Overwhelming Support for Net Neutrality on Eve of FCC Meeting

Support for Net Neutrality is streaming in faster than we can say “Julius Genachowski.”

Throughout the day, the FCC has been receiving letter after letter from public interest groups urging Chairman Genachowski to stand firm in his pledge to fight for strong Net Neutrality rules tomorrow. The commission is expected to announce a notice of proposed rulemaking on Net Neutrality, the first step in the regulatory process toward safeguarding an open Internet.

The letters, representing a wide sector of the public across the country, are from ColorofChange.org, the National Organization for Women, the Media Alliance, Native Public Media, the Future of Music Coalition, the Alliance for Community Media, the Mountain Area Information Network, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition also sent letters expressing support for a Net Neutrality rule directly to members of Congress.

Public Knowledge assembled an impressive list of nearly 30 consumer organizations to encourage Genachowski to protect a neutral Net. The list includes the American Library Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, the Consumer Federation of America, the United Church of Christ, U.S. PIRG and Writers Guild of America, West.

Additionally, 40 local civil rights groups joined the Media and Democracy Coalition in signing a letter of support for Net Neutrality. And more than 30 journalists have signed their own letter to the FCC, calling on the agency to safeguard the open Internet.

Earlier this week and last, a coalition of top tech companies and a group of Internet pioneers penned letters to the FCC, advising the commission to adopt a Net Neutrality rule.

And over the last two days, more than 20,000 people have urged the FCC to act in the public interest, and decried the dozens of members of Congress who came out to oppose the FCC's efforts to protect Net Neutrality.

When it comes to protecting the open Internet, the public has spoken, voicing overwhelming support for Net Neutrality. With more than 1.6 million Americans and more than 850 organizations on record for Net Neutrality, the FCC should feel emboldened to move forward with a strong Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

The overwhelming message to the FCC tomorrow: We have your back. Make Net Neutrality the rule of the road. Protect the open Internet that is so vital to our future.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good