A nationwide network of nonprofit organizations, including the
Organic Consumers Association, are mobilizing to stop Congress
from passing a law that would enable telecommunications giants
to control the flow of traffic on the internet. Companies like
AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are pressuring Congress to pass
the "telecom reform bill" that would allow them to restrict
or slow down your access to certain websites on the internet.
As an example, last year, Canada’s version of AT&T — Telus
— blocked their internet customers from visiting a web site sympathetic
to workers with whom Telus was negotiating. This controversial
bill would create a similar situation in the U.S. whereby telephone
and cable companies would have increased power to control how
well (or poorly) specific websites, including nonprofit organizations,
would function on your computer. The current construction of the
internet allows everyone to compete on a level playing field.
This is the reason that the internet is a force for economic innovation,
civic participation and free speech. If the public doesn’t speak
up now, Congress will hand over control of the internet to these
telecommunications monopolies.
Please take action: