Friday, December 4, 2015

Comcast is holding the government hostage

From Demand Progress:

Congress has 8 days left to pass a funding bill to keep the government open past December 11—and Comcast's allies have just slipped a provision into the bill overturning Net Neutrality.1

It's unbelievable. After years of debate, lawsuits, millions of public comments, and countless hours of work by activists like you, the FCC finally declared Net Neutrality the law of the land.

Now Comcast is holding the entire federal government hostage and demanding that Net Neutrality be overturned as ransom.

This is Comcast's most desperate attack on the free and open Internet yet. Will you donate to help sustain our campaign to defend Net Neutrality?

Yes, I'll donate to save Net Neutrality.

This isn't the first time Comcast has tried to use the leverage of a potential government shutdown to roll back Net Neutrality. Earlier this year they tried the same thing—but a massive outcry from Demand Progress members and other open Internet supporters stopped it.

But this time the threat is as big as it's ever been.

Congressional leaders are working behind closed doors on a gigantic $1.1 trillion bill to fund the federal government for the next year. This bill is so big, and touches so many controversial issues, that there's a real risk that hidden anti-Net Neutrality language will slip through unnoticed—unless we're watchdogging every minute.

To fight back, we're once again unleashing our secret weapon to save the Internet: The Internet itself. Working with our allies, we've created a sharable web tool that allows people to call Congress and the White House directly from their web browser either on their PC or mobile device.2

But building an app like this isn't free or easy. Programmers, bandwidth—it all costs money. That's why we're counting on you. Will you donate to help sustain our work to save Net Neutrality?

Yes, I'll donate to save Net Neutrality.

Thanks for taking action on this at a critical time.

David, Daniel, Kurt, Mark, Sara, Victoria, and the rest of the Demand Progress Team

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