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Net Neutrality: One More Vote!

The FCC is repealing net neutrality, but we can stop them by using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA would allow Congress to undo the FCC’s regulation by passing a “resolution of disapproval.” We only need one more vote to pass this in the Senate.

 

Wait… what is net neutrality again?

Net Neutrality is the concept that all internet traffic should be treated equally, and that your Internet Service Provider (your ISP) shouldn’t be able to block or slow down certain sites you’re trying to access—or charge you more for certain services. The reason you can stream Netflix and Hulu at roughly the same speed and at no extra cost relative to the other is because ISPs aren’t currently allowed to favor one over the other.

Net neutrality has been codified under FCC rules since 2015. That’s when the FCC decided to regulate the internet as it does other public utilities, instead of regulating it as an “information service.” (This is called “Title II classification” and President Obama announced his support for it in 2014.) Deciding to classify the internet as a public utility gave the FCC a stronger hand to enforce the principles of net neutrality under existing telecommunications law. The rules also prohibited ISPs from blocking content or giving preferential treatment to some sites or content over others.

Contact Senator Portman: 

Call Senator Portman now and ask him to join his colleague Senator Susan Collins in supporting this resolution using the script below.

202-224-3353 – Washington, DC

513-684-3265 – Cincinnati, OH

216-522-7095 – Cleveland, OH

614-469-6774 – Columbus, OH

419-259-3895 – Toledo, OH

Call Script

I’m calling to express my strong disapproval of the FCC’s move to roll back the 2015 net neutrality protections. I ask that [SEN NAME] immediately work to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse this decision and preserve a free, open Internet that’s equally accessible to all.  Much of the innovation we’ve seen on the internet was able to happen because of net neutrality. The American people overwhelmingly support net neutrality—including 75% of Republicans.  Thank you for your time and attention.

 

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