Thursday, November 16 - Tell MoCs to Demand the FCC Maintain Net Neutrality / Public Comments for Net Neutrality / Phone Bank for Florida Voting Rights

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell MoCs to Demand the FCC Maintain Net Neutrality

  • Action 2: Submit a Public Comment in Support of Net Neutrality

  • Action 3: Phone Bank with People Power to Restore Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Floridians

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Call on your Members of Congress to contact the FCC in support of net neutrality

Action 1: Tell MoCs to Demand the FCC Maintain Net Neutrality

Internet users scored a significant victory in 2014 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) installed protections for net neutrality and the "open Internet." Net neutrality allows all users to have equal access to everything available on the Internet, and prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from essentially turning the internet into cable television – creating fast and slow speeds for sites of their choosing and charging consumers premium prices for upgraded access. Without net neutrality, small businesses, low-income individuals, and much of rural America would lose access to affordable, reasonably-fast internet service.

In response to industry lobbying efforts, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has pledged to roll back these net neutrality protections with a softer Title I classification and will allow ISPs to instead make voluntary, unenforceable commitments that they will maintain the open Internet. We need our Members of Congress to stand up to ISPs and let the FCC know that net neutrality is not up for debate and the open Internet must be preserved.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, I’m [NAME] from [ZIP CODE]. I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago and I'm calling to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it.

[Optional: Explain why net neutrality is personally important to you or your work]

I’d like to ask [MoC] to speak out strongly against any FCC proposal to kill net neutrality. Thank you.

Action 2: Submit a Public Comment to the FCC to Support Net Neutrality

There’s one more thing you can do to help win the fight for net neutrality: join the legions of Americans who have voiced their concerns to the FCC through a public comment. The FCC will review these comments when making its decision.

To leave a public comment, you’ll have to go to this site, click “+ Express,” and then fill out the form it opens up to. Make sure you leave the proceeding number “17-108” in place, as that’s what ties it to the net neutrality proposal. Also, be aware that everything filed is public, so others will be able to see your name and address.

Suggested comments (please edit to make these your own): I urge you to reject the proposed Restoring Internet Freedom act and maintain the Title II classification that guaranteed net neutrality just two years ago. Democracy in America and around the globe depends on a free and open internet for all.

Action 3: Phone Bank with People Power to Restore Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Floridians

Florida imposes a lifetime voting ban on people with felony convictions – and the state has a whopping 1.5 million people disenfranchised because of criminal conviction. This means people who have paid their debt to society will never be allowed to exercise the right to vote in the community they're expected to integrate back into. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), through its grassroots People Power platform, launched its Let People Vote campaign on October 1 to fight to restore voting rights in Florida – and all forms of voter suppression across the United States.

People Power now has 30 petitioning events (and counting) for a huge Day of Action this Saturday and the hosts of these events are counting progressive groups around the country to recruit activists from the community to attend and help them gather signatures.

As of a few days ago, this grassroots movement has collected an awe-inspiring 800,000 signatures. They need 200,000 before the December 31st deadline to reach their goal. And here’s how you can contribute, right from your home:

Review the People Power Call Team Guide, then sign up now to help recruit petition gatherers for the November 18th Day of Action!



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