Thursday, February 26, 2015

The FCC sided with us but this goes to Congress now

From Fight For The Future:

This is absolutely wonderful.

The FCC just… voted... to pass… strong... net neutrality rules. The rules Comcast tried *everything* to stop. Reflect on this, for a moment:

President Obama had dragged his feet for years. We still won.

He appointed a former cable lobbyist to run the FCC. We still won.

We went up against the most powerful lobby in America. We still won.

They bought broad support from both parties in Congress. We still won.

The list continues below, for posterity, but you get the idea: We had to clear every hurdle. All the cable lobby had to do was stop us once. And yet… we still won.

But this victory is *not* safe yet. One word: Congress.

We are about to enter the fight of our lives in Congress. We *need* individual donations right now, to hold this win at the FCC. Can you donate?

Comcast’s last hope is to turn this victory for the Internet into a partisan fight. And half of Congress is running with it, pushing fake net-neutrality laws with intentional loopholes. If one of these bills passes, that destroys today’s win.

This movement has ever had a win this big, so we have never before stood in the crosshairs of such a formidable opponent. We need whatever support you can give us. $5, $10, $50, $500 – give what you can.

Lastly, Fight for the Future didn’t “do” this. People like you did. The millions of Americans who commented to the FCC, who called them at their desks, who spread the word to their friends, who even, sometimes, came out in the streets with a cold winter on the way– *they* did this.

We just worked like crazy to make sure that all that amazing energy, dedication and outrage went to the right places–at just the right moments–to force people in power to do the right thing. Organizing: online, and off. That’s what we do.

Being able to focus on organizing massive campaigns (like Battle for the Net and the Internet Slowdown) day in and day out means we can do things nobody else can, and bring the Internet to victories that were never before possible. That’s why we’re here, and we’re good at it, but man have we got a tough road ahead.

You should be *immensely* proud of the win we just accomplished, together. If you can, give us the resources we need to defend it.

And thanks, sincerely, for everything *all of you* have done so far. It’s crazy what we can get done together, isn’t it?

Sincerely,

Holmes, Tiffiniy, Evan, Laila, Vasjen, Jeff, Chris, Jessica, Charlie – the whole FFTF team + extended family.

P.S. If you can’t donate, or if you already have, spend some time sending battleforthenet.com to friends with emails, texts, and direct FB messages. We made some special changes to mark the occasion – and gear up for battle!

P.P.S. The list of hurdles continues, as promised...

Two of the 5 votes at the FCC (O’Rielly and Pai) were completely in Comcast’s hands. We still won.

Comcast owns NBC, CNBC and MSNBC and was shameless about using their networks for propaganda. We still won.

At Comcast CEO David Cohen’s house President Obama once joked – "I have been here so much the only thing I haven’t done in this house is have Seder dinner.” We still won.

To build Democrat opposition to net neutrality, the cable lobby used strategic donations to get the Boys & Girls Club and even the NAACP on their side. We still won.

The cable lobby spent millions on cleverly misleading emails to *paid* email lists to get a deluge of anti-net neutrality comments from regular people who thought they were opposing a “government takeover". We still won.

They even got to Glenn Beck. (Glenn Beck! How could you betray us?!?! Just kidding). We still won.

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