Please forward to anyone you know who cares about free expression on the Internet.
The "Online Freedom of Speech Act" would preserve the First Amendment's "Freedom of the Press" for individuals on the Internet.
It would place bloggers and webpage publishers on the same legal footing as the mainstream media.
The Federal Election Commission is under court order to impose the burdensome incumbent protection laws (otherwise known as campaign finance regulations) on the Internet. Political expression on your blog or web page would be regulated. But political expression on blogs and web pages owned by the mainstream media, such as NYTimes.com, would be exempt. The "Online Freedom of Speech Act" is designed to prevent this from happening.
Only Congressional action can prevent us from having two tiers of citizenship in this country when it comes to the Freedom of the Press. Unless the "Online Freedom of Speech Act" passes only the mainstream media will retain full, unregulated freedom of expression on the Internet.
The first step in passing the "Online Freedom of Speech Act" will come this Thursday, when the House is due to vote on the measure. The situation is more complicated in the Senate, where the "Online Freedom of Speech Act" has been combined with a very bad bill, the so-called Lobbying Reform Bill. There is time to work things out in the Senate, but . . .
There is no more time in the House. There the vote is likely to happen this week. Please act now, and tell your Representative to vote for the "Online Freedom of Speech Act." Do not delay. It's now or never. You can send your instructions to your Representative
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