[sf-lug] USA - [Fwd: Don't Let Comcast Shut You Up]

bobbie sellers bliss at california.com
Fri Feb 29 15:41:24 PST 2008

I was perhaps foolish to think this might be of interest
but ignore if you are bored with politics.

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Subject: Don't Let Comcast Shut You Up
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 16:02:57 -0600 (CST)
From: Timothy Karr, FreePress.net <list at freepress.net>
Reply-To: Timothy Karr, FreePress.net <list at freepress.net>
Organization: Free Press: media reform though education, organizing and
To: bliss at california.com

Free Press Action Alert


Dear Bobbie,

Video: Comcast tries to buy our silence

We just caught Comcast Corp. stacking an FCC hearing
with paid (and apparently sleepy) seat-fillers.

The hearing was set up to investigate Comcast's recent blocking of the
Internet. But Comcast packed the room so that the public couldn't get
in to voice their support for Net Neutrality.

We took pictures and recorded an interview that proves Comcast was
taking seats from concerned citizens. Now, we need you to make sure
that the company doesn't get away with this ever again. Here's what
you can do:

1.  Tell the FCC to stop Comcast Web blocking.

2.  Urge your representative to support the "Internet Freedom
Preservation Act."

3.  Tell your friends to take action at SavetheInternet.com.

Comcast is blocking the public debate just like it is blocking the
Internet: it wields its substantial political and financial power to
shut out debate and shut up people.

Comcast paid people to fill space who were so
uninterested in the issue that they took the opportunity to nap.
Meanwhile, more than a hundred people with legitimate concerns were
left out in the Boston cold. (Read more about it on our blog and the
links below.)

Tens of thousands of people have already used SavetheInternet.com -- the
coalition organized by Free Press to fight for Net Neutrality --  to
write the FCC (http://free.convio.net/site/R?i=m1MT9iYIXaORloFtmiVhsQ..
) about Comcast's blocking and urge their elected officials
(http://free.convio.net/site/R?i=64Hp3_ot1cKnsZtFYRozdw.. ) to support
the "Internet Freedom Preservation Act," a bipartisan bill that would
re-establish Net Neutrality protections as a foundation of
communications policy.

For too long, media policymaking has been rigged against us. By taking
action, we're sending a wakeup call to phone and cable lobbyists that
they will no longer set the agenda.

Whether it's on the Internet or at public hearings, we will stand up
for everyone's right to connect and be heard.

Thank you,

Timothy Karr
Campaign Director

P.S. You can read more about Comcast's tactics here:
1.   They Took Your Seat, John Kerry at Huffington Post


2.   Grassroots Support? Or Astroturf at Portfolio.com


3.   Allegations Fly in FCC Hearing Aftermath, from Associated

4.   A View From Outside the Hearing, at SavetheInternet.com

5.   Audio: Media Minutes (5.8 Mb mp3)

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