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Monday, December 4, 2017

The end of net neutrality. U.S. SENATOR ED MARKEY.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is planning on handing his former employer (Verizon) and their fellow Internet Service Providers an incredible holiday gift.

An end to net neutrality protections.

The FCC will vote on December 14th on Chairman Pai's plan to repeal net neutrality protections. Pai is putting a few broadband barons that want to serve as all-powerful gatekeepers to the internet above the good of families, businesses, and consumers.

If you think that perhaps net neutrality doesn't affect you, let me assure you it does. Just think about some examples from the holiday season.

Did you shop online on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday? Did you make a contribution to a charity or other organization online on Giving Tuesday? If net neutrality disappears, ISPs could throttle your service, making those websites slower or even blocking them.

Families connecting with loved ones out-of-state or abroad over the holidays could have buffering times decided by a cable company.

The ramifications go far beyond the holiday season. Students downloading or viewing educational material could see longer wait times. Startups and small companies on the verge of major innovations may not be able to break through because they're too small to afford fast lanes for their content. The list goes on.

We cannot let go of this fight. Some may say the vote on December 14th is a foregone conclusion. I say that there is nothing we can't achieve if we create a large enough grassroots movement.

Help me bring a firestorm of grassroots pressure down on the FCC in support of net neutrality...

Thank you.

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