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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Call Heather Wilson TODAY to Preserve Internet Freedoms

From Common Cause:
On Wednesday, the House Commerce Committee will be voting on the absurdly-named (Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act).

But the only "promoting" and "enhancing" this bill does is for the cable, phone and media interests that have poured nearly half a billion dollars into lobbying Congress over the past eight years to get the perks they so desire.

Please call your House member today. Ask Rep. Heather Wilson to vote NO on the COPE bill. The phone number is (202) 225-6316. The vote is happening on Wednesday, April 26 so your calls are needed today.

The COPE bill would:

  • Place control of the Internet in the hands of few powerful corporations;
  • Transform the Information Superhighway into a toll road, where only the rich get unfettered access to all that the Internet has to offer;
  • Vastly increase special interest monopoly power;
  • End consumer protections against abuses by cable companies;
  • Allow cable and phone companies to raise the prices in poor neighborhoods, while giving special deals to the affluent;
  • Expand the "digital divide" that puts the poor, racial and ethnic minorities and rural families at a disadvantage; and
  • Stifle innovation and economic growth, because it will be too costly for any new Googles or eBays to draw customers to their websites.

Rep. Wilson's vote is critical to stopping this dangerous bill in its tracks. Please call today: (202) 225-6316.

Just eight of the country's most powerful communications companies and their trade groups have spent more than $460 million lobbying Congress to gain all the favors in the COPE bill.  Millions of your voices are necessary to block it.

Please call your Member of Congress today, and be sure to let us know how the call went on the Common Cause blog. Thank you for all you do for Common Cause.

The Common Cause Media Reform Team
Lauren Coletta, Celia Wexler and Dawn Holian

April 25, 2006 at 09:42 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink


I just called. Her staffer that answered was polite but didn't say if she would vote against it or not.

Posted by: El Norte | Apr 25, 2006 1:37:00 PM

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