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 – Call your legislators TUESDAY MORNING and make sure they’re voting “YES” on HR 1644 and S.682 – the “Save the Internet Act”.
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.
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. Continue reading “Mon – 6/11: Corporations and their GOP think we’re going to roll over for the end of net neutrality… They are wrong.”
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.
Next up…the House! Story here.
If your senator did the right thing on this issue, call them and THANK them! Legislators appreciate being thanked like anybody else. They also need positive feedback to know that they are accurately representing our interests.
If your senator or representative is doing the right thing on these issues, call them and THANK them!
Legislators appreciate being thanked like anybody else. They also need positive feedback to know that they are accurately representing our interests.
Call on Net Neutrality today!
Click here for information, call scripts, and contact numbers.
Our legislators on net neutrality:
Rep. Brownley: click here.
Rep. Carbajal: click here.
Sen. Feinstein: click here.
Sen. Harris on : Click here and here.
Other legislative contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com Continue reading “Wed. 5/16: Two quick reminder calls for our legislators to tell them that we’re watching!”
Starting TODAY, May 9th, join in the “Battle for the Net” here. There are RED ALERT widgets and avatars you can add to websites and social media, as well as Twitter and Facebook headers. There is a folder filled instagram stories and graphic blocks that are free to share here.
History of this mess – On December 15, 2017 the FCC voted 3-2 on partisan lines to eliminate the net neutrality protections that have served as the foundation of the free and open internet since it was created. Net neutrality is the principle that all internet traffic must treated equally; it’s why you can stream Netflix and Hulu at roughly the same speed and at no extra cost. This means that net neutrality is mere weeks away from being a thing of the past—unless Congress acts now, starting in the Senate, to stop the FCC. Continue reading “Wed. 5/9: This is the day to start calling legislators on Net Neutrality like your internet depends on it. It does.”