Tell Pelosi: We need leadership that will protect net neutrality

Congressman Bobby Rush is strong on many issues, but he has been a clear opponent of maintaining an open Internet. Democratic leaders have claimed to value Internet freedom, but allowing Rush to become ranking member on the House's Communications, Technology, and Internet subcommittee would be dangerous -- especially as the FCC appears to waver on carrying it's promise to protect the net.

Please call on House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to support different leadership for this subcommittee.

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Dear Speaker Pelosi, et al.,

I'm writing to urge you to oppose Congressman Rush's effort to become the ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet (CTI).

We can be assured that the new Republican majority will continue their attempts to undermine openness and freedom on the Internet. The House CTI Subcommittee is the first line of defense against these plans, and the subcommittee needs a ranking member who will use that platform to stand up for everyday Americans and support network neutrality.

Congressman Rush is great on many issues of concern for our communities but his record makes clear that it would be problematic for him to hold this job. When it comes to the Internet, Congressman Rush has repeatedly supported the interests of the telecommunications industry over the interests of regular people, and has been a fierce opponent of network neutrality. And he's maintained that net neutrality is a "solution in search of a problem."

As I'm sure you know, AT&T and Verizon stand out as top donors for Rush, including $1 million from AT&T for the construction of community center founded by Rush that bears his name. This further raises the question of whether he can truly be an effective broker on issues concerning the Internet.

In my view, allowing Congressman Rush to lead the CTI subcommittee would undermine your and the President's stated goal of support for network neutrality. Therefore, I respectfully and strongly urge you to oppose Congressman Rush's candidacy.


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