‘This Is the Moment to Fight’: FCC Announces Net Neutrality Will Officially Die on June 11
“The FCC thinks it can close the book on net neutrality on June 11. Show them they’re wrong—let’s ramp up the Red Alert call for Congress to preserve the open internet!”
Jake Johnson, staff writer for “Common Dreams”
Open internet advocates urged Americans to “ramp up” pressure on their senators on Thursday after FCC chair Ajit Pai announced in a press release that the widely popular net neutrality rules his agency voted to repeal last December will officially die on June 11.
“We need to be paying attention, educating ourselves and others, and speaking out. This is the moment to fight!”
—Fight for the Future
“There has been much confusion about when exactly the FCC’s repeal, which allows [internet service providers] like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to block sites, charge access fees for online content, and throttle apps and services, goes into effect. Today’s news ends the confusion, but not the fight,” noted Fight for the Future (FFTF) in a series of tweets responding to the news. “We need to be paying attention, educating ourselves and others, and speaking out. This is the moment to fight!”
The FCC’s announcement comes just a day after Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and 32 other Senate Democrats officially filed a petition to restore net neutrality protections using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). A vote on the petition—which has the support of every member of the Senate Democratic caucus and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), but still requires one more vote to pass—could come as early as next Wednesday.
Senate will soon vote! Call your senators now (this phone number connects you directly to your reps & gives you a script):
‘Red Alert’ Campaign for Net Neutrality
Several dozen websites and organizations are launching a campaign in support of net neutrality ahead of an upcoming US Senate vote on whether to rescind the FCC’s decision to get rid of net neutrality. Craig Aaron on Free Press discusses the plan and the prospects.