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The FCC voted Thursday to repeal all existing net neutrality protections. They are giving giant ISPs like Verizon and Comcast the power to control what we can see and do online with new fees, throttling, and censorship. This will ruin the fundamentally open nature of the internet. This fight isn’t over though, there is still a clear path to victory.

The organizations behind Battle For The Net are launching a new campaign to demand that Congress step in and restore net neutrality via the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA lets elected officials in Congress overrule actions taken by Federal agencies like the FCC. And it’s different from a normal bill because it only requires a simple majority in the Senate and House to pass.

There’s some poetic justice in it, since it’s the same procedure that ISP-backed lawmakers used to gut Internet privacy protections earlier this year.

Given the level of public backlash and polls showing that 83% of voters from across the political spectrum oppose the FCC’s plan, and given that several Republicans have already started to publicly criticize the FCC vote, we have a real chance to making this happen.

But it won’t be easy, and it can only happen within 60 legislative days of the order going into effect.

Here’s what everyone can do right now:

1. Text “BATTLE” to +1 424-363-4877 or go toBattleForTheNet.com to easily send a message to your lawmakers.

2. Share this article widely so everyone knows there is a way we can still win.

3. Use these tools to change your profile pic and help sound the alarm.

We can still win this. Even if you’ve already contacted your reps, now is the time to call them again. We need all hands on deck. Please, take a moment and make the call, then spread the word.

Evan Greer is the campaign director of Fight for the Future, a digital rights nonprofit known for organizing massive online protests to defend free expression on the Internet. She’s a transgender parent, organizes a monthly queer dance party and travels internationally as a political musician, speaker, and workshop facilitator. Follow her on Twitter: @evan_greer

Originally published in CommonDreams

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2 Comments

  1. K SHESHU BABU says:

    All out effort must be made to save the freedom of expression on social media and internet independence