Target: Representative Doug Collins
Goal: Stop attempts to limit the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules.
Republicans in Congress are trying to repeal net neutrality by calling the bill the “Internet Freedom Act” to get people on board. This bill would strip the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of its ability to regulate net neutrality.
Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced the bill to Congress and has a slew of Republicans backing him. The resolution is being passed under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to fast-track review of the new regulations and vote to disapprove them. This also allows them to bypass Democrats in the Senate for approval.
Collins argues that the FCC has too much power towards net neutrality and that it would discourage internet service providers from investing in their networks. While this is a valid concern, it does not supersede the fact that this bill will remove the protections of keeping the Internet open, such as prohibiting Internet service providers from slowing, blocking, or selling content to consumers.
President Obama has voiced in the past the need for a free and open Internet and will most likely veto the bill if it manages to reach his desk. Despite this reassurance, people need to speak up and let these representatives know that repealing net neutrality is wrong and that we will not tolerate attempts to change this. Tell Representative Collins that repealing net neutrality is wrong and by signing the petition below.
Dear Representative Doug Collins,
Your recent attempt to repeal net neutrality by limiting the FCC’s regulations is very troubling. The Internet needs to remain free and open to all.
Although you’re using the Congressional Review Act to bypass Democrats in the Senate, your bill will most likely be vetoed by President Obama. Despite this reassurance, I would like to express my opinion over keeping the Internet open. Your concern that it might hinder investors in expanded networks does not outweigh the great need for net neutrality rules.
We need these tough rules to protect net neutrality. Stripping the FCC of its power to regulate net neutrality would be a grave mistake. We have fought for decades to preserve a free Internet and without these regulations, internet service providers can discriminate against users by blocking or slowing their content.
Trying to repeal these regulations would be harmful to anyone who believes in freedom of speech. We need a fair and even playing field for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and anyone trying to use the Internet to reach their audience. I urge you to stop attempting to take this away and keep the Internet free and open to all.
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