Call Of The Day: Fight The Rollback Of Net Neutrality Protections

On December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse 2015 regulations established to protect net neutrality. Net neutrality lets all users have equal access to all internet content and prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminating against content, such as charging extra for high-speed access to specific websites or blocking access to certain sites altogether. Everyone benefits from net neutrality, and the FCC's rollback of net neutrality protections should be a cause for alarm on both sides of the aisle.

Fortunately, Congress has the opportunity to undo this misguided action through something called the Congressional Review Act. The CRA allows Congress to reverse regulatory actions within 60 legislative days of their enactment. Congress must act quickly to reverse the FCC's decision and preserve a free and open internet for all.

17 State Attorneys General have also launched a legal challenge of the FCC decision. These include CA, DE, HI, IL, IA, KY, ME, MD, MA, MS, NY, NC, OR, PA, VT, VA, and WA.

Who To Call:  Representative Richmond or Scalise, and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative.  If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
OR
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry - in Baton Rouge at (225) 326-6000

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I’m an active voter from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from]. 

[CONGRESS]: I'm calling to express my strong disapproval of the FCC's move to roll back the 2015 net neutrality protections. I ask that Representative [Richmond/Scalise] immediately work to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse this decision and preserve a free, open Internet that's equally accessible to all.

[STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL]: I'm calling to express my strong disapproval of the FCC's move to roll back the 2015 net neutrality protections, and I ask that the Attorney General challenge the legality of the decision and ensure that consumers will be protected from harmful practices of internet service providers.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Adapted from 5calls.org.