Net Neutrality

We Lost Net Neutrality Federally

Monday 6/11/18 was the day we lost net neutrality federally. Washington state has it as a state. Other states are suing or making their own legislation to enforce net neutrality

9/28/18: new tool: VoteForNetNeutrality.com

Past Actions

Starting on May 9th until the day of the vote, put your website or social profile on RED ALERT to help sound the alarm and flood lawmakers with calls and emails: BattleForTheNet.com.

We Have Little Time

5.9 Sen. Markey is bringing a resolution of disapproval to the Senate floor for a vote. It is a tactic from the CRA: and requires 30 signatures to bring a bill to the floor if it has sat for more than 20 days without action. About the resolution: DailyDot.com

The OMB Has to Approve the Repeal

“the Office of Management and Budget has to approve the new order, which it hasn’t done. Once that happens, we’ll get another notice in the FederalRegister.gov. And that’s when we’ll know for sure when the ISPs will be able to legally start changing their actions”: GizModo.com. “Basically, the OMB has to ensure that any new ways the FCC requires broadband providers and ISPs to collect information do not place an undue burden on them.”: TheRoot.com.

The Federal Register Deadline

According to Senate.gov: PDF, we had a 60 legislative day deadline: we need one more Republican to support net neutrality to overturn the ruling. April 23rd is when we started to lose it: Money.CNN.com. More about the overall process.

Net neutrality is all but officially dead. Now what?: CNET.com.

Who to call: BattleForTheNet.com.

How killing net neutrality will hurt online protests and free speech: Mashable.com.

2/27/18: Sen. Cantwell (at 30:30):”We cannot allow the Federal Communications Commission to put a choke hold on the Internet by allowing big corporations to create artificial fast lanes or charge consumers more. That’s why I’m introducing a legislative measure with U.S. Senate Democrats to save net neutrality.” Facebook video: 43.37

About

Senator Cantwell recommended this John Oliver video about it: Time: 19:32 (less if you skip the goat ;-))
Senator Cantwell’s press conference on Twitter, 1/9/17: 2:04
Senator Cantwell’s town halls on net neutrality: Online, 12/19/17: on Twitter: 50:09.
In Seattle, 7/7/17: on FB live: 1:34 ~ loose notes
Burger King explains net neutrality: Twitter.com. Their petition: Change.org.
Reddit‘s Alexis Ohanian about net neutrality: FB video: 2.51 mins.
Why we need net neutrality: TEDxYouth at YouTube.com.


Net Neutrality Protest in Poulsbo

What Can We Do?

Write, Call and Fax Senators – We Need One More

Who to call: BattleForTheNet.com.

Write a Letter to the Editor

Share your concerns, and inform people. Resources and Information: SADfor.us.

Sign Petitions

Protect net neutrality: Petitions.MoveOne.org

Please sign Sen. Murray’s petition: Add your name as a citizen cosponsor in support of protecting the free and open internet: MurraySenate.BSD.net

Burger King’s petition: Change.org.

What is Being Done?

Senator Markey is Legislating

“Senator Markey’s resolution of disapproval would rescind FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s item and fully restore the Open Internet Order.”: Markey.Senate.gov. It will be formally introduced once the rule has been through both houses and is signed into the Federal Register. As of 1/18/18 50 Senators have cosponsored it (all of the Democrats and Sen. Collins), and it has a sister bill to go to the House. The resolution. This is possible through the CRA.

What the CRA Does
The Congressional Review Act gives Congress authority to review regulatory actions within 60 legislative days. It only needs a simple majority to pass a bill over-riding a regulatory change. It still would need Trump to sign it, and it would need Ryan or McConnell to bring to floor. Both of our senators are cosponsors. We need one more Republican to get behind this.
More: Wikipedia.org.

AG Lawsuits

Multiple AGs are suing, including our AG Bob Ferguson: ABCNews.Go.com. The Internet Association is working with them – big players like Netflix: Variety.com.

Gov. Inslee is Protecting Washington State

2/28/18 WA legislature House and Senate passed a bill guaranteeing net neutrality in WA. Gov. Inslee is expected to sign it: KomoNews.com.

Senate Bill to Reverse FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal Gains Traction

Montana Has Implemented Net Neutrality

“Montana becomes first state to implement net neutrality after FCC repeal”: TheHill.com.

People Are Making Their Own Internets

“Fort Collins joins a growing list of cities opting in to their own internet,” TruthDig.com.

Older News

“DONATIONS FROM THE ISP INDUSTRY — HERE’S HOW MUCH YOUR LAWMAKER GOT”: TheVerge.com.

Sign this petition to remove Ajit Pai: WhiteHouse.gov.

The article by Marylin Olds in KitsapDailyNews.com.

More About The December 14th Vote

It happened. “The agency scrapped so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone services.”: NYTimes.

Wording from:
Restoring Internet Freedom Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order – WC Docket No. 17-108: PDF:
“In 2015, the Commission imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulation on Internet service providers (ISPs)” (translation: the commission imposed rulings that compelled corporations to allow free traffic in the internet).
This is the ruling that will be voted on on December 14th from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EST: FCC.com.
They will play a livecast.

Things We Did

Break the Internet! Tuesday, December 12th battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/.

Contact FCC Commissioners

Republicans are red.
202-418-1000 * Ajit Pai, Chairman: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov.
202-418-2100 * Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov.
202-418-2300 * Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner: Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov.
202-418-2200 * Brendan Carr, Commissioner: Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov.
202-418-2400 * Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov.
“Rosenworcel: ‘Please stop us from killing net neutrality’ “: LATimes.

Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554
Toll-Free Voice: 1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322)
Toll-Free TTY: 1-888-TELL FCC (835-5322)
ASL Videophone: 1-844-4-FCC-ASL (432-2275) 202-810-0444
Toll-Free Fax: 1-866-418-0232

Comment at the FCC Site: Restoring Internet Freedom (17-108)

Submit a public comment by going to www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express.
Enter the number 17-108 in the first field, which is called Proceeding. On the same screen, you can type your comment and submit it to the FCC.
Your comment will be part of the FCC’s official record in this proceeding.
With the first 2 fields, you need to hit ‘enter’ to have your input stay in the field.

Protest at Verizon Stores for Net Neutrality

There is a national protest on Thursday, December 7 from 12pm-7pm EST.
Find a protest near you: http://www.verizonprotests.com.
Find a local Verizon branch, and set up a protest there: Google.com.

Join Team Internet

“We’ll provide you with insider campaign updates, access to organizers, connections to like-minded volunteers and the training and support to take your activism to the next level.” freepress.net.

Check for meetings and actions near you: battleforthenet.com.

Text people to invite them to events and take action: demandprogress.org.

Tweet representatives who are not supporting net neutrality: battleforthenet.com.

Fake Comments

Article about bots posting fake comments on the FCC site: BBC.

In Sen. Merkeley’s Name

His tweet: https://twitter.com/SenJeffMerkley/status/942780972461895680.

In My Families’ Names

Fake comments put under the name Holly Brewer wanting reduced regulations: 1, 2 & 3
– and in the name of Judy Brewer: here; and Tyler Brewer: here. Oh, and the same comments put in the name of Carrie, various last names: Twitter.

Yes, they could be other people – but the text is the same… the text in each comment:
“The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed on the internet is smothering innovation, damaging the American economy and obstructing job creation. I urge the Federal Communications Commission to end the bureaucratic regulatory overreach of the internet known as Title II and restore the bipartisan light-touch regulatory consensus that enabled the internet to flourish for more than 20 years. The plan currently under consideration at the FCC to repeal Obama’s Title II power grab is a positive step forward and will help to promote a truly free and open internet for everyone.”

Find out if a bot has submitted a fake comment in your name: comcastroturf.com.
Use their form to search the FCC for comments filed in your name. It requires an exact match. If you find a fake comment filed using your name AND an address that you are currently or formerly associated with, email: team@fightforthefuture.org to let them know.

Sen. Cantwell’s letter to Ajit Pai in November

(Re. the Sinclair-Tribune Merger) 11/15/17: ‘Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell (Wash.) and Tom Udall (N.M.) led a group of senators in sending a letter to Pai on Wednesday saying “it is imperative you recuse yourself from certain matters in order to protect the public interest, integrity and independence of the agency’s decision-making process until after the FCC’s inspector general determines whether the facts warrant your permanent recusal.”’ theHill.com.