Cnet is reporting that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee has released a new bill that includes a network neutrality provision. The bill appears to have some bi-partisan support.

The provision would prohibit telcos from charging higher rates for prioritizing some data, thus creating a two-tiered Internet. According to the article, Republican John Sensenbrenner, “Citing government statistics that 98 percent of Americans have at most two choices for broadband service…(that includes us on the Northcoast), Sensenbrenner said such a ‘virtual duopoly’ is ripe for anticompetitive practices, and ‘a clear antitrust remedy is needed.'”

Elsewhere, some celebrities are getting on board with Net Neutrality. Musician Moby and the band R.E.M. have aligned themselves with the concept. If you’re interested in learning more about this issue visit Save the Internet.

If you’re ready to take some action, here are some contact numbers for our Congressional representatives. You can urge them to support the efforts protect Internet as we have know it.
Here are the numbers:

Congressman Mike Thompson
Phone: 202-225-3311
District Offices:
Eureka: 707-269-9595
Fort Bragg: 707-962-0933
Napa: 707-226-9898
Woodland: 530-662-5272

Senator Dianne Feinstein
Phone: 202-224-3841
District Offices:
Fresno: 559-485-7430
Los Angeles: 310-914-7300
San Diego: 619-231-9712
San Francisco: 415-393-0707

Senator Barbara Boxer
Phone: 202-224-3553
District Offices:
Fresno: 559-497-5109
Los Angeles: 213-894-5000
Sacramento: 916-448-2787
San Bernadino: 909-888-8525
San Diego: 619-239-3884
San Francisco: 415-403-0100