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Reps from Washington State Take Money to Oppose Net Neutrality

CWA’s Speed Matters campaign addresses what is called “Net Neutrality.”  CWA launched the Speed Matters campaign to make high-speed Internet available and affordable to all Americans as it is important to our nation’s education, health care, and economic development.

However, three members of our congressional delegation have decided that the money they get from the telecom industry… Verizon, ATT and Comcast (Xfinity)… means more to them than our ability to compete in the digitized world, and each has signed an industry letter, being circulated by Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas),   addressed to the chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski.  Phone and cable lobbyists are making the rounds on Capitol Hill, urging elected representatives to sign on to this letter to undermine the FCC’s authority to protect an open internet and foster universal access.

Doc Hastings, Rick Larsen and David Reichert do not care if Verizon, ATT and Comcast (Xfinity) practice internet throttling.  Throttling lets carriers slow or block internet traffic.

Why would the major carriers want to control internet traffic by slowing it down or blocking it on occasion?  They’re excessively cheap. The original internet (Telenet’s public data network) was built to tolerate peak loads with the same level of service it normally provided.  Since the cable and telephone companies bought up the original network providers, a race to the bottom has begun in terms of quality of service.

The bigger question here is why would these three side with the industry (corporations) instead of the rest of us?

Money.  They each receive campaign contributions from the industry.  Well, so what?  We know that Hastings and Reichert are corporate shills (republicans), but is Rick Larsen on our side?  He was endorsed by the WSLC at the COPE convention last May.  Maybe he really means it when he says that taking campaign contributions from powerful corporations doesn’t influence his votes.

Baloney!  He wants our contributions; endorsement and support, but still will sign a letter in direct contradiction of one of labors top legislative priorities.

Well, I want to see and hear Rick stand up before the WSLC and delegates from all affiliated unions next August to explain his real stand on net neutrality.  And, he might as well repeat his stance on all of labor’s issues here at home and at the federal level.

This is a perfect example of why labor, both locally and nationally, is turning it’s back on politics as usual, especially from democrats.

You can call, fax or email our representatives to let them know what you think:

Doc Hastings                email

Washington, D.C. Office:

1203 Longworth House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-4704
Phone: (202) 225-5816
Fax: (202) 225-3251

Pasco Office:

2715 St. Andrew’s Loop, Suite D
Pasco, Washington 99301-3386
Phone: (509) 543-9396
Fax: (509) 545-1972

David Reichert              email

Washington, D.C. Office:

1730 Longworth House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-4708
Phone: (202) 225-7761
Fax: (202) 225-4282

Mercer Island Office:

2737 78th Avenue, SE, Suite 202
Mercer Island, Washington 98040
Phone: (206) 275-3438
Fax: (206) 275-3437

 

Rick Larsen                            email

Mercer Island Office:
2737 78th Avenue, SE, Suite 202
Mercer Island, Washington 98040
Phone: (206) 275-3438
Fax: (206) 275-3437

Washington, D.C. Office:

108 Cannon House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-4702
Phone: (202) 225-2605
Fax: (202) 225-4420

Everett Office:
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 9F
Everett, Washington 98201
Phone: (425) 252-3188
Fax: (425) 252-6606

Bellingham Office:
119 North Commercial Street, Suite 1350
Bellingham, Washington 98225
Phone: (360) 733-4500
Fax: (360) 733-5144

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