Dear MoveOn member,
Earlier this year, lobbyists for Comcast and Verizon were popping champagne all over Washington, D.C., after Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to end Net Neutrality.
But Comcast may have celebrated too early. Because the Senate just voted to overrule the FCC and restore Net Neutrality as the law of the land!1 The fight now moves to the House, where we need to keep up momentum and grassroots pressure.
MoveOn members have fought for years to defend Net Neutrality, and we're not going to let Trump get rid of it without a fight. Will you chip in $3 to help save Net Neutrality?
Net Neutrality is the principle that all content on the internet is treated equal and that internet service providers (ISPs) can't put some apps and websites on a slow lane, while giving preferential treatment to their own content or to corporations that pay extra.
Without Net Neutrality, new startup websites and apps won't be able to compete with the established internet giants. Remember how the internet was once ruled by AOL and Yahoo, until better websites and apps such as Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify arrived? That happened because of Net Neutrality. And unless we can save Net Neutrality, the great apps and websites of the future don't stand a chance.
Who would be in favor of killing Net Neutrality? No one but the big cable companies and ISPs who stand to make hundreds of billions of dollars by turning the free and open internet into a closed, pay-to-play medium more like cable television.
Comcast, Verizon, and the other big ISPs have spent record-shattering amounts of money on lobbying—and the FCC chairman responsible for this entire thing is a former Verizon lawyer.2
But huge majorities of both Republican and Democratic voters support Net Neutrality, and that's why the Senate just voted to overrule the FCC.3
To keep the momentum going, we need to get ready to flood the House with grassroots pressure for as long as it takes, and to defeat anti-Net Neutrality Republicans this November. If we win, the internet will be protected—even under the Trump administration. Will you chip in $3?
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Emma, Jadzia, Scott, and the rest of the team
1. "Senate Democrats win net neutrality showdown," Politico, May 16, 2017
2. "Comcast spends millions in lobbying on net neutrality, without their news networks disclosing their spending," The Young Turks, July 10, 2017
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