Grassroots Securing Net Neutrality: More Than One Million Calls, Emails to Congress & FCC in 2015
The numbers send a clear message in support of an open internet to Congress and FCC in advance of Feb. 26 vote
WASHINGTON, DC – People across the country are taking a strong stand for net neutrality, and have generated more than one million actions in just the first seven weeks of 2015. In large numbers, they are emailing, calling, and signing petitions to their lawmakers and the FCC. These grassroots actions are in addition to the four million comments submitted to the FCC in 2014. The massive show of support stands in stark contrast to the lobbying and advertising campaigns financed by cable giants like Comcast and trade associations like NCTA.
A diverse coalition of net neutrality supporters— including Color of Change, CREDO, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, MoveOn.org, and Mozilla—announced the new numbers today and released the following statement:
"More than one million people have stood up for net neutrality in the last seven weeks, which shows how deeply engaged the public is with this issue. The public overwhelmingly rejects internet fast lanes for the rich and slow lanes for the rest of us.
"Congress should follow the will of the people and stop trying to interfere with the FCC. Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and NCTA should stop pouring money into Congress, false ads and lobbyists in their last ditch attempt to undermine the public will."
A breakdown of the numbers released on today’s call is below:
TOTAL January 1 – February 18, 2015: 1,023,296
Emails & Petitions to Congress: 716,950
Calls to Congress: 120,710
Emails & Petitions to FCC: 75,834
Emails & Petitions to Others (NCTA, CTIA): 109,802