Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings

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Outrage! FCC Official Says a million people commenting will not make much difference.

Join us in Urging Regional Hearings of the Commissioners throughout the Country

Call for Regional Hearings on Net Neutrality

To the FCC Commissioners

It has been more than five years since all five FCC commissioners left Washington, D.C., in an official capacity to hear how the agency’s policies affect real people. The public is invested in the future of the Open Internet where there is equal access for all and no discrimination. The American public wants to have a voice in this debate. The public has provided more than one million comments, a record number of public comments, on the Open Internet rulemaking and prior to the rulemaking more than 3 million took action for Net Neutrality. The FCC was unable to handle all the phone calls it received from the public and the comments on the rulemaking crashed the FCC's system. Reclassification of the Internet so it is a public utility where there can be no discrimination is an issue where the public wants to be heard.

Give the public a real opportunity to meet with you face to face. Please schedule meetings in communities throughout the country before you vote on this plan.

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More than a million people have spoken out in favor of real Net Neutrality in public comments. More than 3.4 million took some kind of action urging Net Neutrality before the rulemaking began. This has been the biggest public response the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter … but is the FCC listening? Will the voices of a million people make a difference?FCC People's Firewall Occupy FCC speaking at net neutrality rally

Sadly, a top official at the FCC, Gigi Sohn, told NPR: “A lot of these comments are one paragraph, two paragraphs, they don’t have much substance beyond, ‘we want strong Net Neutrality.” So, 1,067,779 people commenting will not make much difference.  It is a very sad commentary on democracy in the United States and on the FCC.

We have always known that, so we occupied the FCC, interrupted their meetings, protested outside of it and supported other protests – and we know that is not enough. The FCC received so many phone calls and comments that their system could not handle it.

Our protests forced the FCC to listen and include our proposal for the Internet being reclassified as a public utility in their rulemaking. But, to win we need to build a mass movement that cannot be ignored, that balances the influence of big corporations like Comcast and Verizon.FCC KZ speaks as police pull on him

Our next step is to demand that the FCC commissioners come out of their federal building that is infected with corporate lobbyists and actually listen to the people. How do they do that? They hold hearings around the country where people have an opportunity to fully talk to the commissioners.

It’s been more than five years since all five FCC commissioners left Washington to meet with the public in an official capacity. Net Neutrality is the hottest issue the agency has dealt with in almost a decade. People like you and me have a lot to say about the open Internet and the FCC needs to hear it.

Join us in calling the FCC to hold hearings outside of Washington, DC where they hear from the people.

FCC Chairman Wheeler meets with Internet start-ups on July 2, 2014 SF, CAFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has held closed door meetings with Internet venture capitalists, with corporations and with people in Silicon Valley.  In the one public event he has participated in he dodged questions, told people they were making assumptions about his plan and used technical jargon to avoid answering people’s concerns for real net neutrality. The event, organized by the Media Literacy Project in New Mexico, drew hundreds of people who told Wheeler they want the Internet to be a public utility where there is equal access for all.

Tom Wheeler has been saying many of the right things, but his proposal does the opposite of his rhetoric. We’ve been asking whether or not Tom Wheeler gets it or is he intentionally trying to mislead the public. Public hearings will help push Wheeler to listen to people who explain how his proposal will break the Internet.

All of the commissioners need to hear from the people and take our views seriously. One way to do that is for the FCC Commission to hold hearings across the country where people can speak face-to-face with the commission.

Join us in telling the FCC to hold hearings because they have a responsibility to listen to us on an issue which is of the utmost importance. 

FCC protest DC Media GroupThe movement for reclassification of the Internet as a public utility where there can be no discrimination is rapidly growing. Public outcry is putting pressure on the FCC. We need to keep growing so the people cannot be ignored. Net neutrality groups have staged rallies, musicals and even camped outside the agency’s doors. Congress is even starting to speak out with thirteen senators and 37 members of the House calling on the FCC to reclassify broadband and protect Net Neutrality. This week hundreds gathered outside fundraisers President Obama held in California to remind him of his commitment to the open Internet.

The public has a lot to say about this Net Neutrality which has become the biggest issue ever considered by the FCC.

Join us in demanding that the FCC hold hearings to listen to the people.

Kevin Zeese, JD and Margaret Flowers, MD are organizers of PopularResistance.org; they co-direct It’s Our Economy and co-host Clearing the FOG. Their twitters are @KBZeese and MFlowers8.

  • http://media-monitors.blogspot.com/ Public Takeover

    There is a mass movement, potentially, of people who a) Know what the FCC is and what they do; b) Understand something about Net Neutrality, and the difference between a private monopoly and a public utility; and c) are willing to talk to our friends, neighbors, and representatives about our demands for public utilities that serve the public interest.

    It would be great if we had a community organizer in the White House.

    • Donald J. Ludwig

      We have a community organizer, but the “community” he and his minions support is composed ONLY of the “ONE%” fraternity . And, all the citizenry hears is a very disparate, disorganized and muffled; – ” the british are coming, the british are coming ” . SHhhhh, not so loud, don’t wanna’ hurt anybody’s feelings ! Remember, – “they” – got all the money ! SHhhhh ! – When a nation abandons the “Rule Of Law”, as we most surely have, then there is certainly no hope for the powerless !!!. D.J. Ludwig, Citizen and Decorated War Veteran

  • West Winds

    Tom Wheeler is a disgrace! We are sick of corporate whores!
    We need to get him out of there permanently!

    • Donald J. Ludwig

      Preferably on a rail and coated with tar and feathers and a swine flu virus . – At the LEAST! D.J. Ludwig

      • West Winds

        Correct, DJL. Exactly! Absolutely sick of these sons of Hitler!

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  • PeaceDaisy

    ” Gigi Sohn, told NPR:
    “A lot of these comments are one paragraph, two paragraphs, they don’t
    have much substance beyond, ‘we want strong Net Neutrality.” So,
    1,067,779 people commenting will not make much difference. ”
    In following many extremely important issues I have concluded that officials will give any excuse to not do what the vast majority of people want. They know that our government has the power to do whatever the .001% want. This country is no longer ‘we,the people’s’ country.

    • Donald J. Ludwig

      Google “Who are the FCC Commissioners” and read their bios . Chgm TOM WHEELER is “MANAGEMENT” and a VENTURE CAPITALIST, ala Mitt Romney, Anti-People, “bad guy” BUSINESS SHILL . MIGNON CLYBURN owns and operates her family’s Charleston, SC weekly newspaper “The Coastal Times”. I would peg her “Pro-People”, a “good guy”. JESSICA ROSENWORCEL, an attorney in communications and the FCC all her adult life, “Pro-People”, a “good guy”. AGIT PAI an attorney and one time Assoc. General Council at VERIZON COMM. INC. a major driving force in this proposed INTERNET SWINDLE . “Anti-People”, a “bad guy” BUSINESS SHILL. MICHAEL O’RIELLY, Former Policy Advisor to Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, Arizona Republican Sen. John Kyl and initially worked for TURNCOAT, Democrat to Republican, Virginia U.S. Representative TOM BLILEY whose inturn was ERIC CANTOR . As Chgm. of the House Commerce Committee BLILEY was instrumental in allowing the HUGE CONSOLIDATION of MEDIA owned now by FIVE GIANTS, and the DEREGULATION of Wall Street . O’RIELLY is a HACK POLITICIAN, Anti-People, “bad guy” BUSINESS SHILL . – - If you want to know how some of the above folks, WHOM YOU NEVER HEARD OF, took away our DEMOCRACY with MEDIA CONSOLIDATION, Google “Columbia Journalism Review, Feb. 13, 2014, Essay by Michael J. Capps” former FCC Commissioner .

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  • nationof gandhis

    not to be too sardonic but investing/hedging on pitchforks…

  • leathersammie

    The FCC is being bought just like our crooked Congress.

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