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For Immediate Release

Liz Rose, Communications Director, 202-265-1490 x 32

Free Press Ad Warns Against Industry Takeover of Open Internet


Free Press ran a full-page ad in the Washington Post
today, in response to news that closed-door meetings were held by the
Federal Communications Commission with industry representatives and
lobbyists about important Internet policies. The ad urges the FCC not
to bargain away the open Internet and calls on President Obama to
uphold his promise to "take a back seat to no one on Net Neutrality."

Free Press President and CEO Josh Silver issued the following statement:

"It looks like yet another federal agency is catering to big business
behind closed doors and ignoring the American public. It's inexcusable
that the FCC is brokering backroom deals with industry lobbyists, while
pretending to run a transparent process. After the financial crisis and
the oil spill, you would think the Obama administration would have
learned a lesson. But we won't stand by and watch the Internet go the
way of Wall Street and the Gulf of Mexico."

Link to the ad:

Full text of the ad:






Chairman Julius Genachowski's top deputies are meeting behind closed
doors with industry lobbyists to cut a deal that would effectively hand
over control of the Internet to Verizon, Comcast and AT&T.

officials are catering to big business instead of protecting the
American people - just like they did before the BP oil disaster and the
financial crisis.
time, get ready for higher prices, fewer choices and an Internet with
corporate gatekeepers picking winners and losers online.

President Obama, you promised to take a "back seat to no one" in protecting Net Neutrality and free speech online.

Don't let our Internet go the way of Wall Street and the Gulf of Mexico.

Insist that the Federal Communications Commission protect the future of communications in America.

Stand up to Big Phone and Big Cable.

Save the Internet.

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