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Anti COPE efforts

I got a couple of emails that are showing that the fight is not over. Thanks to Amy, Des, and some guy named Fred.

Spread the word.
Send this link (http://www.storiesonvideo.com/cope.html) on to others. Spread the word among people you know -- via email, over the web, in person, you name it. This has been the most vital and most powerful tool involved in activist successes in recent years.
Encourage your resident media outlets -- be it independent, alternative, or even corporate -- to cover the issue and how it matters.
Join in the campaigns already underway to support the future of the internet. For example:
Learn more about the issues from these links:
Salon.com, Global Justice, Chicago Media Action, Free Press, Common Cause, Indymedia, Media Matters, Video on Net Neutrality

Tell your representatives.
Contact your members of Congress -- both in the House and in the Senate -- and encourage them to oppose the COPE Act (Communications Opportunity Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006 - also called "The Barton Bill") . This only takes a minute and really has an effect. It has been a key factor in many victories in the past. Don't be apathetic on this one. They hear from the corporate lobbys all the time. Let them hear from us.
NOTE: If they ask you for the bill number, tell them that it has no number yet. Apparantly, the lobbies are trying to ram this bill through so quickly that it hasn't even been given a number yet. Since this bill is spearheaded by House Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX), it is also referred to as the Barton Bill.
Doing this by phone can be very effective. If you've never done this before and feel a little intimidated by it - don't worry - it's easy. Just tell who ever answers where you're from and that you want to ask your representative to oppose a bill that is currently in congress. They may take what you tell them as a message to pass along, or they may transfer you to a more appropriate
To find out how to contact your representative, go to: http://www.house.gov. It will ask you for your zip+4 and you will be given their name and a link to their website which will have complete contact information. If you need help finding your zip+4, go to: http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp
To get contact info for your senators are, go to: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Send your message via email, phone or even fax. Email is the easiest to do, but faxes and phone calls probably get more attention. Letters are good, but their delivery can get delayed because of security issues.
Tell them whatever it is you feel is important. If you're not sure, here are some suggestions of what to say: you can elaborate about how you use the internet, how you use personally benefit from it, and that you'd like to keep those benefits, and that the COPE Act would very likely restrict those benefits. Tell them that Network Neutrality is important to maintain with the internet. You can also talk about how the COPE Act would limit free speech and diversity of opinion and have a negative effect on democracy in general.
This bill really can be stopped if enough people respond.


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