BE THANKFUL FOR NET NEUTRALITY—TAKE ACTION!
Net Neutrality—i.e. equal access to a free and "open" Internet—is imminently threatened by the Trump-era FCC and the power of the Telecom giants. There are a number of crucial calls + emails to make, which I'll list below, but first I wanted to share this great idea for a Thanksgiving Day #action from SolSunner Vaneeta Sandhu:
#ACTION: Bring preaddressed postcards to Thanksgiving dinner and ask guests to write a short message in support of net neutrality! Net neutrality is (ideally) an issue that MANY people can get behind (unless your uncle works for Viacom or something ;). If this is up your alley, here are some tips:
**Bring a stack of postcards that you've preaddressed to the Chairman of the FCC:
Ajit Pai c/o Sec. Marlene H. Dortch
Federal Communications Commission
Office of the Secretary
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
**Be prepared with some basic talking points for people who aren't familiar with the issue
**Write a few sample messages, and let people know they can keep it simple (and punny, if you think they'll like that)–
"Dear FFC Chairman: I am THANKFUL for a free and open internet. PLEASE PRESERVE NET NEUTRALITY"
"Don't be a turkey! KEEP THE INTERNET OPEN!"
"Today I am thankful for cranberries, stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, and A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET"
**Have a plan for mailing them—offer to collect and mail them yourself, or make sure people take them with them (pro tip: don't leave them behind at your host's house! ;)
NOW! Here are MORE #ACTIONS and some more detailed info from 5 Calls:
The FCC has confirmed that they will vote on 12/14 to abolish the regulations that prevent internet service providers from blocking access to certain sites, throttling internet speeds, and otherwise controlling what websites and online services are available to their customers.
Internet users scored a significant victory in 2014 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) installed protections for net neutrality and the "open Internet." Net neutrality allows all users to have equal access to everything available on the Internet, and prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from essentially turning the internet into cable television -- creating fast and slow speeds for sites of their choosing and charging consumers premium prices for upgraded access. Without net neutrality, small businesses, low-income individuals, and much of rural America would lose access to affordable, reasonably-fast internet service.
The four major ISPs (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and AT&T) have been lobbying against the 2014 net neutrality regulations, frustrated by the constraints placed on their ability to profit from those who need their services the most. They have specifically targeted the classification of ISPs as Title II services, a category that requires more strict federal oversight. In response to their lobbying efforts, the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has pledged to roll back these net neutrality protections with a softer Title I classification and will allow ISPs to instead make voluntary, unenforceable commitments that they will maintain the open Internet.
#ACTION: EMAIL THE FCC COMMISSIONERS
Ajit Pai, Chairman: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov.
Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov.
Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov.
Brendan Carr, Commissioner: Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov.
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov.
"I'm writing to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers. I stand with the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have already commented in support of net neutrality, as well as major companies like Google. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it."
#ACTION: CALL AJIT PAI, THE FCC COMMISSIONER
Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman