Action #1 – Call to get SB-822 out of committee.
Net Neutrality ENDS MONDAY, June 11, but we have a slim chance of saving it in California if we stop ISP lobbyists from killing SB-822 – “Communications: broadband Internet access service” in the two committees listed below tomorrow, June 12th.
While SB 460 (de León) was a well-intentioned start, Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 822 includes all of the protections from the 2015 Open Internet Order. Unlike SB 460, SB 822 does not leave giant loopholes that ISPs have exploited in the past.
Our representative, Monique Limón, is NOT on these committees. Yours may not be either. However, call them and tell them you expect them to talk to committee members. Then look at the committee members and think of all your friends and family members that live in their districts. INDIVISIBLE CONEJO, we’re looking at you and Jaqui Irwin.
Minimal Script for non-Committee members: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to encourage members of the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee and the Communications and Conveyance Committee to advance SB-822.
The Committees and their contacts
Is your Assembly person here? Call them. Recognize legislators for your friends and family? Tell them to call too. If you know someone in Kevin De León’s district, ask him to call and request that DeLeon approve this bill over his own, much looser bill.
Minimal Script for Committee members: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to advance SB-822 through their committee.
|Ed Chau (Chair)||Dem – 49||Contact(916) 319-2049|
|Kevin Kiley (Vice Chair)||Rep – 06||Contact (916) 319-2006|
|Catharine B. Baker||Rep – 16||Contact (916) 319-2016|
|Marc Berman||Dem – 24||Contact (916) 319-2024|
|Ian C. Calderon||Dem – 57||Contact (916) 319-2057|
|Jacqui Irwin||Dem – 44 HELLO, Oxnard,
|Kevin Mullin||Dem – 22||Contact(916) 319-2022|
|Jay Obernolte||Rep – 33||Contact(916) 319-2033|
|Eloise Gómez Reyes||Dem – 47||Contact(916) 319-2047|
|Philip Y. Ting||Dem – 19||Contact (916) 319-2019|
Communications and Conveyance Committee
|Committee Members||District||Office & Contact Information|
|Miguel Santiago (Chair)||Dem – 53||Contact (916) 319-2053|
|Jay Obernolte (Vice Chair)||Rep – 33||Contact(916) 319-2033|
|Rob Bonta||Dem – 18||Contact (916) 319-2018|
|Sabrina Cervantes||Dem – 60||Contact(916) 319-2060|
|Eduardo Garcia||Dem – 56||Contact(916) 319-2056|
|Chris R. Holden||Dem – 41||Contact (916) 319-2041|
|Sydney Kamlager-Dove||Dem – 54||Contact
|Evan Low||Dem – 28 REALLY
|Brian Maienschein||Rep – 77||Contact916) 319-2077|
|Devon J. Mathis||Rep – 26||Contact(916) 319-2026|
|Jim Patterson||Rep – 23||Contact (916) 319-2023|
|Sharon Quirk-Silva||Dem – 65||Contact(916) 319-2065|
|Freddie Rodriguez||Dem – 52||Contact (916) 319-2052|
Action #2 – Call your state governor and ask him/her to protect net neutrality via executive order.
Governors can and should condition the purchasing power of state governments state contracts on neutrality. Montana’s governor Steve Bullock became the first governor to sign an executive order declaring that the state cannot do business with ISPs that are not net neutral. New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo quickly followed suit. Governor Bullock even created a template order for other states & localities to use.
Minimal Script: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [City]. I’m calling to ask Governor [Brown] to protect net neutrality via executive order like Montana and New York have done.
Action #3 – Overturn rules that stop municipalities from creating local net-neutral broadband networks
A hyperlocal way to ensure net neutrality is for cities to create their own independent internet provider. Being free from the whims of companies such as Verizon and Comcast, localities can ensure that their public internet is net neutral. Unfortunately, 20 states, including CA, have posed some barriers to enacting municipal broadband. In those states, state lawmakers need pressure to overturn the roadblocks. In other states, local mayors and city councils could work to establish municipal broadband.
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask State Sen./Assemblymember [___] to introduce legislation to allow municipal broadband to be introduced by cities in our state.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19):SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 email
State Assemblymember Monique Limón: (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700 email
Not your people?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.