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.
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:
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.
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.
1. “Obama’s Democracy Stimulus,” Timothy Karr, InternetforEveryone.org.
3. “Down Payment on Our Digital Future,” S. Derek Turner, Free Press.
5. International Telecommunications Union.
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Posted by: JayaPrakash Telangana | January 16, 2009