For several years, progressives in CA have been trying toorganize within the state Democratic pary. this is one oftheir first real successes.whether it willactuallyaffectlegislation 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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