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For several years, progressives in CA have been trying to organize  
within the state Democratic pary. this is one of their first real  
successes. whether it will actually affect legislation remains to be  
seen, of course.

Best,
Michael

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> From: "Brad Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: July 26, 2007 11:18:18 AM PDT
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [progressivecaucuscdp] Net Neutrality
>
> Democrats,
>
> On July 15th, 2007 the Executive Board of the California Democratic  
> Party passed the
> following resolution in favor of Net Neutrality and affordable high  
> speed Internet for
> America.
>
> The adoption of this resolution was made possible by the  
> unprecedented cooperation of
> both the Labor Caucus and the Progressive Caucus of the CDP.  
> Working together over the
> months following the CDP convention in San Diego, representatives  
> of both caucuses, led
> by Jim Gordon, chair of the Labor Caucus and Brad Parker, officer  
> of the Progressive
> Caucus, were able to craft a resolution that addressed the concerns  
> of both groups and
> Americans as a whole. Once again, after 100 years of organizing and  
> political activism,
> Progressives and Union members have found common cause. Our hope is  
> that this
> resolution will become a blueprint for legislation across the  
> country that preserves Internet
> integrity with open, equal and impartial access and Net Neutrality.  
> Further, that the build
> out of high speed Internet be undertaken as a public utility  
> maintained by union members
> bringing affordable broadband Internet access to all Americans.
>
> No issue of public governance is more critical at this time in our  
> history than the
> immediate need for every level of government to pass and enforce  
> legislation to embody
> the principles of this resolution. Therefore, we call upon every  
> Democrat in America to
> send this resolution to every elected official across the nation  
> and to insist that Net
> Neutrality and affordable high speed Internet become the law of the  
> land.
>
>
> Support of Affordable High Speed Internet for America and Internet  
> Neutrality
>
> WHEREAS to secure the rights of assembly, and free speech online,  
> which are guaranteed
> by the Constitution and encourage new innovative American  
> businesses to flourish,
> Americans are entitled to and require, open, equal and impartial  
> Internet access; we need
> high speed internet for our homes, schools, hospitals and  
> workplaces to grow jobs and
> our economy; enable innovations in telemedicine, education, public  
> safety and government
> services; foster independence for people with disabilities and  
> strengthen democratic
> discourse and civic participation and;
>
> WHEREAS the United States - the country that invented the Internet  
> - has fallen from first
> to sixteenth in internet adoption; US consumers pay more for slower  
> speeds than people in
> other advanced nations; millions of Americans, especially in rural  
> and low income areas do
> not have access to affordable, high speed broadband; the United  
> States alone among the
> advanced nations has no national, Internet policy; the US  
> definition of "high speed" at 200
> kilobits per second (kbps) is too slow and has not changed in nine  
> years: the US and
> California collection of broadband data does not tell us what we  
> need to know about
> broadband deployment, adoption, speeds and prices and consumer and  
> worker
> protections must be safeguarded on high speed networks and;
>
> WHEREAS the growth of a free and open Internet has provided  
> historic advances in the
> realms of democracy, free speech, communication, research and  
> economic development;
> California and US consumers are entitled to and require open,  
> unfettered access to the
> lawful Internet content of their choice without interference by any  
> entity, public or private;
> build out of universal, high speed, high capacity networks will  
> promote an open Internet
> by eliminating bandwidth scarcity;
>
> THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party  
> endorses national, state
> and local policies to promote affordable, high speed broadband for  
> all with strong
> protections for consumers and the workers who build, maintain and  
> service those
> networks; and a national goal for universal access and deployment  
> of networks capable of
> delivering 10 megabits per second downstream and 1 megabit per  
> second upstream by
> the year 2010 and the California Democratic Party supports federal  
> and state initiatives to
> improve data collection on high speed broadband deployment,  
> adoption, speed and prices
> as a necessary first step; upgrading the current definition of high  
> speed to 2 megabits per
> second downstream, 1 megabit per second upstream and policies that  
> promote public
> programs to stimulate build out of high speed networks to all homes  
> and businesses in
> the nation and;
>
> BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party in  
> order to promote
> vigorous free speech, a vibrant business community, and unfettered  
> access to all
> information on the Internet, supports policies to preserve an open,  
> neutral and
> interconnected Internet; protect against any degradation or  
> blocking of access to any
> websites or content on the Internet and insure consumers have the  
> right to free email;
> encourages build out of high speed networks to all homes and  
> businesses so that
> everyone can go where they want and upload or download what they  
> want on the Internet
> as a public utility maintained by union workers.
>
> Submitted July 14th, 2007 by the
> Labor Caucus of the California Democratic Party represented by Jim  
> Gordon - Chair
> Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party represented  
> by Brad Parker  Officer
>
> Adopted July 15th, 2007 by the
> Executive Board of the California Democratic Party meeting in  
> Sacramento, California.
>
>
>
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