Cable lobbyists strong-arms Congresscritters into signing anti-Net Neutrality petition


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The wonderful thing about the current lobbying system is that there are so many varied corporate interests with so much money to spend that any given one of them has only so much influence. It's true the bad guys in any sector can focus on key committees, but even so with multiple committee memberships, any given congressman has influence coming in from all directions. So when there is a true public outcry, they can always give up one little source of support knowing there is plenty more where that came from from other industries and sectors.


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The problem with that theory is that ALL the lobbyists represent moneyed corporate interests, and often what is in the public interest does not mean huge profits for any of the corporations who keep lobbyists on the payroll.


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What we need is a faster way to remove Congress members from office when they stop representing the voters.


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...we're likely to see further douche maneuvering on the Hill.

You can take that to the fucking bank.


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the 'fucking bank' eh? i wanna go there and make a withdraw. or a deposit, i'm not picky.


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Via reddit:

Take Action


(Today only) Tell Congress: Don’t Sign the Cable Industry Letter Against Real Net Neutrality

Outside the US? You can still participate in this International action asking concerned citizens to "Say No to the Internet Slow Lane"



Call FCC - *please be courteous

1. Dial 888-225-5322

2. push 1, 4, 0

3. a person will answer.

4. they will ask for your name and address. you can just give them a zip code if you want.

5. "I'm calling to ask the FCC to reclassify Internet Service Providers as Title Two Common Carriers."

6. They'll ask if there is anything else you would like to add.

7. "No, Thank you for your time."

8. hang up.



Call Congress

Go to OpenCongress & type in your zipcode.

Pick up the phone and call each of the these folks. Believe it or not, someone will answer the phone, and phone calls make a difference.

Politely tell the congressional staff that picks up to "Have the FCC classify internet as a Title Two common carrier." Ask them to repeat what they wrote down.



You can also contact FCC & Congress at stoptheslowlane.com



Spread the word: Have a friend or family member that doesn't understand net neutrality?

Have them watch this informational video video: 11min; 4min; 2min; read this, or just look at this picture.



Join the May15th Day of Action to Save the Internet

Sign-up to join the rally Thursday morning at the FCC in DC

Sign the NoSlowLane petition

If your representatives who have signed on to the CPC letter supporting Net Neutrality, make sure to call and thank them.

If your senators have published a letter to the FCC supporting Net Neutrality, make sure to call and thank them.

Call the White House and make sure they know you support Net Neutrality

Show the world what the FCC's "slow lane" looks like and add the #StopTheSlowLane code to your site

Write a Letter to the Editor for your local paper

Join or support the protest outside the FCC in Washington, DC

Share your voice on Twitter. Suggested tweets:

We support #NetNeutrality and call on the @FCC to ensure companies large and small have equal access to the Internet

#NetNeutrality and an Open Internet is essential to maintaining a level playing-field for innovation. We call on the @FCC to protect it


Background


What is Network Neutrality? A Quick Non-Technical Explanation

How the FCC Makes Its Rules

Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know

Big Cable says broadband investment is flourishing, but their own data says it's falling

Why the tweaks to Chairman Wheeler's proposal reported last night just aren't good enough: Evaluating the FCC Chairman’s Revised Net Neutrality Proposal

3 Ways the FCC Chairman is Reversing the 2010 Rules

Why the new FCC Proposal on Net Neutrality is Disasterous for Startups, Consumers, and the Economy

Net Neutrality Legal Binary.  Explaining "Title II" vs Everything Else



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Perhaps there is some self-loathing that leads to those lobbyists committing suicide (or perhaps fake suicides are being set up for those who don't bend to their will)...


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