Republicans Attempt To Beat Back Net Neutrality Rules

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“Net Neutrality Opponents Go To War.”

That was the headline of Huffington Post’s Net Neutrality article on Thursday — and it hits the nail on the head. Corporate internet providers and their allies in Congress are using every scare tactic they can think of to stop the FCC from reclassifying broadband.

Just look at the crazy lies the telecom industry’s most reliable friends in Congress are telling:

  • Sen. John Thune, Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, called reclassification “a power grab for the federal government.
  • Sen Rand Paul sent a scare letter to his supporters warning that “President Obama and the FCC are going to take over the internet.”
  • Sen. Ted Cruz is calling the reclassification of broadband “a pernicious threat.”

This loud, frenzied rush to make Net Neutrality sound scary is no accident. Right now, pro-corporate Republicans in the House and the Senate are launching phony investigations of the FCC and the White House designed to make the FCC nervous . They want to drive up support for industry-backed legislation that would create huge loopholes in Net Neutrality protections.

The FCC will vote on whether or not to reclassify broadband on Thursday, February 26. We need to send a loud and clear message to Congress that they need to stop trying to scare the FCC out of doing the right thing.

Time is running out. Please read what our founder, Gov. Howard Dean, said below and then sign his DFA petition telling Congress not to mess with the FCC on Net Neutrality.

Thanks for fighting back. We’re not going to let AT&T and Verizon win this time.

– Karli

Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager
Democracy for America

And now a word from Howard Dean..

Last week was a great week for those of us who care about Net Neutrality. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that he will ask the FCC to reclassify broadband as a utility — just like tens of thousands of Democracy for America members, including me, asked him to do.

This is a huge step in the fight for a permanently free and open internet — the kind of internet that allowed us to build Democracy for America together and will empower future generations to take online organizing to the next level.

But our fight to secure real Net Neutrality isn’t finished yet.

Some members of Congress are already pushing for telecom-friendly legislation that would strip the FCC of the power to reclassify broadband. They’re pitching it as a potential “bi-partisan compromise” on Net Neutrality — even though the FCC already has all the power it needs to protect the internet.

And just a few days ago, a few corporate-friendly House Republicans launched an investigation to determine if the White House had “improper influence” over the FCC’s proposal — a clear attempt to make this a partisan issue and intimidate the FCC.

We’re closer than we’ve ever been to winning a truly free and open internet for the long term. We can’t let the shenanigans of a few members of Congress and their corporate friends jeopardize this potential victory at the last minute.

Tell Congress: We don’t need investigations, and we don’t need new legislation. We need you to step back and let the FCC protect Net Neutrality.

Telecom companies like Verizon were never going to take regulation like this sitting down. They’re already threatening to attack reclassification in court if the FCC approves it.

Over the coming weeks, lobbyists from the big corporate internet providers are going to do everything they can to scare Congress into supporting legislation that would tie the FCC’s hands and leave open loopholes that would allow them to create slow lanes and fast lanes on the internet.

Your representatives are hearing from Verizon and AT&T right now. Let’s make sure they’re also hearing from voters like us who care about the internet. Sign my petition telling Congress not to meddle with the FCC on Net Neutrality now.

Thank you for helping save the internet.

– Howard

Gov. Howard Dean, Founder
Democracy for America

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