Dear MoveOn member,
This is what saving the Internet looks like: So many people wrote to the FCC last week protesting its latest proposal to kill Net Neutrality that the FCC's own website crashed!
It's the most comments the FCC has received on any issue—rivaling the public response for Janet Jackson's famed "wardrobe malfunction."1
MoveOn members have been sounding the alarm—and it's working. Can you chip in $3 so we can lean into this momentum and win this fight?
We've got a two-part approach: First, we'll flood the FCC with comments again, during the second and final comment period for their rules on Net Neutrality. We'll make it clear that it's Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T vs. millions of Americans, small businesses, tech companies, and artists.
Second, we'll hold President Obama accountable to his promises to save the open Internet that helped propel him to office twice. And we've got a golden opportunity, if we can seize it.
This Wednesday, July 23, President Obama is heading to California for two fundraisers—one in Silicon Valley, the center of the Internet world, and the other in Los Angeles, at the home of Hollywood producer Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy"), who herself is a Net Neutrality advocate.2
We'll be outside these events, calling on President Obama to use his megaphone to call on the FCC to save the Internet by treating it as a public utility. But doing the event right will take money—for signs and banners, for getting the word out to more activists on short notice, for high-quality photos and video of the event to reach a wide audience.
In addition, keeping the comments flowing to the FCC and getting more members of Congress to speak out will take organizers—and our only source of funding is you, the MoveOn member. Can you chip in to save the Internet?We really do have a shot. Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, responded to our pressure this spring and changed his proposal. It's still bad, but it includes the option that holds the solution—treating the Internet as the public utility that it is, just like telephone services and water. And that solution is hitting the mainstream.
Everyone from the heads of Etsy and Kickstarter to Eddie Vedder and Fred Armisen is speaking up in favor of reclassifying the Internet as a utility. And last this week, 13 Democratic senators joined them.
When the FCC's website crashed, our allies in Washington, D.C., scrambled to print out comments that were streaming in from members to hand-deliver them to the FCC, earning headlines in Time, Politico, and The New York Times.3
It's not every day we have a shot at defeating Comcast and Verizon.
Thanks for all you do.
–Victoria, Nick, Justin, Joan, and the rest of the team
1. "FCC Extends Net Neutrality Deadline After Website Crashes," Time, July 15, 2014
2. "Creators Of Hundreds Of TV Shows Petition FCC To Not Cancel Net Neutrality," Consumerist, May 13, 2014
3. "FCC Web woes extend net neutrality deadline," Politico, July 15, 2014
"F.C.C. Is Deluged With Comments on Net Neutrality Rules," The New York Times, July 15, 2014
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