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BREAKING: Net neutrality activists deliver “truckload of telecom money” outside Rep Steve Knight debate

Posted 23:28 EDT on October 25, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2018
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Creative protest highlights Congressman’s failure to sign CRA resolution after taking more than $70,000 from big telecom companies

Net neutrality activists have parked a truck outside a closely watched forum featuring Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) in Simi Valley, CA and unloaded a stack of boxes of “telecom money” as part of a creative protest pressuring the Congressman to support a House resolution to overrule the FCC’s repeal of open Internet protections.

See photos and video of the truck protest here: https://medium.com/@fightfortheftr/we-just-delivered-a-truckload-of-telecom-money-outside-an-anti-net-neutrality-congressmans-9a2e9a2956be

The 16 foot truck is covered with a massive banner reading “Truckload of telecom money to kill net neutrality,” with a message allowing passersby to text KNIGHT to 687-88 to learn more and take action by contacting Rep. Knight. (Message and data rates apply, reply STOP to opt out.)

“The public deserves to know whether their elected officials are working for them or working on behalf of their corporate donors,” said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future (pronouns: she/her). “Representative Steve Knight has taken a truckload of money from the telecom industry, and so far he’s sat on his hands while the FCC gutted open Internet protections, allowing ISPs to control what we see and do online with censorship, throttling, and new fees. Representative Knight still has a chance to do the right thing, and based on polls he’d be smart to announce his support for net neutrality ahead of the midterms. The whole Internet is watching.”

The creative protest is part of a broader campaign to pressure House members to support the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse the FCC’s repeal, which includes net neutrality telephone town halls in two dozen tight race districts, a VoteForNetNeutrality.com candidate scorecard, mass text blasts, and online mobilization.

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