Target: Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
Goal: Do not dismantle net neutrality, denying millions of Americans equal access to internet content.
Net neutrality rules are already being dismantled by Trump’s pick to be the new head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Net neutrality regulations are in place to ensure that equal access to the content and information on the internet is available to all American citizens.
In his first week heading the FCC, Chairman Ajit Pai has already made several moves to roll back these consumer protections. He has prevented nine companies from offering discounted high-speed internet to low-income individuals, acted in favor of higher prison phone rates, and axed a proposal to break open the cable box market. Now, he is trying to undo the classification of broadband as a utility service, like telephones and electricity, that citizens can rightfully expect access to.
Most concerning of all is the secrecy surrounding these moves, which initially were not publicly announced and could only be found deep in the agency’s website. It is clear that, as Congressional Representative Anna G. Eshoo states, Mr. Pai “is not on the side of consumers and the public interest.” Sign below to demand that the FCC do what is best for American citizens instead of big companies, and defend net neutrality, not dismantle it.
Dear Chairman Pai,
As head of the Federal Communications Commission, you have a duty to serve America, and that means acting in the best interest of the American people. Equal access to internet content and to broadband is a necessity to life in this country, and must be maintained.
Net neutrality rules are in place to protect American citizens, and to dismantle them is extremely dangerous for a country that needs to stay connected and informed in order to maintain our place in the world. Additionally, the courts have upheld the reclassification of broadband as a utility. The FCC should be working to lessen the digital divide, not widen the gap. I urge you to respect the needs of American citizens and the necessity of net neutrality, and to preserve those regulations instead of dismantling them.
[Your Name Here]
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