Tell Black members of Congress: stop attacking Internet freedom

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    Tell Black members of Congress: stop attacking Internet freedom

    Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus are again helping big telecom companies like Comcast and AT&T attack one of the most significant civil rights victories of the decade - Net Neutrality. Having taken thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the telecom industry, these members are doing the bidding of big phone and cable companies at the expense of our free and open Internet. If enough of us speak out, we can make sure that all Black representatives know that our communities want them to protect Internet freedom.

    Join us in calling out the Black members of Congress doing big telecom’s dirty work, and demand they protect the Net Neutrality.

    Here is the letter we'll send to the CBC members who are planning to vote in favor of the provisions that would gut the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality. You can add a personal comment using the box provided.

    Dear Representative,

    Net neutrality has made the Internet a level playing field for all voices, allowing Black bloggers, activists, and entrepreneurs to flourish online despite being blocked out of ownership and participation in traditional media. Black communities benefit greatly from a free and open Internet, and it is imperative that it stays that way.

    The appropriations bill should not be used as a sneak attack on the FCC or the open Internet. Using the appropriations process to undermine the federal rule-making process is undemocratic and sets a dangerous precedent of Congressional overreach.

    By supporting any attempt to restrict the FCC’s ability to interpret, implement or enforce Net Neutrality rules, you are threatening the Internet as we know it. You have taken thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the telecom industry, and now you are putting the telecom lobby's agenda above the interests of your constituents and of Black America. Your actions threaten both the Black voice in national and international discourse, and the moral authority of the Congressional Black Caucus as an advocate for Black America.

    We demand that you stop doing the telecom industry’s dirty work, and support this crucial civil rights rule.

    Sincerely,

    Hugh

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