It’s classic 45 institutional demolition. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair, Ajit Pai, wants to undo strong public protections called Net Neutrality that are keeping the Internet open and affordable.
Pai wants Internet Service Providers like his old boss Verizon to be able to increase prices for speedier service. Why wouldn’t they when their job is to maximize profits for shareholders? But, what happens to us when we can’t afford increased prices? What happens to start up businesses, educational resources, or political organizing groups?
On a party-line vote, the FCC just voted for the first step of Pai’s plan, We have until July 17 to put as much pressure as possible not only on the FCC, but also on Congress and the White House.
The Senate hasn’t even voted yet on whether to confirm Pai to his full term as FCC Chair—a sign of this rushed and radical process. Pai’s plan to kill net neutrality needs to be the top issue in that vote.
We’ve called the FCC (which crashed when John Oliver’s fans all called at once!). Let’s call our Senators to make sure they know where we stand.
Say something like: I’m concerned about losing net neutrality. Ajit Pai’s plan to end it makes him unfit to chair the FCC. Please don’t vote to confirm him to a full term as FCC Chair.