e-mail alert urging them to send a message to media giants who want to privatize the Internet.

In a parody featuring horns, Common Cause calls attention to comments made by the heads of Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Bell South and HD Net, all of whom have suggested that Internet service providers should be gatekeepers to the world wide web, and make a profit doing it.

"If successful in Congress, these companies would open the door to violate what techies call "net neutrality." It is the principle that Internet users should be able to access any web content they want, post their own content, and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or limitations imposed by their Internet service providers (ISPs)," the alert said.

Common Cause wants to preserve the freewheeling, democratic culture of the web and fight for telecommunications policy in Congress that is fair to consumers.

Click here to view the alert and see the pictures of the media execs.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Media and Democracy

Tags: Broadband for All

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

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