Tuesday 2/27 – #OneMoreVote – Internet-wide day of action

The FCC has started the countdown

On December 14th, 2017 the GOP-majority Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse 2015 regulations established to protect the net neutrality that allows all users have equal access to all internet content. It also prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from  charging extra for high-speed access to specific websites or blocking access to certain sites altogether. 83% of the American people and 75% of Republicans support net neutrality. 

The net neutrality repeal plan has finally been published in the Federal Register last Thursday, but that doesn’t mean net neutrality is officially dead—in fact, as open internet defenders quickly observed in response to the news, the fight to save the web from the Republican-controlled FCC is just beginning. If Pai’s rule is kept in place, net neutrality protections will begin to unravel April 23.

“Now it’s officially go time, and the internet is gearing up for a hell of a fight.”
—Evan Greer, Fight for the Future

Lawsuits have 10 days to challenge.

Opponents of Pai’s net neutrality repeal plan—which was approved in a party-line vote by the Republican-controlled FCC in December—will now also have 10 days to file lawsuits challenging the new rule.

Congress has 60 “legislative” days to stop this.

Fortunately, Congress has the opportunity to undo FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s deeply unpopular rule through  the Congressional Review Act. The CRA allows Congress to reverse regulatory actions within 60 legislative days of their enactment. It is one Republican vote away from the simple majority needed to pass the Senate.

Individual states are challenging it too.

As Common Dreams has reported, state attorneys general and advocacy groups have been lining up since the FCC’s vote to sue the agency and restore the net neutrality protections that prevented massive telecom companies from discriminating against or blocking web content.

MOST:  Since the FCC reversal of net neutrality, 22 states have introduced legislation to address the issue on the state level. https://www.fastcompany.com/40510095/snubbing-fcc-states-are-writing-their-own-net-neutrality-laws. So far, only a few of these bills have made it all the way through the legislature.

States now considering Net Neutrality legislation (freepress.net)
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Dakota

States with executive orders from governors
New Jersey
New York

Municipalities are joining the fight too.

Last month, San Francisco announced that any private-sector applicant seeking a contract to build the city’s proposed fiber network must abide by the Obama FCC’s 2015 Net Neutrality rules.

In December, 68 mayors and county leaders signed on to a letter arguing that the FCC’s decision to gut the open-internet protections would widen the digital divide in cities while stifling economic growth.

Action #1 – Call your senators today!

Follow the money. Every one of the 265 members who voted for the to repeal a landmark FCC privacy rule  were Republicans. And many of those same members endorsed the effort to end net neutrality.

If you have friends and relatives in Red districts, tell them that today is the day to call in.

Minimal script to senators: [IF DEMOCRAT OR SUSAN COLLINS]: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank [___] for their support of the Congressional Review Act to reverse the recent FCC decision to roll back net neutrality protections.

[IF REPUBLICAN]: I’m calling from [zip code] to express my strong disapproval of the FCC’s move to roll back the 2015 net neutrality protections. I ask that [SEN NAME] immediately work to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse this decision and preserve a free, open Internet that’s equally accessible to all.

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Action #2 – Send non-supporting legislators a message.

Click here to send your non-supportive legislator a message on how you’ll vote next time.

Action #3 – California State Actions

The CA Senate has approved SB460 and it’s now in the Assembly, where it’s just passed it’s 1st reading. In addition to preserving net neutrality protections, it also prohibits companies from using deceptive marketing “that misrepresent[s] the treatment of Internet traffic or content to its customers,” making it more difficult for ISPs to hide unfavorable changes from consumers. It also differs from executive orders in that it would force ISPs to follow net neutrality rules, regardless of whether or not the company has a government contract.

 SB822 is a considered a placeholder,  since lawmakers plan to craft the details after discussions with supporters and opponents.

Minimal script to Assemblymembers: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask   Assemblymember [___] for their support of SB-460 Communications” Broadband Internet Access Service.

State Assemblymember Monique Limón: (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700
Not your people?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Action #4 – Sign a petition to Jerry Brown

Sign a Change.org petition for Jerry Brown to pass an executive order to require ISP’s with California state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles.

Action #5 – Keep up with the latest news

Sign up for updates here.  BattleForTheNet.com/OneMoreVote

Action #6 – Keep up with the latest news

Tweet to the FCC: https://twitter.com/FCC


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