FC: Internal memo from SBC CEO tells employees to back Tauzin-Dingell

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Tue Feb 26 2002 - 22:41:35 PST

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    [Forwarded from a longtime Politech reader at SBC who asked for anonymity.
    Ed Whitacre is SBC's chairman and CEO. The House is scheduled to
    vote on the Tauzin-Dingell broadband bill on Wednesday or Thursday, see:
    http://www.politechbot.com/p-03183.html --Declan]
    ----- Begin forwarded message -----
    From: SBC.COMat_private
    Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 5:59 PM
    Subject: A Message On H.R. 1542 From Ed Whitacre
    A Message on H.R. 1542 From Ed Whitacre
    Fellow employee,
    We have a real chance to see the broadband playing field leveled - and
    you can help right now.
    Congress is considering H.R. 1542 - otherwise known as the Internet
    Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001 or Tauzin-Dingell bill --
    and House leadership plans to bring the bill to the floor for a vote
    on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
    This bill would do two major things: It would take a significant step
    toward leveling the broadband playing field by lifting the red tape
    from DSL Internet service, and it would remove the barriers we face in
    providing long-distance data service.  In both cases, existing
    regulations give our competitors a huge advantage.  In fact, the cable
    monopoly controls about 70 percent of the broadband market, limiting
    choice for millions of consumers.
    Passing H.R. 1542 is SBC's number one legislative priority this year,
    and to support our efforts we've established Connect USA, an
    80,000-member coalition that supports real competition for high-speed
    data service.
    Through the Connect USA Web site at http://www.connectusa.org, you can
    quickly and easily send letters, faxes or e-mails encouraging the
    support of your U.S.  Representative.  The site also provides
    information on how you can help seek the support of neighbors, family
    and friends.
    I am confident that if we make our voices heard, our elected officials
    will take notice and do the right thing for America's broadband
    consumers.  Please take a few minutes today to visit the Web site,
    learn about the issues, and let your elected officials know that you
    support this vital legislation.
    Thank you.
    ----- End forwarded message -----
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