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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 09-12-2018 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original thread Beware - FCC Voted to Kill Net Neutrality Rules - This can be reversed!! has current info (as of 01-17-2018 & 01-26-2018) but was getting a little long.

So this is the continuation.

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Tell the Congressional Holdouts: Get on the Right Side of History and Save Net Neutrality for All

The Congressional Review Act is a measure lawmakers can use to overturn rules from federal agencies. Supporting the Net Neutrality CRA is the fastest and most effective way to restore the FCC’s strong open-internet rules.

Members of the House of Representatives need to follow two simple steps to restore these protections:

  1. First, 218 House members need to sign the discharge petition allowing the Net Neutrality CRA to come up for a full vote. 177 lawmakers have already signed on so we need to get just 41 more reps to step up.
  2. Second, a majority of House members need to vote yes to pass the CRA.

It’s really that simple.

With California becoming the fourth state to pass its own Net Neutrality rules, it’s clear that grassroots activism has companies like Comcast on the ropes. Now is the time to keep pushing for the CRA.

We need to show every representative that it’s crucial to protect their constituents’ online rights from predatory companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

Over the years we’ve rallied to tell lawmakers that an open, accessible and affordable internet is essential to the health and well-being of our movements, our local economies and our ability to tell our own stories. Now we must come together to do it again.

This fight is so vital because, at its core, restoring the Title II Net Neutrality rules is about preserving civil rights online. The open internet is a place where movements are born, where communities often ignored or stereotyped by mainstream media can tell their own stories, and where families, friends and people who might have never before connected can build community.

Remind the representatives who haven’t yet supported the CRA that they work for the people, not power-hungry telecoms.

Urge the congressional holdouts to sign the discharge petition and support the Net Neutrality CRA today.
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iconnumber posted 09-13-2018 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did send my message in. However as my Congressman thinks the ocean rise is caused by rocks falling into the sea, I do not think he will change is mind.
I went to an interesting book signing recently for Amy Siskind's book "The List". Not much is the same as two years ago.

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Senate Democratic Leaders Unveil Save The Internet Act To Restore Net Neutrality Protections
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Senate Democratic Leaders Unveil Save The Internet Act To Restore Net Neutrality Protections
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Democratic leaders of the House and Senate today unveiled the Save the Internet Act, legislation that will keep the internet open and free. The legislation will reverse the disastrous repeal by President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2017 of critical net neutrality protections. The legislation is co-sponsored by 46 Senate Democrats.

The Save the Internet Act enacts the three legacy net neutrality principles – no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization – and empowers the FCC to prohibit unjust, unreasonable and discriminatory practices. The legislation also ensures consumers can make informed decisions when shopping for internet plans and restores the FCC’s authority to fund broadband access and deployment, particularly for rural communities and struggling Americans. The Save the Internet Act codifies the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order in a similar manner to last year’s Congressional Review Act that passed the Senate and had bipartisan support in the House.

The legislation, introduced and lead-sponsored by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) in the Senate and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) in the House, was unveiled at a press conference today by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.).

“When the Republican-led FCC repealed net neutrality rules, they handed the big internet service providers the car keys and left American families and small businesses standing on the sidewalk,” said Leader Schumer. “Special interests and the biggest corporations shouldn’t get to decide how consumers access the internet. Democrats are fighting for everyone who relies on the free and open internet. We call on Republicans to join the vast majority of Americans who oppose the FCC’s horribly misguided decision and support this legislation to restore net neutrality.”

“When we talk about a free and open internet, we mean an internet that is free from corporate control and open to anyone to communicate, innovate and connect,” said Senator Markey. “Net neutrality ensures that when you pay your monthly bill to your internet service provider, you can able to access all content on the web at the same speed as your neighbor or big corporations. The Save the Internet Act is clear and simple: overturn the Trump FCC’s wrongheaded decision and restore strong net neutrality protections. Whether in the halls of Congress or the halls of the courts, we will not stop fighting until net neutrality is fully restored. I thank my colleagues in the Senate and House for their partnership in this fight.”

“Consumers deserve protection from price-gouging cable companies,” said Senator Cantwell. “Regulators need to do their jobs and protect consumers.”

“People don’t want their internet service providers to have control over what they can see on the internet. That’s why we need this bill,” said Senator Schatz, the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet.“Consumers need all the help they can get when it comes to internet service, so I hope we see bipartisan support and quick action in passing this bill.”

“The free and open Internet is a pillar of our democracy,” said Speaker Pelosi. “It is an honor to join Democrats from both sides of the Capitol to introduce this strong legislation, which honors the will of the millions of Americans speaking out to demand an end to the Trump assault on net neutrality. Democrats are proudly taking bold action to restore net neutrality protections: lowering costs and increasing choice for consumers, giving entrepreneurs a level playing field on which to compete, helping bring broadband to every corner of the country, and ensuring that American innovation and entrepreneurialism can continue to be the envy of the world.”

“The Save the Internet Act puts consumers first by once again putting a cop on the beat at the FCC and protecting them from abusive and discriminatory practices by internet service providers,” said Chairman Pallone. “This legislation protects a free and open internet, and I look forward to moving it through the Committee soon.”

“The bill we’re introducing today would provide essential protections against abusive Internet Service Provider practices like throttling, blocking, and paid prioritization to prevent or reduce competition,” said Rep. Doyle.

“The Save the Internet Act puts power back in the hands of the American people by restoring net neutrality,” said Rep. Clarke. “We have promised the American people to restore open, unrestricted access to the internet and build out high-speed internet to every, school, small business and community in America still waiting for it. Today we are keeping that promise.”

A copy of the Save the Internet Act can be found HERE. Click HERE for comments of support from consumer groups.

All Senators co-sponsoring the legislation include: Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Robert Casey (D-Penn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jackie Rosen (D-Nev.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), John Tester (D-Mont.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).


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It's really a shame that the Save The Internet Act To Restore Net Neutrality Protections is so partisan... this really shouldn't be so one sided. This act helps to ensure everyone has the same Internet access equally.

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The Save the Internet Act would restore net neutrality, by overruling Ajit Pai's repeal of net neutrality. The public overwhelmingly supports net neutrality. But because of unanimous Republican opposition, we can only afford to lose two Democrats on this crucial vote for The Save the Internet Act — and FOUR Democrats who have gotten money from Big Cable/ISP still aren't on board. mad

The Four Democrats that are threatening to kill the Save the Internet Act

  • Reps. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina
    Rep. Butterfield's #1 contributor is AT&T
  • Tom O'Halleran of Arizona
    Comcast is Rep. O'Halleran's third biggest donor.
  • Tony Cárdenas of California
    AT&T Inc is his #3 contributor
  • Kurt Schrader of Oregon
    Comcast Corp is his #9 largest contributor
    AT&T Inc is his #10 largest contributor
    He ran for reelection telling constituents he supports net neutrality
And Darren Soto of Florida is a co-sponsor of Save the Internet Act but is now making noise about cutting deals with the Big Cable companies. Soto ran for reelection telling constituents he supported net neutrality.

It's obvious why these Democrats are waffling on net neutrality now. It's not that their constituents oppose net neutrality or that they suddenly realized that it might not be good policy.

Soto and Schrader now they are both openly saying they think the bill should probably be weakened.

Here's the good news. Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of net neutrality, and nearly 40 opponents of net neutrality were replaced in the last election. With Republicans on the subcommittee united in opposition, we need these Democrats to lead. Voters expect Congress to act, and to get net neutrality back in place.

Demand Progress is calling constituents in these key districts and directly patching them through to their representative to urge them to pass the Save the Internet Act with no loophole amendments from Big Cable. These calls are really effective, tell your friends and family in North Carolina, Arizona, California & Oregon to reach out to their representatives telling them to vote for and to support the Save the Internet Act.

Don't let big money and lobbyists control our future!

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Sign the petition and call on Congress to pass the legislation to fully restore net neutrality!

Tell Congress:
Support the ‘Save the Internet Act’to Restore Net Neutrality!

IMPORTANT: Note: They do contact congress but they also share your email address with their petition partners (see the long list at the bottom of the sign up page). SO use an email that you are prepared to receive a lot of "Bla Ba Bla" on a variety of current issues. All the email's received come with an opt out option.

You can also give them a fake email address/street address but use a correct zip code to see which Congressional phone number you should call.

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