Update: This one woman, Gigi Sohn, poses such a threat to telecom giants AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and Charter, that their lobbyists are pulling out all the stops to smear her, as reported here. Watchdog site TechDirt.com has identified four Democratic senators (Manchin, Sinema, Kelly, Cortes Masto) who the telecom lobby are targeting for a “NO” vote. Although these industries have reportedly created entirely fake consumer or civil rights groups, it appears that they may be “co-opting” partnered organizations like LULAC, all to prevent this one woman from restoring meaningful federal oversight of their industry.
She will need support from every Democratis senator, including Sen. Ben Lujan (D-NM), currently on sick leave, to take the fifth seat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) board. There she can break the toxic deadlock that favors telecom giants, repair the damage to net neutrality done under the Trump administration and tackle the issues behind the growing number of underserved and uhappy cable customers.
FIRE UP YOUR PHONES! Call your Senators to vote for Gigi Sohn For FCC NOW!
3 CALLS! – Minimal script for senators AND Sen. Cantwell, Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to tell Sen. [__] that I support Gigi Sohn for FCC chair! She’s a strong advocate for net neutrality, and personal and data privacy, issues important for every American. I’m also want the Senator to make a public statement of their support for her.Continue reading “Gigi Sohn for FCC! Call your senators and ask them to publicly support her nomination.”
Action #1 – Finish it off, CA Senators! This is the “gold standard”.
SB 822, CA’s net neutrality bill that establishes net neutrality rules even stronger than those rejected by the White House, is almost at the finish line. By a bipartisan vote of 60-18, the bill passed the Assembly and it now goes back to the Senate for its final reconcilation vote. ISPs like AT&T and Comcast poured millions of dollars, doubt and discord into the legislature and scared senior citizens with misleading robocalls, resulting in the bill almost being gutted in June.
Calls in support of the legislation intensified last week after reports that Santa Clara County firefighters were hindered by Verizon’s deliberate throttling of internet service as they helped battle the massive Mendocino Complex fire in July. Although the company said that this issue is not related to net neutrality, county counsel James Williams said ““Verizon’s throttling has everything to do with net neutrality — it shows that the ISPs will act in their economic interests, even at the expense of public safety,” said county counsel James Williams.”
This issue, along with our phone calls and strong leadership by State Senator Scott Weiner, kept this mission on target.
Minimal script to your state senator: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to push SB 822 onto Governor Brown’s desk and watch him sign it.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19): SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 http://sd19.senate.ca.gov/send-e-mail
Not your people?:findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
Action #2 – The ISP’s aren’t going quietly. Stop their end run through the FTC.
Net neutrality rules will officially expire June 11th. (Monday) Act today!
On December 14th, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse 2015 regulations established to protect net neutrality. If we don’t stop it, all providers will be required to do is “tell consumers whether they will block or slow content or offer paid ‘fast lanes.'” Comforting.
On 5/16, the Senate passed S.J. Res 52, the resolution to overturn the FCC net neutrality rollback. Republican Senators Collins (ME), Kennedy (LA), and Murkowski (AK) joined all 49 Senators in the Democratic Caucus in voting “Yes”. The resolution then moved to the House, where, two days later, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) has filed a discharge petition to force a vote in the House on the Senate-passed resolution. A simple majority of House members must sign the petition.
We’re running out of time. June 11th is the deadline.
Check out where your legislator stands here and send them a “thank-you” or a “WTH?” tweet with the attached links. (The list alphabetizes by first name or by state.) Then find the links to all your out-of-state relatives and friends and ask them to do the same thing. Be Indivisible all over the country. For more impact, call everyone who is a “U” (undecided, my foot) or a “N“.
Minimal Script for “U” and “N” Reps: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to show support for the Senate-passed S.J. Res 52 by signing the discharge petition introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle. I will remember how you vote on this at the next election.
Quote by Warrent Buffett, Sunday New York Times Op-ed.
Today, The Hill reported that the GOP is making a push to cut taxes on capital gains, as the richest amongst us apparently feel they left some money on the table after the tax-cut measure President Trump signed into law last year.
In the meantime, in one of the richest countries in the world, our legislators continue their war on our poorest citizens.
Cutting their Lifeline…
Ajit Pai’s FCC is poised to severely limit its Lifeline program, which provides a modest $9.25 monthly subsidy to lower-income people. The proposed rollback would rob hundreds of thousands of poor people of affordable phone and internet access and disproportionately impact people of color, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities, as well as many in Puerto Rico and other disaster-stricken parts of America.
The FCC has ignored bipartisan objections from Senate and House leaders who have heard from concerned constituents that this plan would make it difficult for them to search for jobs, advance their education, meet their basic needs and stay informed.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan would also implement a budget cap on Lifeline — which would limit program participation or slash funding to fully eligible recipients and he’s hoping to impose a lifetime benefits cap that would cut off funding for the most vulnerable users, like elderly people and people with disabilities, by limiting the amount of time an individual can use the program. Continue reading “4/25 – War on the poor – Part 1 – Cutting their Lifeline…”
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.
The GOP voted yesterday to destroy an important Obama-era consumer protection.
Despite overwhelming evidence that the public disapproved of a future of extortionate fees, blocked websites, throttled services and content censorship, the GOP-majority members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) completed their mission of rooting out and destroying Obama-era landmarks by voting 3-2 along party lines Thursday to repeal its landmark net neutrality protections.
They did this despite credible evidence of corruption…
Eighteen attorneys general, dozens of Democratic congressmen and two Republicans had pushed for a delay to the ruling to address the millions of fake comments supporting the repeal, but FCC Chairman Ajit Pai refused. Two million comments filed to the FCC on net neutrality were submitted under stolen identities, said Commissioner Rosenworcel, who opposed the repeal. Half a million came from Russian addresses, and 50,000 net neutrality complaints have gone “inexplicably missing.”
They did this despite fierce public opposition…
“Organic” comments from real people, approximately 22,000,000 of them, were overwhelmingly against the repeal. There were 700 protests across the country last week to stop the FCC’s attack on the internet, or that 83% of Americans opposed his plan to repeal Title II.2 Meanwhile Democratic lawmakers and dozens of activists protested outside. Despite all this and after a bomb threat cleared the room for a short time, the voting took place.
History proves that allowing corporations to regulate themselves is a terrible idea.
Build up a lather they can’t ignore.
Repeat these actions.
On it, thanks! Read “I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality” (LATimes)
Here’s a helpful graphic of what is coming if we don’t stand up now…
Step #1 – Multi-media messages and send a note to Congress
We have just days. The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet—and only an avalanche of calls to Congress can stop it. So this Tuesday, December 12th, “Break the Internet” on your site, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, reddit, Tumblr, Youtube or in whatever wild creative way you can to get your audience to contact Congress. That’s how we win. Are you in?
If you run a website, blog, tumblr, or forum, help spread the word by putting up a sticky post, or use one of these widgets, ads, or banners: https://www.battleforthenet.com/#join
Tell people what the internet will be like without net neutrality. There are already examples for us to study. Guaranteed our internet providers are studying them. Continue reading “Tuesday, Dec. 12th – Break the Internet!”
On it, thanks! Read the article here: http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-rosenworcel-fcc-net-neutrality-repeal-20171122-story.html
Indivisible Ventura was planning a rally alongside resistance groups all over the country today, Dec. 7th, exactly one week before the FCC votes to do to the internet what Trump did to Bears Ears National Monument. However, our local event has been CANCELLED due to fire conditions, but we can still do our part with these effective actions…
FCC’s vote can be prevented by the House, so call your reps:
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to support Title Two net neutrality rules and urge him/her/they to oppose the FCC’s plan to repeal them. Specifically, I’d like our Congressmember to contact the FCC Chairman and demand he abandon his current plan.”
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
Lobby the 3 FCC commissioners who are likely to vote ‘yes’ on repealing net neutrality, to try to get them to vote ‘no’ instead. Apparently the phone lines are either being inundated with calls or have been shut off, so use other means if you can’t get through:
- (Ajit Pai: 202-518-7399 / email: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov / Twitter: @AjitPaiFCC;
- Michael O’Rielly: 301-657-9092 / email: mike.o’firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @mikeofcc;
- Brendan Carr: 202-719-7305 / email: Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov / Twitter: @BrendanCarrFCC).