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OneMoreVote is needed to save net neutrality

by Molly de Blanc Contributions Published on Feb 22, 2018 03:14 PM

We at the Free Software Foundation (FSF) value net neutrality for many reasons, and we know it's necessary for a free Web and the future of free software.

Protecting net neutrality in the United States is one of the most important issues facing digital rights activists and advocates here. After the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) shamefully revoked the common carrier classification of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) -- the closest thing to pro-net neutrality laws that we had at a national level -- members of Congress finally took notice and started working on a Congressional Review Act (CRA). A CRA allows Congress to vote to overturn a policy decision, like the FCC's reclassification of ISPs.

In order for a CRA to work, a simple majority of Senators and Representatives need to support it -- which means 51 Senators. We currently have 50 Senators pledging to support net neutrality. We need one more.

This February 27th, the Internet is coming together to support the CRA, and we need you to join.

We urge you to call your Senator. Information about contacting your Senator is available on the Senate Web site.

Not sure what to say? Try the following:

I'm a voter/resident in your district, and I am concerned about the future of the internet. Net neutrality is necessary for a free Web. I hope you will support the CRA to overturn the FCC's decision on ISPs as common carriers.

After you call, share on social media. We prefer GNU social and Mastodon -- if your social media supports hashtags, use #NetNeutrality and #OneMoreVote. Don't forget to tag @fsf and let us know!

Want some bonus points? There are more than 100 members from the House of Representatives supporting the CRA. We need 218 to step up for a free Web. Call your Representative and ask them to save net neutrality and vote for the CRA.

You can find your Representative online.

Thank you for everything you do for free software, the FSF, and net neutrality. We're looking forward to hearing from you on the 27th!

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