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Net Neutrality

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Petition to Josh Gottheimer

RESTORE Net Neutrality- Tell your rep -sign the discharge petition & support the CRA today.

Dear Representative Gottheimer, Over 711 businesses in your area have signed the open letter to Congress in support of net neutrality, and I and two other constituents delivered those to your Newton office last spring. Nearly 2100 people have called you this month. AT&T and Verizon have started throttling video for wireless users. Enforceable net neutrality rules have protected consumers from profit-driven internet service providers. If the House doesn’t act, internet providers will slow down service to websites that can’t afford to compete with big corporations, and they'll nickel and dime consumers. That’s bad for small businesses and bad for NJ5 families. We are saddened to see you received $72,380 from ISPs, and 'we are hopeful that you will represent our best interests and address our concerns, these early actions raise our concerns about your support'. Sincerely, Wendy Goetz It. NJ5 and signed Constituents We want Net Neutrality. Tell your rep to sign the discharge petition and support the CRA today. We already won in the Senate. Now we must win in the House We’re committed to fighting for the urgent interventions needed to undo the damage of the last two years. But we need your help: Tell Congress to take action to restore Net Neutrality, rein in big media companies, invest in local journalism and hold online platforms accountable. Net Neutrality means that broadband providers can’t block, edit or discriminate against the information we share and access online, like the sites we visit or the applications we use. It ensures that the companies carrying our internet traffic can’t step in and interfere with our communications.Net Neutrality isn’t a new concept. This principle paved the way for the internet and its many innovations. As Sir Tim Berners-Lee put it, “When I invented the web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission.” We deserve communication tools that are open, just, affordable, democratic and safe for everyone. This new Congress must work to restore the protections the Trump administration destroyed and fight for the media and technology all people need. It’s time to take action to restore Net Neutrality, break up big media companies, invest in local journalism and hold online platforms accountable. Why is this moment so critical?In the wake of the 2017 FCC order repealing Net Neutrality, the best way to protect a free and open internet is for Congress to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would restore the Title II rules. Congress has the authority to review agency decisions — and the responsibility to reject harmful decisions like this one. In May 2018, the Senate passed its version of the CRA. Now the fight moves to the House, where we need to get 218 representatives on board in less than THIRTEEN DAYS!!!!  This fight is so vital because, at its core, saving Title II Net Neutrality is about preserving civil rights online. The open internet is a place where movements are born, where communities often ignored or stereotyped by mainstream media can tell their own stories, and where families, friends and people who might have never before connected can build community.Make the call right now to remind your representatives that they work for the people, not power-hungry telecoms. CONGRESSMAN GOTTHEIMER- "It's not enough to win elections. We need lawmakers who will fight for the people who put them in office. We need elected officials who will do more than campaign against Trump — and instead actively work to shut down his administration’s attacks. Winning is great. But it isn’t enough. Now we need ACTION!Sign the discharge petition and support the CRA today.It’s time for policymakers to become changemakers. It’s time for disruption, not the status quo. We need investigations. Hearings. Powerful legislation introduced. We need a House that won't let this administration or the Senate push through a single harmful bill in some phony spirit of compromise or incrementalism." We need Net Neutrality. Why EVERYONE SHOULD CALL EVERY HOUR FOR THE NEXT DAYS! Free & Open InternetThe free and open internet is a powerful tool for everyone fighting for social change and racial justice. But companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon — and their government allies — want to destroy it.·      Future of JournalismWhen giant out-of-touch corporations own the news, the stories of people of color and other communities go untold. We fight to hold these companies accountable, defend press freedom, strengthen local journalism and protect public and community media.·      Media ControlPowerful corporations want to decide what you're able to watch, listen to, read and share. And runaway media consolidation among news organizations has squashed diverse, local and independent voices, leaving us in the dark about important developments in our communities.·      Privacy & SurveillanceTechnology lets us communicate to the world, connect to our loved ones and organize for change. But the government and corporations can exploit these same tools to spy on innocent people, silence dissenting voices, criminalize communities of color and violate everyone’s privacy. Net neutrality is popular among voters of all political stripes when they understand how it works. Voters also tend to have little trust in ISPs, which suffer from chronically low rates of consumer satisfaction. This has not been lost on some Democrats, who became net neutrality champions under Trump. Earlier this year, Senate Democrats found just enough GOP votes to pass a resolution that would undo the FCC’s repeal, but Republicans blocked the effort in the House. Of the 176 current House Democrats who backed the resolution, 160 will be returning next yearunder a Democratic majority, according to analysis by the digital rights group Free Press. The other 16 are either retiring or ran for a different office.  A recent Morning Consult poll found nearly 60 percent of Democratic voters said a candidate’s position on net neutrality was an important factor as they went to the polls this week, even though the issue was not central to many Democratic campaigns. Free Press CEO Craig Aaron said that while many issues shaped the election results, it’s clear that politicians who listen to the demands of internet users did well in the midterms. Once considered a wonky tech concern, net neutrality has become a grassroots phenomenon. Aaron said net neutrality and has also enjoyed a “pop culture breakthrough” via celebrity endorsements and coverage on late night TV, and some Democrats did use the issue to attack Republican opponents.“Net neutrality was definitely talked about more in this campaign than any other campaign before,” Aaron said in an interview with Truthout. “We went from nothing in years past to all these candidates having very clear positions.”Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress faces a deadline in a few weeks to vote on the resolution to reverse the FCC net neutrality repeal, which means the incoming Democratic majority won’t have a chance to restore net neutrality with that legislative method. Nonetheless, activists are making one final push for a CRA reversal before the House adjourns in December.  

Wendie Goetz
13 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Save Net Neutrality

The ability to organize grassroots movements, whether locally or across the globe, is made possible by an open Internet. Since its creation, the Internet has become the world’s megaphone for free speech, protected by the principles of Net Neutrality, which require internet service providers (ISPs) to give everyone equal access to everything you use the internet for -- email, watching videos, listening to music, or signing petitions on Change.org.  Without Net Neutrality, ISPs can choose what you see online, favoring some sources or blocking others. For example, if someone launched a petition on Change.org against a company like Verizon, Net Neutrality prevents Verizon from blocking or slowing their customers’ access to our site.   In December of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality rules -- giving big cable companies room to charge extra fees, block and censor users. By removing ISPs from Title II of the Communications Act, a rule that means ISPs are subjected to tougher regulations that prevent them blocking sites, creating paid “fast” lanes, and throttling internet speeds. This decision will have global implications for the way the world shares and receives information from journalists, newsrooms, and NGO’s. However, following the FCC’s vote, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announced a Congressional Review Act resolution that if passed, would stop net neutrality repeal. That resolution now has the support of 50 senate members, which means just one more vote is needed for it to pass the Senate. Net Neutrality also prevents ISPs from creating paid “fast lanes” that would give faster delivery of content to companies who can afford to pay more. An organization or platform like Change.org that couldn’t afford those fees, couldn’t communicate with their supporters.  In the United States, there is strong bipartisan support for Net Neutrality. A recent poll conducted by Mozilla found that Republicans, Democrats and Independents overwhelmingly support these rules.  At Change.org, we believe that people everywhere should have the tools they need to make their voices heard. We’re a social good company powered by technology that empowers anyone anywhere to take action on the issues they care about. A closed off Internet means fewer ways for millions of people to make the change they want to see. Without an internet equally accessible to everyone regardless of income or geography, we can’t continue that mission. Add your name to let Congress and the FCC know that you support an open internet.

Change.org
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