As hundreds of websites participate in Operation: #OneMoreVote kickoff, Internet activists announce more than 2.3 million people have urged lawmakers to block FCC repeal by passing CRA resolutions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2018
Contact: Mark Stanley, 202.681.7582, [email protected]
Following a successful day of action kicking off a sustained campaign to block the FCC’s massively unpopular repeal of net neutrality, Internet activists announced today that more than 2.3 million people have used BattleForTheNet.com and other tools to contact their lawmakers in support of using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to restore basic open Internet protections.
On Tueday, as the CRA resolutions were introduced in the Senate and House, more than 1,700 websites, including popular companies like Reddit, Tumblr, Sonos, Etsy, Kickstarter, and Medium, helped sound the alarm online, while Internet users gathered in Washington, DC and outside Senate offices in Alaska, Nevada, Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, Utah, and Kansas. Dozens of small businesses met with key Republican lawmakers to express their support for the CRA.
See a gallery of screenshots and photos here: https://imgur.com/a/a4mzE
“Net neutrality protections, which were gutted by the FCC in December, are overwhelmingly popular with the public, regardless of political affiliation. Right now people are looking to their lawmakers to support rules that prevent giant internet providers from blocking and slowing traffic online, and that means supporting the CRA resolution to restore net neutrality,” said Demand Progress Director of Communications Mark Stanley.
“Public pressure and attention are not going to let up on this issue — it’s simply too important to millions of Americans. Constituents will continue to call their members of Congress and rally outside their offices until they support the CRA resolution to restore net neutrality. If members do not support the resolution, voters will remember that they stood against net neutrality when they go to the polls in the 2018 midterms.”
Since the FCC’s December 14 vote to repeal net neutrality, advocates have been pressuring members of Congress to endorse the CRA. As Operation: #OneMoreVote kicks off the Congressional debate over the CRA, here is what Internet activists have achieved:
- More than 2.3 million actions asking lawmakers to support the net neutrality CRA
- #NetNeutrality trended in the US on both Twitter and Facebook on Feb 27
- More than 200,000 phone calls to lawmakers were made in recent weeks through BattleForTheNet.com and other tools
- Major websites including Reddit, Kickstarter, Medium, GitHub, Sonos, and PornHub, and over 1,700 others, displayed prominent site-wide alerts to their users
- Hundreds of small and medium sized businesses signed an open letter supporting the CRA at BusinessesForNetNeutrality.com
- 54 subreddits, which collectively represent over 58 million subscribers, participated by adding prominent announcements
These numbers represent the work of a broad coalition of public interest groups, startups, and popular websites. The CRA resolutions are the most likely path to restoring net neutrality protections while Congress deliberates. They require a simple majority in the Senate and House.