They’re at it again. With the FCC just 24 hours away from passing real Net Neutrality rules, things are getting even uglier in Congress.
A few weeks ago we told you that Sen. John Thune and Rep. Fred Upton are pushing fake Net Neutrality legislation — dubbed, nefariously enough, “Title X” — at the behest of Comcast and the other big ISPs.
Today, the day before the FCC’s vote, Upton is holding another hearing in support of this cynical ploy, and to try to intimidate the FCC out of listening to the millions of people who’ve called for Net Neutrality.
It’s easy to see what’s going on here: Nearly every last person and organization that’s backing the Thune-Upton proposal has historically OPPOSED Net Neutrality. Now they’re making a back-handed attempt to gut the FCC’s authority to implement meaningful rules.
As the key Congressional committees held a first round of hearings a few weeks ago, you bombarded the members’ offices with tens of thousands of calls — and that seems to have brushed back potential supporters from signing on.
But it’s not a done deal yet, and we need to shut this thing down before it moves an inch.
While the Thune-Upton bill is disguised as Net Neutrality legislation, it would actually just protect the phone and cable broadband duopoly from oversight. It legalizes a lot of harmful discriminatory practices by preventing the FCC from moving on its own to adopt and enforce rules.
We need to keep ensuring that this proposed legislation is exposed for what it is: a cynical cable-lobby effort to prevent the FCC keeping the Internet open and nondiscriminatory.
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