We’ve got over 600 nationwide net neutrality protests planned for this Thursday.
We’re now less than two weeks from the FCC’s vote to kill net neutrality, but the backlash sweeping the Internet is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
Last week, we called for protests at Verizon stores and Congressional offices in about a dozen cities. But so many people came out of the woodwork and volunteered to organize them that now there are more than 600 actions planned across the country!
Congress still has the power to force the FCC to cancel their vote and put a stop to their plan to allow for Internet censorship, throttling, and extra fees. Making sure these protests make as big a splash as possible is a key ingredient for getting Congress to act before it’s too late.
With the actions just 3 days away, we urgently need to raise the funds needed to cover the additional costs of organizing so many actions nationwide: from printing banners and signs to scaling up our text and emails.
Voters from across the political spectrum, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, overwhelmingly support existing net neutrality protections. That’s why our strategy is to force Congress to put a stop to Pai’s scheme. Since Ajit Pai is a Republican, our best chance of winning is getting lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to speak out.
The FCC may not be listening to the public, but lawmakers don’t have a choice when faced with massive backlash from constituents—like the more than 700,000 phone calls we’ve driven to Congress through BattleForTheNet.com
And it’s working. Last Friday, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine became the first GOP member to publicly oppose the FCC’s plan. Since then, several other Republicans have put out statements expressing their concerns.
This is a huge deal. It means there’s still a chance we can stop the FCC from voting. But that will only happen if we can keep the issue in the headlines constantly over the next two weeks, and put pressure directly on key lawmakers in their home districts.
The FCC’s plan is so extreme, it’s clear that Ajit Pai isn’t even trying to pretend that he’s working in the interest of the public. His plan would explicitly allow Internet Service Providers like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T to shake down small businesses and startups and engage in outright blocking of legal online content.
It’s clear, though, that Pai underestimated just how outraged Internet users would be by the plan. He didn’t expect this much backlash, and that gives us a critical opportunity to spark a nationwide outcry that pushes Congress over the edge and forces them to step in and stop the FCC.