Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dear (Your Congressman): No Bailout for AT&T, Comcast, Verizon

The upcoming stimulus contains long overdue language to increase broadband availability and innovation. The only problem? AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon -- arguably the biggest obstacles to broadband saturation and developing new technologies -- are hoping to get a piece of the pie. Freepress's Timothy Karr:

Free Press has a five-point plan3 to ensure that any public investment actually serves the public interest. Our plan makes crystal clear that any taxpayer money should support broadband that is:

  1. Universal: focused on connecting the nearly half of the country stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide.
  2. Open: committed to free speech and without corporate gatekeepers, filters or discrimination.
  3. Affordable: providing faster speeds at lower prices.
  4. Innovative: dedicated to new projects only and available to new competitors, including municipalities and nonprofits.
  5. Accountable: open to public scrutiny so we can ensure that our money isn't being spent to prop up stock prices and support market monopolies.

Building better broadband cannot be another corporate bailout. It must be a buildout for better democracy.

Only public opposition will stop Bishop/Matheson/Crazy-Guy-in-UT-03 from another give away to Telco's and Cable providers. Contact your representative using this tool and let them know you oppose handing more money to corporations who have kept us behind even China in the developing broadband revolution.

1 comment:

  1. The Bail Out Game
    There is is new web based game called the "Bail Out Game." It has you driving a truck load of money around a Monopoly like board while you make decisions about what companies to bail out. Economic events like stock market drops often occur. This would be hilarious if it didn't so closely resemble reality. You can play it here. Have fun while the money lasts