May 30, 2007

Tell the FCC: Don't Give Away Our Airwaves to AT&T

The Federal Commmunications Commission (FCC) is about to give away a huge chunk of our public airwaves to the giant telecom companies, such as AT&T and Verizon, who want to make our Internet less free.
Broadcast television channels will soon vacate a very valuable piece of the broadcast spectrum when they are required to go digital by 2009. However, the FCC has devised an auction process that is rigged to favor only the biggest of the multinational telecoms -- and will sell off the most prized part of the digital spectrum at a fraction of its potential value.

Tell the FCC -- the airwaves belong to the public, not the corporations.
After years of phone and cable company control over Internet access, the United States has now fallen to 16th in the world in high-speed Internet rankings, with few choices and some of the highest prices for the slowest speeds in the world. The broadcast spectrum that will be vacated could deliver an open Internet into your house without the need for a telephone wire or cable modem.
Not only have the big telecoms facilitated illegal Bush administration wiretapping of American citizens, but they continually lobby to stifle innovations such as Internet phone service and to destroy Net Neutrality -- the one principle that protects equal opportunity and free choice on the Web. We need to end their stranglehold and demand a better Internet for everyone.

Tell the FCC to set aside a significant part of the spectrum for open and nondiscriminatory internet access.

Please share this message with everyone you know who cares about protecting a free and open internet from giant telecom companies.
Thank you for working to build a better world.

Will Easton, Assets

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