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FCC Chairman losing Republican party support as GOP Rep. Coffman asks agency to delay December 14th vote to repeal net neutrality

Posted 14:10 EST on December 12, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 12, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Letter issued by House Republican comes as major companies and websites launch massive “Break The Internet” protest 48 hours before FCC’s scheduled vote

House Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) has issued a letter this morning asking Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the agency’s December 14th vote to repeal Title II net neutrality. In the letter Coffman cautions against the “significant unanticipated negative consequences” the agency’s current proposal could have, and urges the FCC “to delay your upcoming vote.” The letter comes as major web firms like Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, and Kickstarter join millions of Internet users in a mass online protest demanding Congress stop the FCC’s vote. See screenshots of the protest here.

While a handful of GOP lawmakers (full list appended below) have publicly raised concerns over the agency’s controversial proposal, today’s letter marks the first time a Republican member of Congress has directly called on Chairman Pai to delay the vote – representing a major shift in the fight over rules that prevent Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking, throttling, or charging sites and users new fees.

In response, the following statement can be attributed to Evan Greer, Campaign Director for Fight for the Future (pronouns she/her):

“We commend Representative Coffman for listening to his constituents and asking Chairman Pai to stop the vote. We agree that the FCC’s should delay voting on their current proposal, and that strong net neutrality rules need to remain in place so that businesses and users remain protected. However, we strongly believe that a legislative solution is a solution in search of a problem. Title II enjoys immense bipartisan support amongst the public and the courts agree it provides a solid legal foundation to prevent anti competitive abuse from ISPs. Now other members of Congress must do the right thing and join Representative Coffman’s call. In recent months more than 800,000 Americans have called their member of Congress and asked them to stop the FCC’s controversial net neutrality repeal, and today they’ve seen indisputable evidence that their pressure is working.

“Net neutrality is not a partisan issue outside of Washington, DC. Voters from across the political spectrum don’t want their cable companies controlling what websites and apps they can use, or where they get their news from. Republican lawmakers like Mike Coffman can see the writing on the wall. Now the rest of Congress needs wake up, because their actions in over the next 48 hours will determine whether they are remembered as the lawmakers who answered their constituents call, or the politicians who let the free and open Internet die. Right now we don’t need Congress to legislate, we need them to do their jobs and rein in the FCC, which appears to be working for big business rather than the public.”

While Rep. Coffman is the first GOP lawmaker to publicly request that the FCC stop their vote, six other Republican lawmakers have publicly criticized the agency’s proposal, including:

The #BreakTheInternet protest will continue through Thursday. See screenshots of how various sites and others are participating here.

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Major websites and Internet users are getting creative as backlash to FCC's net neutrality repeal sweeps the web

Posted 13:03 EST on December 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, press@fightforthefuture.org, 978-852-6457

Internet users are “Breaking the Internet” with creative posts on all platforms tomorrow. Sites like  Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, GitHub, Pintrest, Etsy, Imgur, Kickstarter, Pornhub, and Patreon are helping drive phone calls to Congress

The unprecedented public backlash to the FCC’s plan to slash Title II net neutrality protections continues to grow. After thousands of people took to the streets to protest last week, Internet users, websites, apps, and online forums are participating in Break the Internet,” a mass online protest for the 48 hours before the FCC vote. The protest is demanding that Congress take action to stop the FCC or overturn their repeal. Just today, the first Republican lawmaker publicly called on the FCC to stop the vote. 

See screenshots of how various sites and Internet users are participating here.

See the announcement for the protest here: https://www.breaktheinternetprotest.org

The protest is taking many forms on social media, apps, and websites across the Internet. Facebook and LinkedIn users will “break” their profiles by changing their relationship status to “Married” (to net neutrality) or adding a new “job” of “Defending Net Neutrality.” Websites and apps will participate by doing something to “break” their platform and encourage their users to contact Congress.

Websites, startups, apps and businesses large and small are already helping drive phone calls to Congress using creative widgets, modals, and banners that show what the Internet might look like if ISPs can control what users do with throttling, censorship, and new fees. Many popular subreddits with a combined 66 million+ subscribers, have “broken,” displaying this message:

Sites helping sound the alarm include Imgur, Tumblr, Mozilla, Pinterest, Kickstarter, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, BitTorrent, Pornhub, Patreon, Funny Or Die, Speedtest, Fiverr, Cloudlfare, Opera, Trello, the Happy Wheels game, DeviantArt, AnimeNewsNetwork, and BoingBoing. 

“Ajit Pai’s extreme proposal to kill net neutrality has created a political crisis in Washington, DC. Internet users are outraged and educated about this issue. They will not be fooled by lobbyist’s lies or attempts to make this partisan,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “The Internet has given ordinary people more power than they’ve ever had before. The backlash we are seeing is a testatement to the fact that people don’t want that power taken away, and are willing to fight to defend it.”

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PHOTOS: Net neutrality protests sweep the country, “Break the Internet” online protest planned for December 12

Posted 16:16 EST on December 7, 2017
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Angry Internet users protest in hundreds of cities at Verizon stores and Congressional offices in all 50 states today

Self-organized Internet users are gathering at Verizon stores and Congressional offices in more than 700 cities throughout the day today demanding that Congress take action to #StopTheFCC vote planned on December 14 to gut net neutrality protections. Dozens of protests have already happened while many more are planned for this evening. The protests are part of growing backlash to the FCC’s plan from across the political spectrum, which has generated more than 800,000 phone calls to lawmakers through the site BattleForTheNet.com alone.  

See PHOTOS from the protests available for use by press:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/141697942@N08/sets/72157689309670051/

See a short video here: https://twitter.com/fightfortheftr/status/938900569485447168 

(This link will be updated with more photos as they come in. Most of the largest protests are expected to happen at 5pm local time.)

On the heels of today’s ground protests, net neutrality supporters are calling on Internet users, websites, apps, and small businesses to participate in “Break the Internet,” an online protest starting 48 hours before the FCC’s scheduled vote, where sites, apps, and social media feeds will appear creatively “broken” as they might be without net neutrality protections, with messages driving phone calls to Congress. Twitter users will “break” their feeds by using a #BreakTheInternet tool that will auto-tweet about net neutrality every 10 minutes starting on December 12 until the FCC votes.

The protests today are supported by Team Internet, a grassroots network of nearly half a million volunteer activists spearheaded by Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund. The groups allowed volunteers to “host” protests and added them to a map, using text messaging and email to help local hosts recruit participants in their area.

Protesters are demanding that their members of Congress publicly call on the FCC to cancel their vote on December 14. The FCC’s plan contains an unprecedented and total repeal of net neutrality protections, posing a grave threat to the future of freedom of expression, access to information, and small businesses particularly for communities of color and low income communities.

Over recent months the groups behind the protests have organized thousands of constituents to attend more than 600 town halls and meetings with lawmakers to demand their support for net neutrality.

“Today’s protests show how passionately Americans care about net neutrality, and how fed up they are with lawmakers siding with giant telecoms over ordinary people,” said Mark Stanley, Director of Communications for Demand Progress. “With a catastrophic vote to repeal open internet protections just a week away, people across all 50 states are taking to the streets and urging lawmakers to oppose FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to end net neutrality.”

“This is a watershed moment in our nation’s history. Internet users from across the political spectrum are outraged, and they’re coming out of the woodwork to demand that their elected officials do their jobs and stop the FCC from voting to kill net neutrality,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “The Internet has given ordinary people more power than they’ve ever had before, and what we are seeing today is that people are willing to fight to defend that power.”

“The fate of the internet won’t be decided by a few corrupt bureaucrats and phone company lobbyists in Washington,” said Free Press Action Fund Field Director Mary Alice Crim. “That’s the message people across the country are sending today to Chairman Pai: Our rights to connect and communicate online must come before the greed of Verizon executives. These protests prove beyond any doubt that people everywhere won’t let Pai and his cronies have the last word on Net Neutrality.”

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150+ prominent artists, actors, and musicians come out in support of tomorrow’s net neutrality protests, call on Congress to stop the FCC

Posted 23:01 EST on December 5, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Tom Morello, Incubus, Evangeline Lilly, Bassnectar, Against Me!, Alyssa Milano, Michael Stipe (REM), Wil Wheaton, Talib Kweli, Gramatik, Graham Nash, The Glitch Mob, Downtown Boys, Speedy Ortiz, Anti-Flag among signers

More than 150 prominent artists, musicians, and actors have signed a letter endorsing the hundreds of protests planned for tomorrow at Verizon stores and Congressional offices nationwide. The artists echoed the protests call for Congress to take action to stop the FCC’s planned vote to kill net neutrality protections on December 14.

REM singer Michael Stipe, Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, EDM legend Bassnectar, actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit, Ant Man), rock band Incubus, punk stars Against Me!, hip hop icon Talib Kweli, Dresden Dolls songwriter Amanda Palmer, EDM favorites The Glitch Mob, classic rock hero Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Colin Hay (Men At Work), actress Alyssa Milano, and Ian Alexander (Netflix series The OA), are among the signers, along with Downtown Boys, Speedy Ortiz, STS9, Anti-Flag, Atmosphere, Priests, Trackstar the DJ (Run the Jewels), Kimya Dawson, author Cory Doctorow, Algiers, and dozens of others.

“If the FCC votes to gut these protections it will explicitly allow Internet providers to charge extra fees that amount to a tax on the entire creative economy,” the letter reads. “A few corporations will have control over what you see and hear, while independent and up-and-coming artists’ ability to make a living will be devastated. Without net neutrality there will be less awesome art. Period.”

The letter goes on: “We support the people from across the political spectrum protesting across the country on December 7, and we echo their call for our members of Congress to do their jobs and take action to stop the FCC vote that’s planned for December 14.”

“A free and open Internet, adhering to the foundational principles of Network Neutrality, has allowed business to flourish, revitalized industries, and given voice to marginalized people not only in America, but around the world. There is no reason to change this standard now, except for corporate greed,” said actor Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, Big Bang Theory), “Allowing ISPs to engage in pay-for-play traffic prioritization will stifle innovation, silence voices, and lead to censorship online. I call on all Americans to support Network Neutrality.”

“Net neutrality is what keeps the Internet weird and awesome,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, who is also a touring musician, “Without it, a few giant corporations will have unprecedented control over the culture we create and consume, and independent and alternative artists will be silenced. That’s why we’re fighting back.”

See the letter and a full list of signers here.

Prominent artists that would like to add their names to the letter are encouraged to email evan@fightforthefuture.org

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Open letter from artists: we support net neutrality protests and call on Congress to #StopTheFCC

Posted 17:08 EST on December 5, 2017

December, 2017

To: U.S. Congress:

The medium that allows us to be great artists is under threat. Without a free and open internet, so much music, writing, film, art, culture, passion, and creativity would be lost.

For the artists of the future, and the culture of the future, we will not be silent.

Title II guarantees net neutrality and prevents powerful telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon from deciding what art, as well as what news, is easily accessible online.

If the FCC votes to gut these protections it will explicitly allow Internet providers to charge extra fees that amount to a tax on the entire creative economy. A few corporations will have control over what you see and hear, while independent and up-and-coming artists’ ability to make a living will be devastated.

Without net neutrality there will be less awesome art. Period.

The open Internet lets artists reach each other and audiences across the world in unprecedented ways. We are able to collaborate, learn, improve our worlds, participate in our society, and bring the things we love to people who are moved by them.

Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are guaranteed by our constitution, and we demand that such freedoms continue online. Net Neutrality is essential to our democracy.

We support the people from across the political spectrum protesting across the country on December 7, and we echo their call for our members of Congress to do their jobs and take action to stop the FCC vote that’s planned for December 14.

By fighting for net neutrality, you fight for the future of art.

Sincerely,

Adam Venable / Obeah
Adel Alizadeh
Against Me!
Alfre Woodard
Algiers
Alyssa Milano
Amanda Levie
Amanda michelle
Amanda Palmer
Andrew Lee
Andrew Woolford
Andy Farnsworth
Anti-Flag
Arvin Clay
Ashlee Voorsanger
Atmosphere
Bassnectar
Brandon Schell
Brett Eidman
Brian Baron
Bronwyn Isaac
Bug Martin
Buku
Callowhill
Camille Theobald
Candiss Veree
Carla Anderson 
Charlie Hunter
Chloe Herry
Chris Leed
CloZee
Colin Hay
Cory Doctorow, author
Craig Mahoney
Darby Thomas
Darla Jean Patterson
Debra Castellano
Dina Losito
Doug Appling pka Emancipator
Downtown Boys
Elise-Ann Konstantin
Eva Mozena Brandon
Evangeline Lilly
Flobots
Frankiepace
George Sluppick
Graham Nash
Gramatik
Greg Radin
Gregory Joseph
Heather Maloney
Howard Lester
Ian Alexander
Incubus
Iris Creamer
James Finn
Javelin
Jaye McBride
Jeff Hysen
Jeffrey Joseph
Jen Lap
Jessica Brodkin
Jim Mendrinos
Joe Velez
Joey Novick
Jon Yeager
Josh Clauson
Joshua T. Bell
Jude Treder-Wolff
Kevin Barnett
Kevin D. Williams
Kimya Dawson
Kyle Holly
Leah Bonnema
Lesa Noelle
Lili Roquelin
Lisa Curry
Liz Barrett
Liz Larkin
Liz Miele
Lori Nemec
Lucie Steiner
Lynn Bixenspan
Margaret Dodge
Maria Minerva
Marie Corfield
Mark Anthony Ramirez
Matthew Ismael Ruiz
May Wilkerson
Melissa Rocha
Michael Austin Smalley
Michael Carsillo
Michael Stipe, artist/musician
Michi Muzyka
Mike Sasson
Missy G
Mo Vida
Nat Towsen
Neko
Nicholas Allred
Nick Cara
Nikki Clark
Nikki2holes
Pauline Murphy
Peter Michael Marino
Priests
Probcause
Psymbionic
Rachel Green
Ralph Attanasia
Richard Chartier
Rocco Romeo
Roderick Spencer
Sachi Ezura
Sammus
Sarah Doneghy
Scott Blakeman
Seena Ghaznavi
Speedy Ortiz
Stephen Saffel
STS9
Summer Dawn Reyes
Suzanne Lawrence
Suzy Exposito
Talib Kweli
Terry Klein
Tessa Rochon
The Blow
The Glitch Mob
Thomas Cappel
Tiffy DiGiacomo
TJ Del Reno
Tom Morello
TRACEY Carnazzo
Trackstar the DJ
Trophy Wife
Tyler rothrock
wendy liebman
Whitness/Chill Mickelson
Wil Wheaton
Yarineth Pena
Zain Zaidi

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