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The New 'Digital Dead Zones' and Removing Your Rights to Communicate: Deny the AT&T FCC Petition Now

02/25/2013 02:03 pm ET | Updated Apr 27, 2013

It's a simple question: Which future do you want? If you chose New Networks, click here to write to the FCC to deny the AT&T FCC Petition or to read more:

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AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink, who are corporate sponsors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), have declared war on the American public. They have created a new plan to establish new digital "dead zones" and remove a consumer's right to communicate. (Of course they don't claim that will happen.)

AT&T has filed a petition to start this process, while AT&T et al with ALEC have been going state-to-state to remove all regulations -- and laws have been changed in 23 states and counting. New Networks filed to have the FCC not only deny AT&T's requests but to start investigations.

Here's what's going to happen:

  • You live in a small town and one day you wake up and your phone service no longer works -- Tough.
  • You're a small business and you're fax machine or DSL goes dead -- Too bad.
  • You want to get upgraded to broadband that can handle video? -- Sorry.
  • You live in a city and they tell you they're not fixing your line -- Go away.
  • You want to watch a movie or TV show on a mobile device like a tablet, you'll get hit new charges called "bandwidth caps" i.e., you went over your limit or you're paying through the nose; that's because the companies who offer wireless services also own the wire lines that connect the cell towers as well.
  • Your bill keeps going up because there is little no competition or hidden fees in the form of taxes, fees and surcharges are mysteriously added -- Shucks.
  • Your right to complain to a public official is being removed as well as "regulatory" oversight.
  • And cable? There's no competition from the phone companies so prices continue to rise, and this leaves the cable companies free to not offer a la carte packages, or choice of a competitor's set-top box with cool new features. They, too, put on bandwidth caps to stop outside video services. And it will get worse.

But it gets worse: The telecom companies are tightening their grip, eroding your rights:

  • Verizon is suing the FCC to end Net Neutrality, thus enabling it to block, degrade or inspect a customer's calls or data.
  • The Supreme Court approved AT&T's policy of prohibiting customers from pursuing class action suits against a wireless company; it is now attempting to do this with other services.

If you still want what the phone companies and ALEC are offering -- good luck with that.

For everyone else who wants a future of jobs, economic growth and, oh yes, companies that actually want to compete for your services and want America to have fast broadband, internet for everyone at reasonable rates, join us.