Stop the Secrecy

OpenMedia takes your voices to the FCC in Sacramento

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:45 -- Eva Prkachin

OpenMedia partnered with Big Telecom -vs- The World allies at RootsAction, Credo, and DailyKos today to deliver over 400,000 petition signatures and comments against the Internet slow lane to decision-makers. This would never have happened without our community’s relentless pressure and generous support.

The petition delivery took place in Sacramento, California, at an official forum organized by Congresswoman Doris Matsui, known for her outspoken defense of Net Neutrality. Rep. Matsui’s forum was attended by FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.

RootsAction team member Karen Bernal delivering your voices directly to FCC decision-makers on the ground in Sacramento, California (photo: RootsAction)

I’m happy to report that your voices were heard loud and clear! Commissioner Rosenworcel released a strong statement today supporting everything we’ve been working on together:

“I support network neutrality. I believe the FCC must find a way to put open Internet policies back in place. We cannot have a two-tiered Internet with fast lanes that speed the traffic of the privileged and leave the rest of us lagging behind.”

The event marked a key shift in FCC activity as decision-makers leave the toxic stew of Big Telecom lobbying in Washington, D.C. to hit the road and hear from regular citizens and Internet users.

Rep. Doris Matsui

Net Neutrality defender Rep. Doris Matsui with the over 400,000 voices delivered (photo: RootsAction)

In fact, Rosenworcel even mentioned in her statement “that Chairman Wheeler has recently acknowledged that all options, including Title II, are on the table. As we proceed, we must also be mindful that more than 3.7 million people have written the agency to express their opinion. Openness and transparency matter too...I wish all of my colleagues were here—and that the FCC would hold discussions like this with every Commissioner present in communities all across the country.

The house was packed with Net Neutrality supporters, all hungry for the chance to speak their mind to the FCC commissioners--the very people with the power to stop Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane in its tracks.

Net Neutrality Supporters

Net Neutrality supporters packed the room to speak out against Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plans (photo: RootsAction)

Once again, today’s positive news couldn’t have happened without the tireless work of our OpenMedia community and campaign partners. That means you! Thank you for being part of something big!

Remember - you can add your voice against the Internet slow lane here:

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