To: U.S. Congress

Trump's FCC voted to end the open Internet. Congress can still save it — if they hear from us.

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. Congress can use the Congressional Review Act to reverse this hasty and misguided action and we only have 60 legislative days to pressure Congress to act.

In this critical time, we need net neutrality now more than ever to fight for the future of our democracy. The open Internet is a space where all of us — no matter the content of our beliefs, color of our skin, size of our wallets — have an equal voice.

In 2015, millions of us fought for and won net neutrality protections. Now, President Trump's FCC voted to repeal them. Congress now has the power to save net neutrality, but only if they hear from enough us. Sign and share this to tell Congress that net neutrality is among the core civil rights issues of our time — and a moral imperative. Congress must block the FCC’s vote.

Why is this important?

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.


Reasons for signing

  • The Internet was developed with taxpayer dollars and belongs to all of us and should not be considered just a profit center for media corporations.
  • I believe that open free speech is our right and we should not have others tell us what we should read or hear. I can sensor myself...
  • I signed because this action we are trying to avoid is the first step toward dictatorship

Updates

2017-12-14 17:02:38 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2017-12-14 16:20:37 -0500

500 signatures reached

2017-12-14 16:03:41 -0500

100 signatures reached

2017-12-14 15:52:50 -0500

50 signatures reached

2017-12-14 15:46:53 -0500

25 signatures reached

2017-12-14 15:45:24 -0500

10 signatures reached