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Five Republicans have opposed the FCC’s plan. We need to convince the rest of them.

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Five Republicans have opposed the FCC’s plan. We need to convince the rest of them.

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  1. Ladderjack

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    This was all a setup. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) just announced he is in favor of passing a law to protect Network Neutrality. John Thune chairs the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which controls the FCC and has a hand in laws controlling telecoms that are put before Congress. I would bet my shoes that the law that goes before Congress was penned with the help of Verizon and AT&T lawyers as early as February. It will contain the changes to NN that the ISPs actually expect, ~~probably specifically targeting piracy~~ whatever that may be. They’ll get the changes they want via political theatre and look like fucking heroes doing it.

    EDIT: Forgot to link to evidence.

    [Ars Technica](https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/op-ed-protect-the-open-internet-with-a-bipartisan-law/)

    [The Verge](https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/12/16767244/john-thune-asks-for-work-on-net-neutrality-legislation)

    [The Hill](https://www.google.com/amp/thehill.com/policy/technology/341605-senate-republican-we-need-bipartisan-net-neutrality-legislation%3famp)

    EDIT2: Other redditors have made a solid case for the motive probably not being privacy specifically.

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  2. Elfhoe

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I wrote my piece of shit rep but his theory is that he doesnt think isp’s would abuse the power because ‘competition’ so why have a regulation to ensure they dont?

    Needless to say i will not be voting for him next year.

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  3. MGSGreyF0x

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Simple.

    Hey [Insert politician’s name here]. If you vote to kill Net Neutrality, I will not vote for you again.

    If everyone shares this thought, echo it. If everyone does this and follows through, they’ll either change their stance on the subject, or get the boot.

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  4. _beaver_

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    # How to Observe the FCC’s Open Meeting on December 14th
    If you want to [observe the Open Meeting](http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db1212/DA-17-1197A1.pdf), here’s how you can do it:

    * Attend in person at FCC HQ. You must present valid photo ID to receive a visitor pass, and you cannot enter the meeting room before 10:00am. Signs smaller than 11″x17″ are allowed as long as you don’t obstruct views.
    * You can watch live at [https://www.fcc.gov/live](https://www.fcc.gov/live).
    * You can watch a recording on the [FCC website](https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2017/12/december-2017-open-commission-meeting).
    * You can follow #OpenMtgFCC on social media.

    If you cause a scene or disruption, you will be asked to leave the building. If you don’t leave voluntarily, then you will be escorted from the premises.

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  5. whitamus

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I had a professor in college who told us that big companies, like ISPs, love regulation more than we think because they have the money to influence how it is written. He said that we think we are winning when we get laws/regulations passed but in reality corporate america has so much power that if they didn’t want these things passed then it wouldn’t happen. It’s all smoke and mirrors. The head of the FCC is told to be the “bad cop” in this situation so congress, who has already been bought and paid for, can show up and be the “good cop” passing regulations the ISPs already wrote. I think congress will pass a net neutrality bill and it will have a great name to think we won the war but hidden in the 500+ pages will be everything the ISPs wanted from the start.

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  6. DZShizzam

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    We need a fucking constitutional amendment to protect this. I’m sick of hearing it threatened every other year.

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  7. juandonde

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Well, we have one less to worry about today atleast…

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  8. dude0413

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Idk if the five were paid, but I highly doubt any of the other ones who were paid in the hundreds of thousands will switch because “the people wanted it”. Money > people for them.

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  9. mors_videt

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    To paraphrase whoever, it’s difficult to convince a person of something when their livelihood requires believing otherwise.

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  10. juicemia

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    At what point are we just going to take this into our own hands?

    The technology should be able to prevent this from happening. We can’t keep relying on a broken system to protect us. It seems like we do this dance every other year.

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  11. NetNeutralityBot

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    [To learn about Net Neutrality, why it’s important, and/or want tools to help you fight for Net Neutrality, visit BattleForTheNet](https://www.battleforthenet.com)

    **Write the FCC members directly here (Fill their inbox)**

    Name|Email|Twitter|Title|Party
    :–|:–|:–|:–|:–
    Ajit Pai|Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov|[@AjitPaiFCC](https://twitter.com/ajitpaifcc)|Chairman|R
    Michael O’Rielly|Mike.ORielly@fcc.gov|[@MikeOFCC](https://twitter.com/mikeofcc)|Commissioner|R
    Brendan Carr|Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov|[@BrendanCarrFCC](https://twitter.com/brendancarrfcc)|Commissioner|R
    Mignon Clyburn|Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov|[@MClyburnFCC](https://twitter.com/mclyburnfcc)|Commissioner|D
    Jessica Rosenworcel|Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov|[@JRosenworcel](https://twitter.com/JRosenworcel)|Commissioner|D

    [Write to the FCC here](https://www.fcc.gov/about/contact)

    Write to your [House Representative here](http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/) and [Senators here](https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state)

    Add a comment to the repeal [here](https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108&sort=date_disseminated,DESC) (and [here’s](http://www.gofccyourself.com) an easier URL you can use thanks to John Oliver)

    [You can also use this to help you contact your house and congressional reps.](https://resistbot.io/) It’s easy to use and cuts down on the transaction costs with writing a letter to your reps

    [Whitehouse.gov petition here](https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-repeal-net-neutrality)

    You can support groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU and Free Press who are fighting to keep Net Neutrality:

    * https://www.eff.org/
    * https://www.aclu.org/
    * https://www.freepress.net/
    * https://www.fightforthefuture.org/
    * https://www.publicknowledge.org/
    * https://www.demandprogress.org/

    [Set them as your charity on Amazon Smile here](https://smile.amazon.com/)

    [Also check this out](https://democracy.io/#!/), which was made by the EFF and is a low transaction cost tool for writing all your reps in one fell swoop.

    [International Petition here](https://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home)

    Most importantly, ***VOTE***. This should not be something that is so clearly split between the political parties as it affects all Americans, but unfortunately it is.

    -/u/NetNeutralityBot

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  12. manoncannon

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Anyone know a parent or grandparent that guilt trips really well? Get them to call the senators

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  13. Heterospecial

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Just read an article from fortune that basically said, if you like football you should be against net neutrality because a 300 millisecond lag on a critical play could mean you miss out on the action. I was blown away. Anyone who’s interested

    [nonsense words](https://www.google.com/amp/amp.timeinc.net/fortune/2017/12/11/fcc-net-neutrality-repeal)

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  14. NJBarFly

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Need to convince Republicans? Just remind them that Comcast is the parent company of MSNBC. Do they want Comcast deciding what content and websites they view?

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  15. Lemmetellusumthin

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I’m not sure “convince” is the right word for what actually needs to be done here.

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  16. joeyoungblood

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I guess im protesting today, HostGator took my site offline and hasn’t replied to tickets in 14 hours.

    Edit: 22 hours, site is still down.

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  17. ComboBreakerrr

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Lee Zeldin emailed me that he is against the FCCs plan… So six?

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  18. lightknight7777

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Ugh, that’s a lot of scrolling in the “not yet opposed” category.

    I reached out to my representatives last week. While Bill Nelson was very quick to respond with support of Net Neutrality. Marco Rubio has yet to respond even though his email said I should expect one shortly. My guess is Marco isn’t interested in championing his constituents. I will genuinely remember this in the next election cycle.

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  19. popecollision

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Nebraska abbreviated is not NB

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  20. Szos

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    If a handful of Republicans decide to go against their party and join the Democrats in supporting NN that would be great, but let’s not forget that the GOP is overwhelmingly pushing to kill off NN and sell us out to big business. Their entire political platform is to screw over the common man all so billionaires and big companies can screw us over.

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  21. Scytle

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    A way I prefer to convince politicians that I don’t like what they are doing is to call them up and tell them that I will vote against them if they don’t do what I tell them. If they are in other states I tell them I will donate to their opponents in the next election.

    Then when there is an election If they didn’t do what I want I vote against them and call them up and tell them I voted against them.

    I think this tactic will work even better if we all do it.

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  22. jordanlund

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    You only have to convince one of the three Republicans on the FCC board. I don’t know why Reddit doesn’t get this.

    #CONGRESS IS NOT VOTING ON NET NEUTRALITY.

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  23. loondawg

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    >We need to convince the rest of them.

    How much cash do you have?

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  24. Uncle_Paul_Hargis

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I emailed my congressman and got a very long canned response about undoing Obama regulations.

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  25. manuscelerdei

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Yeah if someone could come forward and credibly accuse Ajit Pai of sexual misconduct… that’d be great.

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  26. heavy_on_the_lettuce

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Republicans already proposed [legislation in 2014](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2014/12/19/congress-wants-to-legislate-net-neutrality-heres-what-that-might-look-like/?utm_term=.7118a302b593) that was potentially better than the Title II classification we’re talking about today, but then President Obama didn’t support it.

    What consumers (Reddit) really want are guarantees against fast lanes and bundling. What the ISPs want is to be able to charge Netflix additional services fees for the amount of bandwidth they use.

    If you want to flip Republicans, tell them to bring back the 2014 proposal. Republicans in Congress need a big win. If they could enshrine the toughest net neutrality protections into law, while also seemingly “deregulating the internet” by removing Title II, it would be huge for them.

    In order to win the public though, they have to delay the FCC’s ruling.

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  27. jtsintegra

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    So does this mean the bill will pass and save the internet?

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  28. frostyfrosty1337

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    After a good 15 minutes of scrolling thru Republicans vs Democrats (like children playing boys vs girls). It’s good to see a post that’s regarding actual freedom.

    Many people seem to only care who’s in office throwing around words like ‘1984’ or ‘oppression’. But now that net neutrality is being threatened — which is anti first amendment — those same people don’t care. In the eye’s of /r/politics, I bet if trump was democratic, they’d be defending everything he’s doing. Dumb sheep.

    None the less. Congratulations to these 5 republicans for not being sheep to their party and realizing that NN is actually pro first-amendment.

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  29. maralieus

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    So you mean we need to pool our money together to pay them more than they do?

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  30. personalcheesecake

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    https://i.imgur.com/F1Z5487.jpg

    They voted for this, not sure how far it will go…

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  31. Zaptruder

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    You mean the 5 republicans that picked the short straws to make it look like the republican party aren’t a party of straight shills?

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  32. armedohiocitizen

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    If Twitter and Google support nn then I’m suspicious it’s good.

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  33. cdnets

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Hopefully Doug Jones winning sends a message to republican leadership that they can’t keep passing unpopular bullshit and not have their fanbase notice

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  34. Anonymous

    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

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