Save net neutrality

The new Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, has already thrown out plans to subsidize internet access for low-income homes, and is an open critic of net neutrality. Ending net neutrality would restrict the open exchange of information, and undermine fair competition. This could open the door for oligarchies and higher prices, hurting small businesses and leaving working families behind.

Act: protect net neutrality and a free, open internet

For more conservative reps:

My name is [your name], and I’m one of [representative’s] constituents. [If you’re leaving a message, include your address and ZIP code.] I’m calling to ask that [representative] stand up for net neutrality. Market competition, jobs for small businesses, and educational opportunities for our young people are at stake. Protecting net neutrality will ensure free and fair market competition, and make sure hardworking families have open access to information. Will you please share my message with [representative]?

For more progressive reps:

My name is [your name], and I’m one of [representative’s] constituents. [If you’re leaving a message, include your address and ZIP code.] I’m calling to ask that [representative] stand up for net neutrality. Consumer protection and the democratic ideal of equality for all are at stake. Protecting net neutrality can help ensure that everyone has fair access to the incredible opportunities the internet provides. Will you please share my message with [representative]?

Learn more: why net neutrality matters

What is net neutrality? It is an extension of the founding principles of our democracy. Net neutrality is the idea that all internet access should be treated “equally.” Republican Senator John Thune (SD) plans to create legislation to enshrine some aspects of net neutrality into law. Even though this sounds like a progressive policy, Thune wants to create this law in order to roll back key powers the FCC has to regulate internet service provision--all but ending a number of consumer protections on internet access. This would make it easier to deprive poor people of internet access, while limiting the range of options available to consumers to the benefit of a handful of powerful corporations.

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