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An Internet slow lane sneak attack

Posted by Josh Tabish on Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:49

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In February 2015, after a massive, year-long process, the U.S. Federal Communication Commission voted to protect Net Neutrality by introducing strong open Internet rules, rules Americans from all political stripes supported. 

But now Big Telecom’s bought-and-paid-for lackeys in Congress have buried dangerous loopholes into a bill that could destroy the government’s historic ban on Internet slow lanes.

What’s worse: this bill has nothing to do with the open Internet. It is the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill – Republican's budget proposal that could prohibit the FCC from implementing these net neutrality rules. 

This is nothing less than a sneak attack on the open Internet. Send Congress a message using this tool built by our partners at CREDO.

The good news is a pro-Internet hero, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) has introduced a crucial amendment that could get rid of these dangerous loopholes and save the open Internet if passed. 

But Rep. Serrano’s amendment will only work if it has support from Congress. 

Millions of people around the world spoke out to demand our open Internet rules – and, if passed, this bill would prevent their effective enforcement, and paralyze the agency in charge with years of delays. We worked together for over a year to make sure the key decision-makers at the FCC passed the strongest, most enforceable regulations possible. We can’t lose everything we worked so hard for now.

If we don’t act now, this sneak attack could take away the protections we fought so hard to win – rules that prevent these giants from becoming gatekeepers of the Internet.

That's why we need to urge members of Congress to support Rep. Serrano's amendment and the removal of these provisions. Tell your representative to stop this sneak attack on the open Internet NOW, or Big Telecom giants could gain the power to force our favorite websites into a slow lane online.

We will not tolerate any attacks on the open Internet! Speak out now at http://act.credoaction.com/sign/net_neutrality_appropriations_openmedia/