TUESDAY 12/12/17

FEDERAL:

DEMAND THE FCC MAINTAIN NET NEUTRALITY

The FCC has confirmed that they will vote on 12/14 to abolish the regulations that prevent internet service providers from blocking access to certain sites, throttling internet speeds, and otherwise controlling what websites and online services are available to their customers.

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.

The four major ISPs (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and AT&T) have been lobbying against the 2014 net neutrality regulations, frustrated by the constraints placed on their ability to profit from those who need their services the most. They have specifically targeted the classification of ISPs as Title II services, a category that requires more strict federal oversight. In response to their lobbying efforts, the new 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.

Let's call Ajit Pai, the FCC Chairman, comment on the FCC website & call our members of congress to demand they stop this vote!

Script for Ajit Pai:

Hi, my name is __________ and I'm a concerned customer from North Carolina. 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.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

 

Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman

202-418-1000

 

Script for Senate & House:

Hi, my name is ___________ and I’m a constituent from zip code ________. I'm calling to express my support for Net Neutrality and a fair and open Internet. I ask that Senator/Representative _____________ contact FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and demand he abandon his plan to overturn Net Neutrality and Title II oversight. It is time for Congress to take a stand and urge Chairman Pai to cancel the upcoming vote.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

 

COMMENT ON THE FCC WEBSITE:

Go to:

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express

 

In "Proceeding(s) type: 17-108

 

Be sure to hit "ENTER" (or return key) on your keyboard after you put in your name, so it registers. (They make it a tad tricky there.)

 

Sample for comments section (or express your concerns):

Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it. Cancel the vote!

 

STOP THE PACKING OF OUR COURTS WITH EXTREME JUDGES

During the week of December 11th, the Senate will vote to confirm 3 nominees for lifetime appointments on the US Circuit Courts and US Court of Appeals — Leonard Steven Grasz, Don Willett, and James Ho. Leonard Grasz was unanimously rated "not qualified" by the American Bar Association and raised doubts about his ability to be impartial. Don Willett has shown a willingness to shape his judicial decisions based on his personal policy views, often anti-LGBTQ and anti-worker. James Ho has written that the US should "abolish all restrictions on campaign finance," helped defend the use of torture while working in the Bush Administration's Office of Legal Counsel, and has often sided with extreme anti-LGBTQ stances.

Not only are these nominations extreme choices, they are also being recklessly rushed through the confirmation process. All 3 men received hearings less than a month ago and were voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 7th, merely days before their final confirmation votes. This is a clear attempt by the Senate GOP to pack the US federal court system with extreme judicial choices (also predominantly white, male, and young), picked by the right-wing Federalist Society and by an administration currently under federal investigation.

The US Circuit Court and US Court of Appeals are crucial court levels, often the last stop for cases. Those confirmed to these positions have the power to influence our law for generations. The Senate must exercise their full power to serve as a check on the executive branch and properly vet these candidates before confirming them instead of simply rubber stamping them for political partisan reasons.

 

Script for Senate:

Hi, my name is ___________ and I’m a constituent from North Carolina.

I'm calling to ask that the Senator vote against the confirmations of Leonard Grasz, Don Willett, and James Ho. It is unacceptable and reckless of the Senate to rush through unqualified, highly biased lifetime appointments purely to serve a partisan agenda. I am paying close attention to this issue.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

 

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342 

High Point: (336) 885-0685

 

HOUSE:

Rep. Virginia Foxx

Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211

Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

 

Rep. Ted Budd

Advance, NC (336) 998-1313

Washington, DC (202-225-4531

 

Rep. Mark Walker

Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005

Washington, DC (202) 225-3065