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Keeping Freedom Ringing

05/26/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi, Blogging, Political, Economic Development

Looks like we will have the chance to keep the Net freedom ring resonating. Yesterday, a a bipartisan majority on the House Judiciary Committee passed the "Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act" -- a good bill that would protect Network Neutrality and prohibit large phone and cable companies from turning the Internet into their private domain.

Bill HR 5417 was introduced by Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, Ranking Member John Conyers and Rep. Rick Boucher and Rep. Zoe Lofgren. It passed out of the Committee by a vote of 20-13. Fourteen Democrats and six Republicans voted in favor of it, and 13 Republicans voted against it. One Democrat voted present.

I'm sure the pressure is on now, so we have to continue to mobilize our resources, engage the public and put Congress on notice. We do have friends on the Hill such as Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) who introduced the bipartisan Internet Freedom Preservation Act to counter the Stevens' bill.

And bloggers, we have over 5000 of us linking to the SavetheIntenet.com site. Ben Scott of FreePress.org (I met him at the National Summit) testified to 700,000 signatures on the petition and other stats at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Here is the full testimony.

We're making a difference! Let's keep it up.

[Full disclosure:I stole most of this from an email and the blog of savetheinternet.com]

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