Open Internet Defenders Gear Up for Day of Advocacy With Demand for House Vote

Open internet defenders warned members of Congress that on Tuesday’s Day of Advocacy for net neutrality rules, they will be hearing directly from their constituents about how they should vote on saving the regulations — and how the wrong decision could affect their job security.

“Most days the FCC and Congress are dominated by the opinions of large cable and telecom companies with armies of well-paid Washington lobbyists,” said Chris Lewis, vice president at the public interest group Public Knowledge. “Tuesday, in both Washington and in communities around the country, Americans are lobbying for themselves. Some FCC commissioners have dismissed the overwhelming public support for restoring net neutrality rules, but they are unelected. Members of Congress ignore the overwhelming bipartisan support for net neutrality at their own risk.”

Public Knowledge and Free Press will be joined by a number of other groups — including Fight for the Future, Common Cause, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition — for the day of advocacy.

The Senate voted in favor of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality in May — moving a step closer to preventing internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast from blocking and throttling websites and creating “fast lanes” that give priority to certain content.

Advocates are now demanding that members of the House of Representatives support a petition to force a vote on the CRA.

Activists will be at the US Capitol on Tuesday, talking to their elected officials about how the end of net neutrality would affect their lives and work.

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