We’re some of the groups that drove millions of comments to the FCC and Congress last year and took on big telecom companies to win net neutrality. Now those protections are threatened and we have to fight for them again. AUA
The FCC just held a closed door meeting with lobbyists from the Cable industry, and now the Wall Street Journal and others are reporting that the new chairman is moving fast to dismantle the Open Internet order / net neutrality protections that we won last year. If this happens, it would open the flood gates for a tiered internet with fast lanes and slow lanes, throttling, and censorship.
This news does not come as a surprise, but it’s coming faster than we thought. So now is the time to mobilize. Members of Congress are in their home districts this week and next, which makes this a particularly critical moment for us to make our voices heard.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Find a Congressional Town Hall Meeting near you and show up to ask a question or hold a sign in support of net neutrality.
2. Request a meeting with your member of Congress while they are in district over the next two weeks.
3. Sign this petition telling Congress that net neutrality is not a partisan issue.
We need to make sure that there is someone asking a question about net neutrality at every single Congressional town hall meeting taking place over the next two weeks. This is a task that redditors are perhaps uniquely positioned to accomplish. In addition to asking questions, we encourage redditors to use the comments section or create threads to organize meet-ups or support each other in attending events and speaking to members of Congress about why net neutrality is important to them. Search for town hall meetings near you here.
We represent just a handful of the massive coalition of organizations, startups, tech experts, and individuals that banded together to fight for the net neutrality protections that we have in place now. Some of us helped launch the Battle for the Net campaign, which was part of the effort that helped drive nearly 4 million comments to the FCC. Ask us anything!!!
Answering questions today are:
- Ernesto Falcon (Electronic Frontier Foundation, proof)
- Evan Greer (Fight for the Future, proof)
- Ferras Vinh (Center for Democracy & Technology, proof)
- Kate Forscey (Public Knowledge, proof)
- Matt Wood (Free Press, proof)
Resources to learn more: