Posted by: JayaPrakash Telangana | January 16, 2009

No Bailout for AT&T, Comcast and Verizon

Action Alert
No Bailout for AT&T, Comcast and Verizon

Tell Congress: Don’t bail out phone and cable companies. Build out a better Internet for everyone.

Click here to send a letter to Rep. Rush Holt

President-elect Barack Obama has committed billions of dollars to rebuilding America’s crumbling information infrastructure. It’s a bold part of his economic stimulus plan that will revitalize our economy and our democracy.1

But as Obama’s plan moves through Congress, it’s come under siege by phone and cable lobbyists seeking to turn our economic stimulus into their blank check — written out to corporations like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon with no strings attached.2

Only a public outcry will ensure that public tax dollars go to serving the public interest.

Click Here to Send a Letter to Rep. Rush Holt:
No Bailout for Phone and Cable Giants

Free Press has a five-point plan3 to ensure that any public investment actually serves the public interest. Our plan makes crystal clear that any taxpayer money should support broadband that is:

  1. Universal: focused on connecting the nearly half of the country stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide.
  2. Open: committed to free speech and without corporate gatekeepers, filters or discrimination.
  3. Affordable: providing faster speeds at lower prices.
  4. Innovative: dedicated to new projects only and available to new competitors, including municipalities and nonprofits.
  5. Accountable: open to public scrutiny so we can ensure that our money isn’t being spent to prop up stock prices and support market monopolies.

Building better broadband cannot be another corporate bailout. It must be a buildout for better democracy.

Connecting everyone will give more Americans a voice in government, better educate our children,4 revitalize rural economies, and bring hundreds of thousands of new job opportunities to those who need them most.

Greedy phone and cable companies have squandered America’s global Internet leadership — overcharging consumers, throttling content, stifling innovation and dropping us from fifth to 22nd place in world broadband adoption.5

With the economic stimulus package on the fast track in Congress, our plan needs your support right now.

Contact Rep. Rush Holt:
Get Congress on Track Building an Internet for Everyone

It’s time we changed business as usual in Washington. Help jump-start the economy and restore accountability and openness to America’s communications policy by acting today.

Thank you.

Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press Action Fund
www.freepress.net

1. “Obama’s Democracy Stimulus,” Timothy Karr, InternetforEveryone.org.
http://www.internetforeveryone.org/townhall/access/75

2. “Broadband Vendors Line Up to Share Stimulus Pie,” Cecilia Kang, Washington Post.
http://tinyurl.com/7buq6o

3. “Down Payment on Our Digital Future,” S. Derek Turner, Free Press.
http://www.freepress.net/files/DownPayment_DigitalFuture.pdf

4. “High-Speed Internet Changes Family’s World,” Megan Tady, InternetforEveryone.org.
http://internetforeveryone.org/townhall/access/78

5. International Telecommunications Union.
http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/icteye/Indicators/Indicators.aspx#


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  1. sir pls contact us…when u have some free time


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