[Davis Democrats] Tug of War Over the Internet--led by the same huge monopolies that are data mining for this administration

John Chendo jac07 at dcn.org
Mon May 15 13:01:28 PDT 2006

with liberty for justice for all

From: "Lauren Coletta, Common Cause" <CauseNet at commoncause.org>
Reply-To: <CauseNet at commoncause.org>

Dear john,

So far, more than 117,000 Common Cause activists have done their part to
oppose the telecom industry's efforts to privatize the Internet and ignore
the public interest.

We need to reach out beyond the Common Cause community if we want to win the
tug of war with an industry that has spent over half a billion dollars
lobbying Congress.(1)

We want to buy web ads on heavily trafficked websites like MySpace and
washingtonpost.com.  We need your financial support to amplify our campaign.


We know the big telecom companies are feeling the heat.  A vote in the House
Commerce Committee on the COPE Act (H.R. 5252) was better than we expected,
with a number of Representatives switching from their earlier positions - in
no small part because of hearing from people like you.(2)

The full House will vote on the COPE Act this month, so we need to ramp up
our efforts now.  Your financial support at this time could make a big


There is still time to counter the huge telecom lobby apparatus with their
slick TV ads and big footprint in the halls of Congress, but we need
millions of people pulling on our side.

As always, thank you for all you do for Common Cause.


Lauren Coletta, Celia Wexler and Dawn Holian
The Common Cause Media Reform Team

P.S.  If the telecom companies like Verizon and AT&T get their way, the
Internet will change from a medium that helps people talk to one another,
engage in their democracy more directly and become informed about issues,
into a vehicle that only operates efficiently for big companies that want to
sell goods and transmit television programs, films and games.  Help us
impact the debate at this critical moment:

(1) See the Common Cause fact sheet at

(2) A full analysis of the COPE Act is available at www.commoncause.org/COPE

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