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. Can you help us get that last Senate vote? Focus on your state's representatives first (the ones in green are already with us) and 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 tweet and call your reps too!
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 shows the world what the web will look like without net neutrality and asks your visitors to call Congress. Click here for a demo, grab the code on GitHub, or use one of these banners. None of these will actually block, slow, or paywall your site. But, they will let your users contact their representatives in Congress without having to leave your page. They appear once per user per day and users can easily click away. Add this line of code to your site's header!
<script src="https://widget.battleforthenet.com/widget.js" async></script>
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.
The FCC killed net neutrality rules, but Congress can stop the FCC with a "Congressional Review Act" (CRA) vote. We have to win. If we don't, big ISPs like Comcast will control what we see & do online with new fees, throttling, and censorship. We need just one more vote in the Senate. Can you write Congress now?