Please read this note from our friend Frannie from Free Press. She needs our help right away! We need to call these Senators.

Hi John and Marlon,

We have a crucial vote this week in the Senate Commerce Committee. The Committee will vote on the telecom bill (S.2686) - it's not a good bill in our opinion, but it does include a very good section based on Senator Allen and Kerry's bill. It would push the FCC to open the white spaces to unlicensed - we want to protect this section. Senator DeMint has proposed a bad amendment to the bill which would auction this spectrum - a very bad amendment.

So... the markup will begin tomorrow and it would be great if the folks in WISPA could call Senators on the Commerce committee and ask them to:

a) support the current language in the telecom bill, the section is called the Wireless Innovation Act of 2006'' or the ''WIN Act of 2006'
b) oppose the DeMint "Auction The White Spaces Amendment"

Commerce Committee members names and phone numbers are below. I would focus on members other than Kerry, Allen and DeMint.

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks as always for your help!

Thank you,


Ted Stevens, Alaska (202) 224-3004

John McCain, Arizona, Chairman (202) 224-2235 Conrad Burns, Montana (202) 224-2644
Trent Lott, Mississippi (202) 224-6253

Kay Bailey Hutchison,Texas (202) 224-5922

Olympia J. Snowe, Maine (202) 224-5344 Gordon Smith, Oregon (202) 224-3753 John Ensign, Nevada (202) 224-6244
George Allen, Virginia (202) 224-4024

John Sununu, New Hampshire (202) 224-2841 Jim DeMint, South Carolina (202) 224-6121
David Vitter, Louisiana (202) 224-4623

Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii (202)224-3934 John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia (202)224-6472 John F. Kerry, Massachusetts (202)224-2742 Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota (202)224-2551 Barbara Boxer, California (202)224-3553 Bill Nelson, Florida (202)224-5274 Maria Cantwell, Washington (202)224-3441 Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey (202)224-3224 Ben Nelson, Nebraska (202)224-6551 Mark Pryor, Arkansas (202)224-2353
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