Archive for November, 2011

Anti-net neutrality bill defeated in Senate

On Thursday, the Senate defeated SJ Res 6. The bill would have overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality decision. (For some background on this bill, see the Legislative Panel blog post.)

Thank you to everyone who contacted our Senators asking them to oppose this bill! Senators Mikulski and Cardin both voted against the bill. Please take a moment to thank them for their support of net neutrality. You can do this using Capwiz.

 

Action Alert! Ask Senators to vote NO on overturning net neutrality order

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11/11/2011 Update: SJ Res 6, the anit-net neutrality bill, was defeated in the Senate yesterday. For details, please see the Legislative Panel blog posting.

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This week, the Senate will be voting on Senate Joint Resolution 6 (SJ Res 6) to overturn the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order that was passed to adopt net neutrality. The American Library Association Washington Office (ALA-WO) is asking people to call their Senators and ask them to vote NO on SJ Res 6. The message is that libraries depend on an open and non-discriminatory Internet to provide the public with unfettered access to information. For more talking points, please see the Capwiz Action Alert. You can call Senator Mikulski at 202-224-4654 and Senator Cardin at 202-224-4524.

In April, the House passed a similar resolution to overturn net neutrality—House Joint Resolution 47 (HJ Res 47). For more information on HJ Res 47, see the Legislative Panel blog post. For more of the previous updates on net neutrality, see the Legislative Panel blog posts.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy efforts!

Action Alert! Monday 11am Twitter bomb; ESEA hearing not to include school libraries

Since school libraries were not included in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) bill that passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, they will also not be included in the Senate’s ESEA hearing on Tuesday, November 8th.

The American Library Association Washington Office (ALA-WO) would like to make people aware of this slight and they need your help. If you use Twitter or know people who do, please take part in and/or publicize the upcoming Twitter bomb.

In order to create a concentrated Twitter bomb, ALA-WO is requesting that you send the following tweet out on Monday, November 7th at 11:00am Eastern time:

Senate holding #ESEA hearing 11/8 & #SchoolLibraries aren’t included. Why?! Good #schools need good #libraries!

For people who want to send the tweet directly at one of Maryland’s Senators, there are enough remaining characters to do so.

For Senator Mikulski:

@SenatorBarb Senate holding #ESEA hearing 11/8 & #SchoolLibraries aren’t included. Why?! Good #schools need good #libraries!

For Senator Cardin:

@SenatorCardin Senate holding #ESEA hearing 11/8 & #SchoolLibraries aren’t included. Why?! Good #schools need good #libraries! 

Thanks in advance for your advocacy and your assistance to spread the word!

 



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