The FCC voted to end net neutrality rules, but Congress can overrule the FCC with the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Unlike a normal bill, the CRA only requires a simple majority in the Senate and House. Once we get the votes, we win. No filibuster. No procedural tricks. And we already have 50 of 51 votes needed to win the Senate. Click here to join the massive, Internet-wide day of action on February 27th.
Below you'll find a list of your state's senators and representatives. The ones in green support net neutrality, so let them know you appreciate their support. The ones in red need to be convinced, so let them know how important this issue is to you. Then target the 49 undecided senators. Once we win the Senate, the fight moves to the House, where we need over 25 Republican votes to win. So make sure you tweet and call senators AND representatives!
Want to make your voice heard? Check out the map below to find a protest or a meeting with a representative in your state. And if there are no events in your area, consider organizing one!
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 rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—"fast lanes" for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else. Want to learn more? Watch these videos!
Nearly everyone who understands and depends on the Internet supports net neutrality, whether they're startup founders, activists, gamers, politicians, investors, comedians, YouTube stars, or typical Internet users who just want their Internet to work as advertised—regardless of their political party. Even some of the biggest and most interesting sites in the world have joined in unprecedented, historic protests to defend net neutrality. See screenshots from the online protests or photos from protests around the country.
Cable companies are famous for high prices and poor service. Several rank as 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 site 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.
Congress can vote to stop the FCC, but to make that happen we need a massive volume of phone calls to Congress. If you have a website, you can display a prominent alert on your site that asks your visitors to contact Congress. Click here for a demo, grab the code on GitHub, or use one of these banners. The alert will appear once per user per day and users can easily click away. You can link the banners directly to this website. Add this line of code to your site's header!
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Meeting in person with your member of Congress is by far the most high-impact thing most people can do right now. Ever since the July 12 Day of Action, we've been helping set up Team Internet meetings with members of Congress. Click here to find a Team Internet drop-in visit, scheduled meeting, or town hall near you. If you're a local business owner who could be harmed by a loss of net neutrality rules, that's even more persuasive. Be in touch.
ISPs like Verizon and Spectrum already violate net neutrality rules, but it's hard to spot. OONI, part of the Tor Project, helps catch net neutrality violations and other kinds of online censorship. Can you install the app on your phone, and set it to run daily? Visit TestYourInter.net to learn more, or download the app now!
Here are some excellent articles for additional depth. They cover the issue, its political history, the struggles we've overcome, and the fight ahead in Congress and at the FCC.
When you submit to Battle for the Net, you aren't just signing a petition. We actually deliver your messages directly to Congress. However, we submit them through a rate-limited API and this can cause delays. For example, after the July 12th day of action an unprecedented number of submissions created significant delays. We've since taken steps to speed up submission, but it led to some confusion when users received replies from Congress long after taking action. Also, members of Congress themselves sometimes take weeks or more to reply to constituents. So please keep in mind that there may be a delay between when you take action and when your members of Congress reply.
The FCC voted to kill net neutrality and let ISPs like Comcast ruin the web with throttling, censorship, and new fees. Congress has 60 legislative days to overrule them and save the Internet using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), but we still need #OneMoreVote to win in the Senate. Can you write Congress now?