Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tell Ajit Pai to leave net neutrality alone

From Free Press:

Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of the FCC’s historic vote to pass real Net Neutrality rules.

But while more than 4 million people, organizations and businesses urged the FCC to pass the open internet rules, Net Neutrality is facing its biggest threat yet under the Trump administration.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants Net Neutrality gone. Since Pai became chairman a month ago, public interest groups, the New York Times and the Washington Post alike have lambasted him for making moves that will harm the people who have the least power.

Net Neutrality is NOT negotiable and we need Chairman Pai to hear this.

While Pai claims he supports a free and open internet, he’s been one of the most vitriolic opponents of the rules that were put in place to keep it that way. When the FCC passed its rules in 2015, Pai offered a lengthy dissent, arguing they were part of an elaborate Obama conspiracy to “regulate the internet.”

Talk about alternative facts.

In truth, the rules don’t regulate the internet; they keep broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from messing with what we do online. The FCC simply reclassified these companies under an existing law that preserves the rights we’ve always had to defend ourselves against communications carriers bent on interfering with our speech.

Tell Chairman Pai to back off and leave Net Neutrality alone.

We’ve been fighting for the open internet for over a decade and have no intentions of stopping now. Last week we delivered nearly 200,000 signatures in support of Net Neutrality to the FCC’s open meeting. And today we’re co-sponsoring a briefing with the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition to discuss the threats and opportunities that lie ahead.

Pai needs to know we aren’t going anywhere. Send him a message today.

Thanks for all that you do—

Candace, Dutch and the rest of the Free Press team

P.S. Don’t let Chairman Pai destroy Net Neutrality: Urge him to leave the open internet alone.

P.P.S. Fund the fight at Free Press: We're on CREDO Action's ballot this month and every vote we get = more money to support our work. Thank you!

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