In the wake of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules last December that prevent internet providers from blocking and slowing traffic, the public backlash was swift and intense, with thousands taking to the streets and millions contacting their lawmakers. In the nine months since, the outrage has yet to diminish. As the midterm elections near, constituents are pressing their lawmakers in-person to reinstate strong open internet rules critical to their communities’ economies, free speech, and the ability to access crucial online services.
In an effort to ensure House Representatives hear directly from their constituents about this issue—instead of just ISP lobbyists—digital rights advocacy groups Fight for the Future and Demand Progress have helped organize these meetings with the help of activists and partners.
In key Republican congressional districts across the country, constituents are meeting with their representatives and staff, urging them to sign the CRA discharge petition to restore net neutrality.