Together, we did something unprecedented. Last Thursday, May 15, within minutes of a vote in Washington, D.C. that set the stage for a showdown over the future of the Internet, MoveOn members and allies from Fight for the Future, Free Press, and CREDO were in the streets, gathering at rarely-visited, remote FCC offices in 19 cities. We acted in solidarity with the protesters gathered at the FCC headquarters in D.C. as the vote was taking place–and with the brave activists who set up camp for more than a week in front of FCC HQ.
There’s been coverage in tons of national media outlets—and the work of MoveOn members helped get this issue into regional news outlets as well (like The Seattle Times, the San Jose Mercury News, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch)—making clear that the FCC, which normally operates with a low profile, is now in the public spotlight, and that the decisions made in Washington, D.C. are decisions that affect our lives.
Rep. Jerry Nadler joined the crowd of more than 80 people in New York City chanting “Hey hey FCC! Keep the Internet open and free!” Check out the video:
In Seattle, MoveOn member David Swaintek spoke to reporters, flanked by dozens of fellow protesters:
On TV in San Francisco, too!
In Los Angeles, 11-year-old Michael gave a rousing speech aimed at Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman. Check out the video of Michael’s speech (made by fellow MoveOn member Lauren Steiner):
If FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler thought he could push through handouts to Verizon and Comcast, he was wrong. We’ve helped to unleash a massive public backlash that’s thrown his plans into disarray.
The proposal that the FCC advanced last Thursday includes the bad plan—turning the Internet into a pay-for-play scheme—but it also includes a good idea, thanks to effective and principled organizing by many allies in the movement. The good plan, the solution—which is on the table and which we need to fight for—is to treat the Internet like other public utilities, like water, electricity, and telephone services.
We have four months to flood the FCC with comments, to move President Obama to call on his appointee Tom Wheeler to treat the Internet as a public utility, and to get members of Congress on board. We’re just getting started and we can do this.
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Thanks for all you do.