This Thursday, Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could destroy the open internet. Big cable and phone companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T have been lobbying for years to end net neutrality so they charge us extra fees, throttle the speed of content they don’t like or outright censor speech critical of corporations or the political elite.
There’s no two ways about it, without an open internet, the Resistance is in trouble. But Congress can put a stop to all of this by demanding the FCC uphold the principle of net neutrality.
Net neutrality is a basic concept: your internet provider cannot slow down your browsing on certain pages, block websites, or charge apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience. All legal content is treated the same.
It’s been crucial to new movements around the world because it ensures activists can share news and ideas at the same speed as corporations and governments. If you streamed a video from Standing Rock, shared a photo of that Greenpeace RESIST banner over the white house, or just shared an online petition with a friend – you’re using Net Neutrality.
That’s why we’re teaming up with a huge team of internet-powered businesses and groups today to call on Congress to save Net Neutrality. Can you help? Use the widget on this page to Write Congress first, then call Congress; Then, click here to Break the Internet.
I won’t lie, With Trump’s hand-picked chairman, Ajit Pai, in charge (a former Verizon lawyer and lobbyist), the FCC is almost certain to vote 3-2 (three Republicans to 2 Democrats) in favor of gutting net neutrality. This after what has clearly been a flawed and hacked comment period where the FCC managed to ignore hundreds of thousands of comments while still (apparently) getting hacked by Russian trolls. And just this week a leaked video shows FCC chairman Pai “joking” about being a Verizon puppet.
But here’s the thing, no matter what Pai and 2 other FCC commissioners do this week, the battle for the internet isn’t over, it’s just getting started. The decision will most likely be challenged in court. And the delay is critical. Every day our team gets bigger and stronger:
Just today, nearly 40 Senate Democrats and two independents sent a letter to Pai, urging him to abandon the proposal, which they called a “stunning regulatory overreach.” They’re joined by a small but growing number of Republicans like Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, who wrote today asking the FCC to delay the vote and expressing concern of “unanticipated negative consequences.”
The fine people at Battleforthenet.com have a plan so that EVERYONE can sound the alarm and drive a flood of net neutrality action to Congress before Thursday. Here’s some of their ideas:
- Change your Facebook relationship status to “Married” (to net neutrality) and add a comment linking to BattleForTheNet.com
- Add a new “job” on LinkedIn: “Defending Net Neutrality at BattleForTheNet.com” and make sure you’ve got the “notify people when my profile changes” setting on.
- Change your Twitter and Instagram featured website to BattleForTheNet.com and post frequently using the content.
- Sites and blogs like ours are using this widget to drive action and calls.