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Daily Action: Preserve Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman:
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:
Hello! I'd like to express my concerns over your intention to roll back Net Neutrality rules, 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. Without it, 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 take a stand against FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's intention to change Net Neutrality rules. Telecom and cable companies must not be allowed 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!

Today, July 12, is Net Neutrality Day, when supporters of open and unfettered access to the internet from across the nation are joining together for a day of action. In 2014, the proposed Net Neutrality rules attracted national attention and 4 million comments to the FCC; more recently, John Oliver's "gofccyourself" initiative resulted in hundreds of thousands of comments to the FCC. Organizers of today's effort are hoping for a similarly massive outpouring of activism.

Trump's FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, plans to undo Net Neutrality rules that were put in place under President Obama. In place of the current rules forbidding Internet Service Providers from favoring some content firms over others, Pai wants ISPs to "voluntarily" regulate themselves. The likely outcome is that larger, wealthier firms will pay ISPs for higher-bandwidth, "fast-lane" access to our web browsers, while smaller content providers will find it more difficult to attract business online.