Mon 4/8: Free the Internet! Call your legislators.

Action – Call your legislators TUESDAY MORNING and make sure they’re voting “YES” on HR 1644 and S.682 – the “Save the Internet Act”. 

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Despite more than 20 million public comments against the rollback, Trump’s FCC chair and misguided youtuber, Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney, rammed a repeal of the 2015 Open Internet Order through the FCC in December 2017. He lied that net-neutrality rules discouraged investment, leaving consumers with fewer options. Hahahaha! At the time of the FCC repeal, 83% of Americans including 75% of Republicans supported net neutrality rules. On Tuesday, April 9th, the US House of Representatives will vote on HR 1644 – “the Save the Internet Act” and then the Senate needs to pass S.682. If passed, this bill will enshrine net neutrality into law and we can see a lot less of Pai. First, do your part.

Minimal script for us lucky 4-for-4 people: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Rep./Sen. [___] for his/her support of HR 1644 (Rep)/ S.682 (Sen) “Save the Internet” Act, and please reject any amendments or motions to recommit that would weaken it!

  • Rep-check here. (Carbajal and Brownley are on board!)
  • Sen-check here. (Feinstein and Harris are cosponsors too!)

Here’s what you can do to make sure Congress knows everyone is watching:

Battleforthe net.com is making it easy for the whole Internet to watch the vote and hold our government accountable.

Starting at 9:30am, they will begin livestreaming all day to build excitement and drive calls and emails to lawmakers ahead of the vote. Tune in to hear tech industry bigwigs, digital policy experts, and members of Congress discuss the future of net neutrality. Meanwhile…

  1. Speak out on social media. Here is some suggested copy you can use to spread the word. And be sure to share our awesome graphics to get the word out.
  2. Tell everyone to text WATCH to 687-88. They can set a reminder to watch the hearing and pressure their members of Congress to pass a clean bill from their smartphone.
  3. Watch the hearing with this livestream link.
  4. Check here and here to see if your legislators are on board. If not, check out their donors in OpenSecret.org and call them out. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the only Democratic member of the US Senate who has not cosponsored the “Save the Internet Act“,  took more than $134,046 in campaign contributions from the telecom industry as a member of the House. Check the current status of Democrat House members from this list.

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6. Internet providers who promised to behave have already failed the test. In the middle of the Mendecino Complex fire, the Santa Clara fire department had its data throttled by Verizon Wireless. They’ve rejected Verizon’s claim that the throttling was just a customer service error and “has nothing to do with net neutrality.” The throttling “has everything to do with net neutrality,” a Santa Clara County official said.

7. This is what our internet might look like if WE fail…

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