Internet access is more important than ever before, but 22 percent of households in the U.S. still don’t have home internet. Congress’ next COVID-19 stimulus package must include funding to make sure everyone has affordable Internet access. But the same politicians who killed net neutrality want to put their friends at Comcast and Verizon first, without making sure everyone can get online. We can’t let that happen. Tell Congress: Don’t bail out telecom execs, make sure everyone can get online during the COVID-19 crisis.
Ever since the FCC repealed net neutrality, ISPs like Verizon, AT&T and
T-Mobile have been
throttling traffic "pretty much everywhere all the time." Worse yet,
federal courts have
refused to overturn the FCC's disastrous decision, leaving us with few
options to restore freedom online.
Our last hope? Win net neutrality at the state level. This will show the federal government that the majority of Americans demand a free and open Internet, pressuring our lawmakers to enshrine net neutrality into national law once and for all. We've already won in California, and we're going to win in other states, too. But we need your support, now more than ever.
Here’s how you can help:
In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the Open Internet Order to protect Internet users from ISPs throttling traffic, censoring content, and imposing unfair fees. But just a few years later, a new chairman of the FCC killed net neutrality by repealing the Open Internet order. It's clear that we can't count on unelected bureaucrats to consistently defend our online freedoms, and we can't rely on the courts to overrule disastrous policy decisions, either. We need strong legislation to protect net neutrality for as long as the Internet exists.
The Save the Internet Act of 2019 is a simple, three-page bill that would restore the Open Internet Order enshrining net neutrality into law. Plain and simple. Read it for yourself below, then contact your Congressional lawmakers to urge them to suport this important legislation:
To restore the open internet order of the Federal Communications Commission.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the "Save the Internet Act of 2019".
(a) DEFINITIONS.—In this section—
(1) the term "Commission" means the Federal Communications Commission, and
(2) the term "rule" has the meaning given such term in section 804 of title 5, United States Code.
(b) REPEAL OF RULE.—The Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order in the matter of restoring internet freedom that was adopted by the Commission on December 14, 2017 (FCC 17–166) shall have no force or effect.
(c) PROHIBITION ON REISSUED RULE OR NEW RULE.—The Commission may not reissue the Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order described in subsection (b) in substantially the same form, or issue a new rule that is substantially the same as that Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order, unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act.
(d) RESTORATION OF REPEALED AND AMENDED REGULATIONS.—The following are restored as in effect on January 19, 2017:
(1) The Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order in the matter of protecting and promoting the open internet that was adopted by the Commission on February 26, 2015 (FCC 15–24).
(2) Part 8 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations.
(3) Any other rule of the Commission that was amended or repealed by the Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order described in subsection (b).
Voters from across the political spectrum agree: they don't want their cable company to control what they see and do online. The FCC's reckless repeal of net neutrality has sparked an unprecedented backlash, as millions of Americans have contacted their lawmakers in protest. The numbers below represent actions taken through BattleForTheNet.com and its partners. Many more have taken action on other sites or contacted their lawmakers directly.
To help convince the House, contact congress now and add to these numbers.
Our scoreboard keeps track of who really supports net neutrality. Members of Congress highlighted in blue are on Team Internet because they’ve cosponsored or voted for the Save the Internet Act. Lawmakers highlighted in red are on Team Cable because they are not yet cosponsors or voted against the bill.
Want to make your voice heard? Check out the map below to see what activities are being organized near you. And if nothing is happening in your area, consider organizing a group or event!
Net neutrality is the principle that everyone should have access to websites and apps, preventing Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon from creating “fast lanes,” censoring content, throttling traffic and even outright blocking access to their competitor's products. This principle has guided the world wide web from the beginning, and has been protected by federal policy under Republican AND Democrat leadership since the early 2000s.
Unfortunately, Internet providers ignored this policy and even actively sued the federal government to destroy net neutrality protections … and they won. Their anti-consumer practices finally convinced the FCC to issue the Open Internet Order as a last resort in 2015. But under new leadership, the FCC has removed these regulations, threatening to end the web as we know it. A federal court ruling has opened up a path for net neutrality laws at the state and national level, giving open Internet supporters hope that the Save the Internet Act can enshrine net neutrality into law once and for all.
Comedian. (Watch this first!)
A short explanation of what's at stake.
And how Congress can use it to overrule the FCC and defend net neutrality.
Why we need net neutrality
Singer. Actor. YouTube star.
Member of European Parliament.
Senator. Former presidential candidate.
Hilarious and updated for 2017.
Law professor, with Colbert at Six Flags.
The Internet is under attack. This is the Battle for the Net.
Yes, Burger King. An amazing explanation.
Members of Team Internet support free speech and free markets online through meaningful, enforceable net neutrality laws. We are everyday Americans from across the political spectrum. We are thousands of small business owners. We are startups, tech giants and grassroots organizations with millions of members. Check out the list below to see who’s taken action to save net neutrality:
Team Cable wants to end net neutrality so they can control and tax the Internet. Team Cable lies about the effects of net neutrality on the free market and ignores blatant corruption in the regulatory process. If they get their way, we will all pay more money for worse Internet access. Independent voices will be stifled. And innovative start-ups will struggle to compete in the online marketplace.