Merger of AT&T and BellSouth

Ok, you guys…get this….AT&T and BellSouth are meshing into one giant monopoly, and they want to create a fee on the internet…think of it like a toll road…those who pay get to drive in the fast lane (exchange and recieve information), and those who don’t pay, well….you chug along, if you’re lucky, on the access road (no DSL, no way to access as much as you do now.)

In advance, thank you for taking action to stop the FCC from rubber stamping the AT&T merger.

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Commissioner Robert McDowell
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554

Dear Commissioner McDowell,

I am writing to register my strong opposition to the merger of
AT&T and BellSouth without a permanent Network Neutrality

We are witnessing a wave of concentration in the
telecommunications market that threatens to sweep away the free
and open Internet. A nondiscriminatory platform for online
communications and commerce has given us the greatest engine of
democratic communication and entrepreneurial innovation in
modern times. Permitting the further consolidation of the
broadband market without meaningful, enforceable Net Neutrality
protections would be irresponsible policymaking.

The federal government must not permit the reconstitution of Ma
Bell without first protecting consumers and the public against
anti-competitive activities and market failure. No public
interest goals are served by handing out favors to large
corporations without any safeguards to maximize public benefit.

The future of the Internet is at stake. I urge you to take this
opportunity to serve the public interest by making
nondiscrimination on the Internet a permanent condition of the
AT&T-BellSouth merger.


Sara Hickman
Austin, Texas

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