Some people never give up.
Time Warner Cable is still trying to restrict Internet use and shamelessly overcharge people who use the Web every day.
But we’ve got a new bill in Congress and a plan to stop greedy phone and cable companies from padding their pockets by curbing our Internet use.
Time Warner Cable’s Internet overcharging scam came crashing down in April after tens of thousands of you protested the absurdly high fees. Time Warner Cable backed off. But the company didn’t give up.
Instead, the cable giant quietly launched a customer “re-education” plan, hiring PR experts and launching phony front groups to mislead people into supporting excessive charges. Time Warner Cable also hides the fine print in their “terms of service” allowing the company to disconnect users on a whim.
Now, other phone and cable companies like Comcast and AT&T are weighing similar schemes to hike prices, shut down the free-flowing Web and keep users in check.
New York Rep. Eric Massa promised to introduce a bill to stop this excessive price-gouging. Today, Massa delivered:
Tell Congress: Support the Broadband Internet Fairness Act
By following the link above and signing the letter, you’re telling your representative in Congress to support Massa’s bill. The Broadband Internet Fairness Act would make price-gouging plans illegal and require the big phone and cable companies to disclose their schemes to the Federal Trade Commission.
Giant phone and cable companies see the free-flowing Internet — with users watching YouTube videos, listening to music at Pandora and making phone calls with Skype — as a threat to their local monopolies.
They hate that we’re taking control of our own media, and they want to go back to an era when media giants had control of the switch.
We have stopped the big cable and phone companies — again and again — by standing together to defend our right to an open, fast and affordable Internet. This bill is our bill: Support the Broadband Internet Fairness Act today.
Free Press Action Fund
1. Get the word out on Facebook, post the petition on Twitter or forward this e-mail to your friends urging them to support this important bill.
2. Our friends at Stop the Cap! have been leading the way against the unfair practices of the phone and cable giants; check them out and show your support.
3. Help the Free Press Action Fund continue to fight for your Internet rights. Donate today.