Clyburn Must Rescue Net Neutrality

The open Internet is in clear and present danger, and Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn may be our heroine. Will she rescue it?

After more than a year of waffling on Net Neutrality, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski just announced plans to issue weak regulations that give just about everything to giant phone and cable companies, and leave Internet users with almost nothing.

This is a huge betrayal. But Commissioner Clyburn – who has been an unwavering champion for Net Neutrality – holds the power to fix the chairman's bad rule before it goes to a vote on Dec. 21.

Public interest organizations, including Free Press and the Center for Media Justice, are urging Clyburn to stand strong on her belief that an open Internet must be protected.

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Chairman Genachowski needs Clyburn’s vote. Commissioner Clyburn has real political leverage to fix this rule and move us toward the Net Neutrality protections that millions of people demand.

But she needs to know she has the public’s blessing, and you can tell her so: Click this link for a script that will help you make a call to Clyburn, or send her a letter.

Tell Clyburn that Genachowski's fake Net Neutrality plan fails on so many fronts:

    • It fails to protect Net Neutrality for people who access the Internet using wireless devices. There is only one Internet: Users must be free to access any legal website, service or application whether they're at home or using a mobile phone.
    • It fails to prevent new "paid prioritization" schemes planned by industry. We can't let AT&T and Comcast charge steep tolls to speed up the sites and services of a few media giants while slowing down everyone else.
    • It fails to close massive loopholes. The FCC can't let Verizon build a new "private Internet" under the guise of "specialized services" that would stifle competition and innovation.
    • It fails to restore the FCC's authority, which was stripped away during a Bush-era frenzy of deregulation. If the FCC doesn't "reclassify" its broadband authority under Title II of the Communications Act, it risks making Net Neutrality rules that will be tossed out in court right away.

Commissioner Clyburn is a longstanding champion of real Net Neutrality. If she knows you've got her back, she can toughen up the language of Genachowski's plan.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good