Keep the Pressure on for a Free and Open Internet

  • Week of April 29, 2018

On Monday, parts of the Trump Administration’s repeal of net neutrality -  the rule that all traffic on the internet be treated equally - went into effect. This article breaks down why this move was a huge blow for democracy:

“The web is the primary hub of all human communication and knowledge, and [repealing net neutrality][] allow[s] that space to be controlled by toll-collecting corporate giants. It would place juggernauts of capitalism in charge of the public square.”

But this wildly popular policy - supported by some 86% of Americans - isn’t going down without a fight. In the five months that have been passed since the FCC repealed Net Neutrality 28 states have introduced their own rules, two (Oregon and Washington) succeeding, with California’s bill - which would enshrine some of the strongest protections - advancing through key milestones just last week. State AGs, governors, and municipalities have also been taking action.

All-of-us must keep the pressure on to protect a free and open internet.

Here’s how:

1 California’s SB822 is advancing its way through the California Senate but predictably, high-priced cable lobbyists are doing all they can to throttle the momentum. Those of us represented by Senators Henry Stern and Robert Hertzberg need to tell them to get out of the way.

2 Use this tool from our friends at Indivisible to apply pressure to your state AG, elected officials, governors, or municipalities to restore net neutrality. Make sure the officials who work for you are on the right side of history.