Speak out for Net Neutrality – H.R.1644 needs to pass Senate

Thanks to 5calls.org for this action!

Back in 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established protection for net neutrality through the 2015 Open Internet Order regulation. Net neutrality protection ensures that all users have equal access to all internet content. It also prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from manipulating website access by charging higher prices for high-speed access to certain websites or by blocking access to specific websites.

In December 2017, the FCC reversed the Open Internet Order regulation with a vote of 3-2 along party lines. Interestingly, large media and telecom companies such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T have strongly supported the FCC action, while tech companies like Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook vehemently opposed the reversal of net neutrality.

Eighty-five percent of the U.S. public opposed the regulation change in 2017, including 75% of Republicans. Senate and House Democrats introduced legislation to restore the 2015 Open Internet Order. The House has passed H.R.1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019, a simple three-page bill. This legislation needs to pass the Senate to re-establish net neutrality.

Today we're asking you to tell our members of Congress to support net neutrality. Thank our House members for their support, and urge our Senators to get this bill passed in the Senate.

ACTION: Tell your MOCs that net neutrality must be insured.

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

  • Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545

  • Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400

SCRIPT:

“Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY]. I am deeply concerned about the need for net neutrality. The internet must have equal access for all users, and ISPs must not be allowed to discriminate through higher access costs or blocking specific websites.”

[For Representatives Jayapal and Smith]

"Thank you for your support of H.R.1644, the Save the Internet Act. It needs to pass the Senate. Please work with your Congressional colleagues to bring it to a vote and pass this legislation. Thank you."

[For Senators Murray and Cantwell]

"I read that H.R.1644, the Save the Internet Act, has been passed by the House to re-establish net neutrality. It now needs to pass the Senate. Please do everything possible to bring it to a vote and pass this legislation. Thank you."

Background:

H.R.1644 – Save the Internet Act of 2019, https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1644

“House approves Save the Internet Act that would reinstate net neutrality,” https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/10/18304522/net-neutrality-save-the-internet-act-house-of-representatives-approval

"Why the Senate is blocking a new net neutrality bill, a year after trying to save it," https://www.vox.com/2019/4/10/18302186/net-neutrality-house-bill-senate

EVENTS

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https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2019/9/10/resist-trump-tuesday-defundhate

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Immediately following our 11:45 am rally, as we regularly do on Resist Trump Tuesday, we will be meeting with Senator Murray’s and Senator Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30 pm to let them know how we want them to DefundHate, and afterward, for a Q&A session on whatever topic you want to raise with your senators.

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SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.