Beer & Politics – Last Chance to Save Net Neutrality
August 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This week’s Beer & Politics letter-writing event is focused on Net Neutrality. Under the leadership of Trump-appointed Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC is poised to cancel the Open Internet rules put in place in 2015, ironically labeling his new rule ‘Restoring Internet Freedom’ The original Net Neutrality order was designed to protect the public from broadband providers. Under the order they cannot block, slow down, or in any way interfere with information traveling through their wires. Without this regulation, big telecom companies will be free to create fast and slow lanes, censor what you can see, and extort money for participation. Join with other activists and concerned citizens and make your voices heard. Drop by any time after work between 5:30 and 6:30 or so to write and call our representatives and to send our comments to the FCC. We’ll supply the postcards, stationery, envelopes, stamps, and fact sheets.
The cut-off date for FCC comments is August 17th! After the rule is voted on by the FCC, if passed, it will head to the US Senate and then House of Representatives. Senator Tillis has already co-authored a bill called the Restoring Internet Freedom Act (S.993) along with 8 other senators. Senator Burr is silent now about how he views it. Rep. McHenry has come out against Net Neutrality in general, but Rep. Meadows is silent on the matter, so he needs to be pushed. If you can’t make it Wednesday, be sure to write and call Senators Burr and Tillis and your congressional rep, McHenry or Meadows. And send your comments to the FCC by August 17th! John Oliver’s handy gofccyourself.com redirects directly to the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) page on the FCC website where you can enter your remarks: Click on “Express,” fill out the form, and your comments are officially registered.
Need more info about Net Neutrality, head to our Free Press page for links, a video, and talking points.
Please drop by Wednesday—and spread the word!