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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Because non-profit operations (such as EM and its sponsors) would
be adversely affected in all of our operations by departure from 
NET NEUTRALITY, I post this information to the list.

This was directed to me because I live in Mike Rogers's District...

However, folks having the following congressman, should contact
their reps NOW...

John Dingell, Bart Stupak, Fred Upton and Mike Rogers are 
all on the Committee.

Stupak has already voted against the Markey Net Neutrality amendments
in subcommittee so citizens need to switch him around.   

John Dingell previously led a small democrat contingent for the 
Markey Net Neutrality amendment in subcommittee.

If you live in these districts, CALL YOU REP TODAY AND KEEP 
CALLING UNTIL YOU HEAR FROM HAPPENS IN THE FULL 
COMMITTEE.

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Hi Alexander,

Today's a big vote on protecting Internet freedom, and your member of Congress is a key undecided vote. This is your last chance to urge Rep. Michael Rogers to preserve Network Neutrality­the Internet's First Amendment. Can you take a minute to call him this morning?

The public outcry you're a part of is helping to build support for Internet freedom. Last night, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced she will fight to win today's vote. Your call today could make a real difference for Internet freedom.

Please call Rep. Rogers now: 

Congressman Michael Rogers
Phone: 202-225-4872
Lansing District Office: 877-333-6453

Then let us know you called at:

<http://civic.moveon.org/call?tg=FHMI_08&cp_id=325&id=7409-61997-3GyhhAjzvPdsVHwKLMYlrg&t=1>http://civic.moveon.org/call?tg=FHMI_08&cp_id=325&id=7409-61997-3GyhhAjzvPdsVHwKLMYlrg&t=1
If you want more details, the email we sent you before is below.

Thanks,

?Eli
  

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Your member of Congress, Rep. Rogers, will cast a key vote this week on whether to preserve or gut Internet freedom.

Can you call your member of Congress today to find out how he will vote?

 
<http://www.civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet/?id=7409-61997-3GyhhAjzvPdsVHwKLMYlrg&t=3>Click Here

Dear MoveOn member,

The momentum's building to preserve Net Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment. Organizations as diverse as MoveOn, Gun Owners of America, Craig from Craigslist, Google, Amazon, and consumer watchdogs are fighting on the same side of this important fight.

Your member of Congress, Rep. Michael Rogers, sits on the key committee voting on Net Neutrality this week. This gives you a unique chance to counter companies like AT&T and Verizon who are lobbying Rep. Rogers to gut Net Neutrality.

Can you call Rep. Rogers today and ask him to vote for Rep. Markey's amendment supporting Network Neutrality? Then ask how he will vote.

Congressman Michael Rogers
Phone: 202-225-4872
Lansing District Office: 877-333-6453

Click here to let us know you called and to report Rep. Rogers's position on Rep. Markey's amendment:

<http://civic.moveon.org/call?tg=FHMI_08&cp_id=325&id=7409-61997-3GyhhAjzvPdsVHwKLMYlrg&t=4>http://civic.moveon.org/call?tg=FHMI_08&cp_id=325&id=7409-61997-3GyhhAjzvPdsVHwKLMYlrg&t=4

We're aiming to have 1,000 phone calls to members of the House committee by Wednesday. For the greatest impact, please call both his Washington, D.C. office and local district office.

Rep. Ed Markey's amendment is the only true Network Neutrality proposal. If your member's office says something like, "Yes, we support Network Neutrality," it is important to insist they vote for Rep. Markey's amendment. Anything else is a decoy lacking teeth and is intended to provide political cover to members of Congress who cave to big telecom companies and gut Internet freedom.

Here is a recap of the Network Neutrality issue: 
    * We are fighting to protect Internet freedom. Internet companies like AT&T and Verizon are spending millions lobbying Congress to gut Network Neutrality­the Internet's First Amendment. The "Markey Amendment" would protect Net Neutrality. 
    * Net Neutrality ensures that all speech is treated equally online so the public can view the smallest blog just as easily as the largest corporate Web site. Without Net Neutrality, Internet companies could rig the playing field­forcing websites like MoveOn and Google to pay "protection money" to work properly. 
    * Internet freedom has made the Internet great. The idea that everyone's site gets treated the same has led the Internet to be a revolutionary force for economic innovation, civic participation, and free speech. We're fighting to keep this rule in place to keep the Internet great. 

Can you call Rep. Rogers today and tell him to support Rep. Markey's amendment supporting Network Neutrality? Then ask how he will vote.

Congressman Michael Rogers
Phone: 202-225-4872
Lansing District Office: 877-333-6453

Please click here to let us know you called and to report Rep. Rogers's position on Rep. Markey's amendment:

<http://political.moveon.org/call?tg=FHMI_08&cp_id=325&id=7409-61997-3GyhhAjzvPdsVHwKLMYlrg&t=5>http://political.moveon.org/call?tg=FHMI_08&cp_id=325&id=7409-61997-3GyhhAjzvPdsVHwKLMYlrg&t=5

Thanks for all you do.

?Eli Pariser, Adam Green, Noah T. Winer, and the MoveOn.org Civic Action team
  Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

P.S. For a reminder of why this is all so important, check out the diverse coalition launching today at <http://www.savetheinternet.com/>www.SavetheInternet.com. Google, Amazon, Yahoo, and others are also fighting to preserve Net Neutrality. You can find out why by reading their letter to Congress at <http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1653>http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1653.

P.P.S. If Congress abandons Network Neutrality, who will be affected? 
    * Advocacy groups like MoveOn­Political organizing could be slowed by a handful of dominant Internet providers who ask advocacy groups to pay "protection money" for their websites and online features to work correctly. 
    * Nonprofits­A charity's website could open at snail-speed, and online contributions could grind to a halt, if nonprofits can't pay dominant Internet providers for access to "the fast lane" of Internet service. 
    * Google users­Another search engine could pay dominant Internet providers like AT&T to guarantee the competing search engine opens faster than Google on your computer. 
    * Innovators with the "next big idea"­Startups and entrepreneurs will be muscled out of the marketplace by big corporations that pay Internet providers for dominant placing on the Web. The little guy will be left in the "slow lane" with inferior Internet service, unable to compete. 
    * iPod listeners­A company like Comcast could slow access to iTunes, steering you to a higher-priced music service that it owned. 
    * Online purchasers­Companies could pay Internet providers to guarantee their online sales process faster than competitors with lower prices­distorting your choice as a consumer. 
    * Small businesses and tele-commuters­When Internet companies like AT&T favor their own services, you won't be able to choose more affordable providers for online video, teleconferencing, Internet phone calls, and software that connects your home computer to your office. 
    * Parents and retirees­Your choices as a consumer could be controlled by your Internet provider, steering you to their preferred services for online banking, health care information, sending photos, planning vacations, etc. 
    * Bloggers­Costs will skyrocket to post and share video and audio clips­silencing citizen journalists and putting more power in the hands of a few corporate-owned media outlets.  

You can tell your friends about our petition to Congress supporting Network Neutrality by sending them this link:
<http://www.civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet/?id=7409-61997-3GyhhAjzvPdsVHwKLMYlrg&t=6>http://www.civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet/?id=7409-61997-3GyhhAjzvPdsVHwKLMYlrg&t=6

Sources:

1. "Blocking Innovation" section of <http://www.savetheinternet.com/>SavetheInternet.com Coalition Web site
<http://www.savetheinternet.com/=threat>http://www.savetheinternet.com/=threat

2. "Telecommunication Policy Proposed by Congress Must Recognize Internet Neutrality," Letter to Senate leaders, March 23, 2006
<http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1653>http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1653

3. "Net Losses," New Yorker, March 20, 2006
<http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1646>http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1646

4. "Don't undercut Internet access," San Francisco Chronicle editorial, April 17, 2006
<http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1645>http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1645

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