On December 14th the FCC passed their extreme net neutrality repeal in 3-2 vote, despite widespread protests and overwhelming opposition from across the political spectrum.
Right now the the most important thing you can do is encourage lawmakers to use their Congressional Review Act (CRA) powers to undo the FCC’s repeal. We’re urging Internet users everywhere to contact Congress and demand this through BattleForTheNet.com or by texting BATTLE to 384-387.
The net neutrality fight is far from over and this movement has unbelievable momentum right now.
To give you a sense of what we’ve been able to accomplish in the months leading up to the FCC’s final vote, take a look at the infographic here: https://imgur.com/a/I1gJT
Today, the FCC is voted to gut net neutrality protections amid widespread protestsand overwhelmingopposition from across the political spectrum. Ajit Pai’s extreme proposal would hand giant telecom companies like Verizon and Comcast the power to control what we see and do online with new fees, throttling, and censorship. But that’s not going to happen.
The organizations behind BattleForTheNet.comand Team Internet (Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund) are announcing a massive Internet-wide campaign to demand that our elected officials in Congress use a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the FCC’s illegitimate rulemaking. The backlash to the FCC’s attack on the Internet has reached a boiling point. Now every member of Congress will have to go on the record and decide whether to stand up for the free and open Internet or face the political consequences of awakening its wrath in an election year.
A CRA only requires a simple majority in the Senate and House, increasingly within reach given the unprecedented backlash, and Republican lawmakers already publicly criticizing the plan.
The telecom industry spent millions lobbying and spreading misinformation to pit Internet users against each other and turn net neutrality into a partisan issue. They have failed. Net neutrality has more public support now than it ever has before. Internet users are educated, outraged, and strategic, and they know that Congress has the power to overturn the FCC vote. Lawmakers cannot hide from their constituents on this issue. The Internet has given ordinary people more power than ever before. We’re going to fight tooth and nail to make sure no one takes that power away.
In recent months, there have been more than 1 million phone calls to Congress through BattleForTheNet.com alone, and nearly half a million Internet users joined “Team Internet” and connected through text messages to engage in on-the-ground activism, including more than 1,000 protests, constituent meetings with lawmakers, and town halls across the country. Thousands of startups, small businesses, and major websites have participated in online actions that reached hundreds of millions of Internet users across the web.
The unprecedented public backlash to the FCC’s plan to slash Title II net neutrality protections continues to grow. And the pressure is working: Ajit Pai’s proposal is losing support with Republican lawmakers. The first GOP representative has just called on the FCCto delay their vote, and several others have criticized the plan.
After thousands of people took to the streetsto protest last week, the Internet is now ablaze in protest again as major websites like Reddit, Mozilla, Kickstarter, Pornhub, Pintrest, Etsy, and Tumblr, and Internet users across social media platforms #BreakTheInternetand flood Congress with phone calls, tweets, and emails. See screenshots of how the Internet is protestinghere.
The following statement can be attributed to Fight for the Future campaign director Evan Greer (pronouns she/her):
“Ajit Pai’s proposal to let Internet Service Providers control what Internet users can see and do online may get a vote this week, but he has already lost. The FCC’s planned net neutrality repeal has sparked an unprecedented backlash from Internet users across the political spectrum. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my life as a digital rights activist.
The telecom lobby spent millions trying to paint net neutrality as a partisan issue in order to get the Republican party to help end it. But this backlash shows that net neutrality is supported by people from across the political spectrum, and it’s so big that now even conservative or bought out lawmakers can no longer ignore calls from their own party’s constituents to protect the rules.
Internet users are furious, educated, and strategic. They know that Congress has the power to stop the FCC or overturn their decision. It’s impossible for lawmakers to hide from their constituents on this issue. As the widespread opposition to Pai’s proposal reaches a boiling point, millions of people, organizations, and online firms from the tiniest blogs and small businesses to some of the most popular websites in the world are jumping into the fray. And Congress is cracking under the pressure.
In the last week we’ve seen a slew of Republican lawmakers publicly speak out in support of net neutrality and criticize the FCC’s rush to dismantle it. Ajit Pai has created a political crisis for his own party. Congress members have read the writing on the wall. They’ve heard the droves of phone calls from their constituents. They’ve seen the power that the Internet has to defend itself.
The net neutrality movement is stronger today than it has ever been. Telecom lobbyists should enjoy a stiff drink this Thursday night, because they’ve awakened the fury of the Internet, and the American people are about to get Congress to put their dreams of new fees, throttling, and censorship to rest, for good.”
Fight for the Future will make a major announcement following the FCC’s vote. Members of our team are available for interview.
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 letterthis morning asking Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the agency’s December 14th vote to repeal Title II net neutrality. In theletterCoffman 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 protestdemanding 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:
Alaska senator Dan Sullivan and Representative Don Young
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 peopletook 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.
The protest is taking many formson 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.”