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C&L says people are chucking their AT&T (Cingular) and Verizon cell phones in protest over those companies willingly giving over our private information to an illegal government spying program — and if Paul Begala has any insight, in exchange for the government’s help in destroying net neutrality, something the big telecoms have an interest in.

If you’re not wild about having your personal info handed over like that, here are some other options:

T-Mobile
Sprint
Nextel

Some may be locked into contracts but for others…well, maybe it’s time to take the Blackberry plunge (I’m not there yet myself but have a feeling I will be by the time election season rolls around).

Qwest refused to comply with the government’s request.  If you’re an AT&T, Verizon or Bell South home customer and you want to find out if you’re eligible for Qwest services (DSL, wireless, long distance, VoIP) you can do so here

Think Progress is also reporting that AT&T, Verizon and Bell South could all be liable for $1000 for each person whose phone records they turned over.   Multiply that by the tens of millions of phone records the USA Today article says were involved and the next thing you know you’re talking real money.

Update:  MoveOn has a great action page about things you can do to support net neutrality.