As you know, I almost never reach out to you
personally with a request to get involved in a debate in the U.S.
Congress. However, today I feel I must.
Right now, the telephone and cable companies in control of
Internet access are trying to use their enormous political muscle to
dramatically change the Internet. It might be hard to believe, but
lawmakers in Washington are seriously debating whether consumers
should be free to use the Internet as they want in the future.
The phone and cable companies now control more than 95% of all
Internet access. These large corporations are spending millions of
dollars to promote legislation that would divide the Internet into a
The top tier would be a "Pay-to-Play" high-speed toll-road
restricted to only the largest companies that can afford to pay high
fees for preferential access to the Net.
The bottom tier -- the slow lane -- would be what is left for
everyone else. If the fast lane is the information "super-highway,"
the slow lane will operate more like a dirt road.
Today's Internet is an incredible open marketplace for goods,
services, information and ideas. We can't give that up. A two lane
system will restrict innovation because start-ups and small
companies -- the companies that can't afford the high fees -- will
be unable to succeed, and we'll lose out on the jobs, creativity and
inspiration that come with them.
The power belongs with Internet users, not the big phone and
cable companies. Let's use that power to send as many messages as
possible to our elected officials in Washington. Please join me by
here right now to send a message to your representatives in
Congress before it is too late. You can make the difference.
Thank you for reading this note. I hope you'll make your voice
President and CEO