They’re still the largest Telecommunications lobbying force in D.C. to the tune of almost $17 million dollars in 2014 lobbying for Telecommunications…by way of comparison, they spent $100,000 lobbying for television.
Guess which category the Internet falls under?
This is happening now and you should pay attention because, if passed, this will have grave consequences on every citizen, including employees of the offenders. Literally, the only beneficiaries would be Comcast, Time Warner, etc.
Who gets up before David L. Cohen (Comcast’s lobbying sleazemaster general) and pisses in his corn flakes? That man is hell-bent on destroying the one single piece of democracy we have left in the United States, the Internet.
The guy is a dick.
This is from David Segal at Demand Progress:
Comcast’s war on Net Neutrality just went nuclear.
A key committee in Congress voted yesterday to attach a provision blocking Net Neutrality to a must-pass spending bill that funds the federal government.1
Their implicit threat: Give in on Net Neutrality or we’ll shut down the government.
This could take the fight for Net Neutrality to a whole new level. Will you chip in $5 to make sure we have the resources to win?
Yesterday’s committee vote was the first step on the path to shutting down the government to block Net Neutrality—and we need to hold every member of Congress who voted against Net Neutrally accountable.
If we can organize a backlash that’s loud and clear, we can show Comcast’s friends in Congress that they’re not going to get away with this.
And we’re already on our way. As Net Neutrality champ Rep. Jose Serrano said before yesterday’s big vote, “We have received more phone calls on this issue than any other issue in a long, long time. And I don’t understand why some people can’t understand that net neutrality is here, it is here to stay and it is what the American people want.”
Going forward, we’re going to keep flooding Congress with phone calls and making sure that voters in their districts know which representatives are standing with Comcast against the free and open Internet.
We also need President Obama to stand strong. We know he was willing to go through a government shutdown to defend Obamacare. Will he fight that hard for Net Neutrality? Because that’s what it might take.
We didn’t know how far Comcast’s friends in Congress would be willing to go to block Net Neutrality. Now we have our answer—and it’s up to us to show we’re up to the challenge.