The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote on its plan to kill net neutrality on December 14. People from across the political spectrum are outraged, so there is a mass effort to protest at Verizon retail stores across the country on December 7, one week before the vote and at the peak of the busy Holiday shopping season. We’ll demand that our members of Congress take action to stop Verizon’s puppet FCC from killing net neutrality.
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The laws prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else.
Do you know how horrible this would be? It’s like Verizon OWNING Yahoo, and you MUST use their services. You may be able to use google the search engine but PAY or PURCHASE a Gmail account.
Cable companies are famous for high prices and poor service. Several ranks of the most hated companies in America. Now, they’re lobbying the FCC and Congress to end net neutrality. Why? It’s simple: if they win the power to slow sites down, they can bully any place into paying millions to escape the “slow lane.” This would amount to a tax on every sector of the American economy. Every site would cost more since they’d all have to pay big cable. Worse, it would extinguish the startups and independent voices who can’t afford to pay. If we lose net neutrality, the Internet will never be the same.
Here is the twisted web of connections: The new chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is a former top lawyer for Verizon, and the company has been spending millions on lobbying and lawsuits to kill net neutrality so they can gouge us all for more money.
It is super IMPORTANT that we show up on the days of action, or on our designated community protests at Verizon stores, by engaging in our RIGHT to Protest and standing together we’re shining a light on the corruption that is happening and demanding that our local leadership and powers that be do something about it. You can find a protest or sign up to organize one your very self by going to http://verizonprotests.com/
Only Congress has the power to stop Verizon’s puppet FCC. Ajit Pai is still working for Verizon, not the public. But he still has to answer to Congress.
So at the protests, we’ll be calling and tweeting at legislators, in cities where it’s possible we’ll march from Verizon stores to lawmakers offices. We are demanding on our lawmakers to do their job overseeing the FCC and speak out against Ajit Pai’s plan to gut Title II net neutrality protections and give Verizon and other giant ISPs everything on their holiday wishlist.
Where do your members of Congress stand? Find out, call them, visit them!
To win, we need to bring more members of Congress onto “Team Internet”—especially Republicans. Republican members of Congress face massive pressure from party leadership to oppose Net Neutrality, partly because of lobbying by Team Cable, and partly because they see it as “Obama era” policy. But Net Neutrality predates Obama, has always been a design principle of the Internet and does not need to be a partisan issue. Some Republicans are open to the need for rules—but they won’t break ranks from party leaders unless they hear from constituents. Meeting in person with your member of Congress is by far the most high-impact thing most people can do right now. Tweets are surprisingly effective—and you should still call too. But seriously …Visit your member of Congress.
Go to www.battleforthenet.com and find out how you can fight back locally.
There will be a NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION DECEMBER 7th !!!!
Send Complaints in at www.gofccyourself.com. (seriously)
http://verizonprotests.com/ and find one near you.
SAN ANTONIO !!! FRIDAY DECEMBER 8TH 6 PM @ 727 E CESAR CHAVEZ BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.