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Daily Action: Save Net Neutrality!


CONTACT:
Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov
Brendan Carr, Commissioner: Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
FCC phone:
1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130


Sample Script for FCC:
I am writing to urge you to vote against rolling back Net Neutrality protections next week, because doing so would cause severe harm to consumers like me. Net neutrality helps ensure that there is an even playing field for all internet users, and I reject Chairman Pai's claims that no harm will come from getting rid of these protections. Without them, telecom and cable companies will be free to sell faster and more efficient access to the highest bidders, affecting search engines, the way we receive news, and our access to the internet as a whole. Individuals like myself, as well as entrepreneurs, smaller companies and nonprofit organizations, must have the same access to the internet that the wealthiest companies have. Please keep Net Neutrality rules in place!

Sample Script for Members of Congress:
Hello! My name is ____________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Congressperson ______________'s in ___________, California. I'm calling to ask that the Senator/Congressperson immediately begin working with colleagues to codify Net Neutrality protections. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to undo those protections, which comes to a vote next week, will allow telecom and cable companies to sell faster and more efficient access to the highest bidders, giving an unfair advantage to the wealthiest companies. Changing these rules would remove internet freedoms for individuals like me, as well as small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Open, unfettered sharing of information and ideas has helped the United States lead the way in internet innovation and entrepreneurship. I hope that the Senator/Congressperson will fight for our internet freedoms, and fight against these changes. Thank you!


BACKGROUND (from freepress.net)
When you go online you have certain expectations. You expect to be connected to whatever website you want. You expect that your cable or phone company isn’t messing with the data and is connecting you to all websites, applications and content you choose. You expect to be in control of your internet experience.

When you use the internet, you expect Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked.

However, Trump's FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, wants to end restrictions that were written into commission policy in 2015. The FCC will vote on Pai’s proposal on Dec. 14. 

What is Net Neutrality?
Net Neutrality is the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. It means that ISPs should provide us with open networks — and shouldn’t block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t interfere with the content you view or post online.

Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the internet into fast and slow lanes. An ISP could slow down its competitors’ content or block political opinions it disagreed with. ISPs could charge extra fees to the few content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service. This would destroy the open internet.

What would happen if we lost Net Neutrality?
The internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the internet. Unlike the open internet that has paved the way for so much innovation and given a platform to people who have historically been shut out, it would become a closed-down network where cable and phone companies call the shots and decide which websites, content or applications succeed.

This would have an enormous impact. Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to decide who is heard and who isn’t. They’d be able to block websites or content they don’t like or applications that compete with their own offerings.

The consequences would be particularly devastating for marginalized communities media outlets have misrepresented or failed to serve. People of color, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples and religious minorities in the United States rely on the open internet to organize, access economic and educational opportunities, and fight back against systemic discrimination.

Without Net Neutrality, how would activists be able to fight oppression? What would happen to social movements like the Movement for Black Lives? How would the next disruptive technology, business or company emerge if internet service providers only let incumbents succeed?

Didn't we already win strong Net Neutrality rules?
Yes. After a decade-long battle over the future of the internet, the FCC adopted strong Net Neutrality rules based on Title II of the Communications Act, giving internet users the strongest protections possible.

But ever since then opponents have done everything they can to destroy Net Neutrality. And Chairman Pai — a former Verizon lawyer — is moving fast to destroy the open internet. He wants to replace the agency’s strong rules with “voluntary” conditions that no ISP would ever comply with. Pai unveiled his plan in a closed-door meeting with industry lobbyists in April and officially kicked off a proceeding on May 18, when the FCC voted along party lines to move this proposal forward. Since then the agency has been swamped by tens of millions of comments from internet users who want to keep the protections in place.

Why is Title II so important?
Courts rejected two earlier FCC attempts to craft Net Neutrality rules and told the agency that if it wanted to adopt such protections it needed to use the proper legal foundation: Title II. In February 2015, the FCC did just that, giving internet users the strongest possible Net Neutrality rules when it reclassified broadband providers as common carriers under Title II. Title II gives the FCC the authority it needs to ensure that companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon can’t block, throttle or otherwise interfere with web traffic. Title II preserves the internet’s level playing field, allowing people to share and access information of their choosing. These rules have ushered in a historic era of online innovation and investment — and have withstood two court challenges from industry.

But Chairman Pai wants to ditch Title II and return the FCC to a “light touch” Title I approach. Translation: Pai wants to give control of the internet to the very companies that violated Net Neutrality for years before the FCC adopted its current rules in 2015. Title I would do nothing to protect internet users like you.