The net neutrality fight moves to the Senate this week, with Ted Steven’s Senate Commerce Committee set to vote on the bill on Thursday. Time to pick up the phones again, boys and girls, because this is crunch time.
"That’s not the way the Internet works. The Internet does not have all this content in there unless the user asks for it. When you hit return on your browzer it actually sends out a ‘get command’ to the server; it’s a very illustrative name for a command in computer code. It actually says ‘get’– that means now send me the file. That file never gets into the pipes owned by the network operators that Mike represents unless their customer who’s paid for that access asks for it. So we’re not clogging their pipes at all. We’re only providing the content that we hope our joint customers want to see."
It’s a great debate, and one that is well worth watching for the back and forth. Are we going to continue to have a free exchange of ideas — or are we going to have to pay double to some corporate gatekeeper in order to have any sort of discussion? Who gets to decide what is or is not appropriate discourse — the free market or corporate gatekeepers? With what are you comfortable on this issue? These are the questions you ought to be asking yourself — and your elected representatives.
You can contact the members of the Senate Commerce Committee via the main switchboard toll free at: 1-888-355-3588. Or you can contact them individually at the following phone and fax numbers:
|Chairman Ted Stevens (AK): (202) 224-3004; (202) 224-2354 FAX|
|John McCain (AZ): (202) 224-2235; Fax: (202) 228-2862|
|Conrad Burns (MT): 202-224-2644; Fax: 202-224-8594|
|Trent Lott (MS): (202) 224-6253; Fax: (202) 224-2262|
|Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX): 202-224-5922; 202-224-0776 (FAX)|
|Olympia J. Snowe (ME): (202) 224-5344; FAX (202) 224-1946|
|Gordon H. Smith (OR): 202.224.3753; Fax: 202.228.3997|
|John Ensign (NV): (202) 224-6244; Fax: (202) 228-2193|
|George Allen (VA): (202) 224-4024; Fax: (202) 224-5432|
|John E. Sununu (NH): (202) 224-2841; FAX (202) 228-4131|
|Jim DeMint (SC): 202-224-6121; Fax: 202-228-5143|
|David Vitter (LA): (202) 224-4623; Fax: (202) 228-5061|
|Co-Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (HI): 202-224-3934; Fax: 202-224-6747|
|John D. Rockefeller (WV): (202) 224-6472; (202) 224-7665 Fax|
|John F. Kerry (MA): (202) 224-2742 – Phone; (202) 224-8525 – Fax|
|Byron L. Dorgan (ND): 202-224-2551; Fax: 202-224-1193|
|Barbara Boxer (CA): 202-224-3553|
|Bill Nelson (FL): 202-224-5274; Fax: 202-228-2183|
|Maria Cantwell (WA): 202-224-3441; 202-228-0514 – FAX|
|Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ): (202) 224-3224; Fax: (202) 228-4054|
|E. Benjamin Nelson (NE): Tel: (202) 224-6551; Fax: (202) 228-0012|
|Mark Pryor (AR): (202) 224-2353; Fax: (202) 228-0908|
When you have Sen. Ted Stevens giving a speech to the TelCo industry, you pretty much know where he stands. But a lot of these Senators are on the bubble, and your phone call or FAX could make all the difference.
UPDATE: Also, please contact Sen. Arlen Specter, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and ask that he consider oversight on the legality of this issue. 202-224-4254
UPDATE #2: As Dover Bitch reminds us in the comments – letters to the editor and calls to talk radio are also much appreciated to put more local pressure on Senators on this issue. Use BobbyG’s success as incentive. (Go, BobbyG!)
UPDATE #3: Josh is keeping a handy tally on who does or does not support the net neutrality issue. (Thanks to reader NJ Progressive for the tip.)