Published: April 2006

Stop the Internet sell-out

Coalition: Save the Internet Coalition

Network Neutrality is the principle that prevents large telephone and cable companies from deciding what you can do online. The Save the Internet Coalition is a diverse, right-left coalition working to stop Congress from passing laws that jeopardize the Internet's First Amendment, a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents telecommunications corporations from censoring web sites based on who pays them the most.

Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment - a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you - based on what site pays them the most. Your local library shouldn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web site open quickly on your computer.

Net Neutrality allows everyone to compete on a level playing field and is the reason that the Internet is a force for economic innovation, civic participation and free speech. If the public doesn't speak up now, Congress will cave to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign by telephone and cable companies that want to decide what you do, where you go, and what you watch online.

This isn't just speculation - we've already seen what happens elsewhere when the Internet's gatekeepers get too much control. Last year, Canada's version of AT&T - Telus - blocked their Internet customers from visiting a Web site sympathetic to workers with whom Telus was negotiating. And Shaw, a major Canadian cable company, charges an extra $10 a month to subscribers who dare to use a competing Internet telephone service.

The Coalition is a group of grassroots organizations, bloggers and concerned citizens that have banded together to protect Internet freedom.

The Coalition believes that the Internet is a crucial engine for economic growth and democratic discourse. We are working together to urge Congress to take steps now to preserve Network Neutrality, the First Amendment for the Internet that ensures that the Internet remains open to innovation and progress.

From its beginnings, the Internet has leveled the playing field for all comers. Everyday people can have their voices heard by thousands, even millions of people. The Coalition - representing millions of Americans from all walks of life - is working together to ensure that Congress passes no telecommunications legislation without meaningful and enforceable Network Neutrality requirements.

Lead Organization

Coalition Coordinator: Free Press

Other Organizations

Save the Internet Coalition List of Members

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Save the Internet Coalition

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