Faithful Internet is here to amplify the voices of people of faith and moral conscience to protect the Open Internet Order. When you sign up, you will be joining leaders such as Rev. William Barber, Sister Simone Campbell, Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Valarie Kaur, and Rev. Otis Moss III.
We are a project coordinated by the United Church of Christ OC, Inc. with assistance from the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. We launched in fall 2014 to help educate and equip people of faith in the movement for Internet freedom. Today, we are your one-stop education resource to understand why Internet freedom is essential for the future of religious and spiritual life, interfaith cooperation, and service in America.
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Trump's FCC voted to end the open Internet. Congress can still save it — if they hear from us.President Trump's FCC just held a 3-2 vote that tries to end the Internet as we know it. But the fight isn't over. Championing the vote were telecom giants who want more control over what happens on the Internet. On the other side of the debate is everyone else — start-ups, businesses, educators, artists, advocates, and people of all backgrounds who are defending net neutrality, the principle that keeps the Internet free of corporate control. They argue that net neutrality is necessary for American democracy and the economy. There’s also an unexpected voice in the chorus: America’s leaders of faith and moral conscience. Free speech, including moral and religious expression, depends on the open Internet. The Internet has already become a prophetic platform for faith in the United States. Faith groups are using the Internet as a medium for spiritual life, service, prophetic leadership, innovation, and social justice. This would not be possible without meaningful net neutrality protections. Losing these protections could be the end of the Internet as we know it. Net neutrality rules codify principles that have governed the Internet in the U.S. for decades. They ban carriers like Comcast and AT&T from blocking or slowing down websites at will — or charging websites money for access or a faster connection to their users. It keeps the Internet an open space for free speech and dissent, vital now more than ever. In this critical window, faith voices could help persuade Congress to protect net neutrality — not just as sound policy but as a moral imperative, but only if they hear from enough of us. We will press to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse this hasty and misguided FCC action. We have 60 legislative days (i.e. days when Congress is in session) to pressure Congress to act. Sign and share this to tell Congress that you oppose the FCC’s rollback and support full net neutrality protections for everyone.3,519 of 4,000 SignaturesCreated by Valarie Kaur and Cheryl Leanza