Sept 26-27: The Internet Descends On Washington. DC
The FCC is set on killing net neutrality. But Congress is key. They can stop the FCC and block the bigger threat: ISP-backed bills that would end net neutrality forever. We’re organizing Internet users to meet with members of Congress—in DC, or locally—and we’re helping to cover travel costs. Are you in?
On September 26-27 Internet users from across the country will converge on Washington, DC to meet directly with their members of Congress, which is by far the most effective way to influence their positions and counter the power of telecom lobbyists and campaign contributions. First you can attend a training hosted by Public Knowledge who will share years of experience on how to be effective in these meetings. Participants will be paired with a guide to show you where to go on Capitol Hill to participate in meetings with key lawmakers. If you can’t make it to DC, join us by getting involved locally.
How to get there:
There are limited travel stipends available for people who want to come to DC to meet with legislators but need support with a plane or train ticket. Apply here. If enough people sign up in certain metro areas, we will charter buses to transport everyone for free or a small donation. If you’re driving or looking for a ride, check the carpool forum.
Where to stay:
We recommend booking a hotel or AirBnB as soon as possible. If you can’t afford one, let us know. There are a limited number of spots available for those traveling from outside of DC to participate. Again, if you can’t make it to DC, there are important ways to get involved locally.
Net neutrality is the basic principle that has made the Internet into what it is today. It protects free expression and innovation by preventing ISPs like Verizon and AT&T, from controlling what we can see and do online. This means telecoms can’t charge extra fees to access content, slow down apps and services, or engage in censorship. Right now, the FCC is rushing to dismantle Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality, and lawmakers who take big money from telecom companies are pushing to pass legislation that would permanently undermine the free and open web. The only thing that can stop them is a coordinated grassroots effort of constituents directly pressuring our members of Congress, who have the power to stop the FCC and vote down bad legislation.
Join us in Washington, DC for a rally at the FCC on September 26
and meetings with lawmakers on September 27.