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The Fate of Net Neutrality Hinges on the House

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Mary Alice sets national field strategy, runs campaigns, supervises organizers and participates in ongoing policy initiatives through organizing and public-education activities. She has extensive experience running national conferences, local events, online trainings and webinars. She chairs the board of Northampton Community Television. When Mary Alice isn’t working she’s likely taking on one of her hobbies: softball, volleyball, playing with her dog, gardening, community herbalism and brewing.

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  • On May 16, the Senate passed the Congressional Review Act resolution to restore Net Neutrality.

    This monumental victory would not have been possible without tens of thousands of activists who rallied outside their senators’ offices and made calls to their lawmakers for months.

    But to officially save the internet we have to get the House of Representatives on board.

    This summer we need to convince several important representatives to support Net Neutrality and the CRA. You can play a key role in that process by joining a group of Net Neutrality champions who will work together to get the votes we need in the House.

    This fight is crucial because restoring the Title II Net Neutrality rules is about preserving civil rights online. Thanks to the open internet, people who are often ignored or stereotyped by mainstream media can tell their own stories and build community.

    Former Verizon lawyer and current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his fat-cat friends at AT&T, Comcast and Verizon thought no one would be able to do anything about their Net Neutrality repeal. Now they’re panicking: They're pouring tons of money into this fight so they can lock down our internet and control our rights to connect and communicate.

    Here’s the thing: The people, united, will never be defeated — and our win in the Senate is proof of that.

    Here are six ways you can convince your representative to save Net Neutrality:

    1. Call your rep and urge them to support the CRA resolution to restore Net Neutrality. This easy-to-use call tool will connect you directly.

    2. Connect with other Net Neutrality activists by volunteering for the Team Internet text team. Team Internet is a grassroots campaign run by Free Press Action Fund, Demand Progress and Fight for the Future. Peer-to-peer texting is a fun and easy way to mobilize fellow activists and have an impact right from the comfort of your own home.

    3. Join the Net Neutrality Drop-in Day of Action on May 31. Congress is on recess from May 29–June 1, which makes this a perfect time to stop by your rep’s local office to talk with them about Net Neutrality. Speaking to your lawmaker or their legislative aides is one of the most impactful things you can do to build support for the CRA. You can either schedule a visit or just drop in. This guide has all the info you need to make your visit a success.

    Can’t make it on May 31? No problem! Just go another day that week.

    4. Sign up to join Net Neutrality champions who will work together to get the votes we need in the House this summer. There are a lot of things you can do in this campaign from talking to your rep at a town hall to getting local businesses to support the CRA to giving presentations to local organizations.

    Tell us you’re interested; then we’ll connect you with an action guide and a coach who will support you through the process. This is a great way to build relationships with other people who care about Net Neutrality.

    5. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Members of Congress and their staff regularly read the letters section to keep the pulse of their constituents’ opinions. This is a great way to reach them — and educate other readers about the issue. Here’s a guide to get you started. After you submit your letter send it to us at info@freepress.net.

    6. Engage your networks on social media by sharing this image.

    Don’t see what you want to do on this list? No problem! Write to us at info@freepress.net. We’ll do our best to support your organizing efforts for Net Neutrality this summer.

  • Mary Alice Crim joins The Great Battlefield to discuss her work as the field director of Free Press — an advocacy group that closely monitors the media landscape.

  • Open-internet advocates participated in planned protests on Thursday at congressional offices and more than 700 Verizon stores in all 50 states, plus D.C.

  • Protesters demonstrated outside Verizon stores and congressional offices from coast to coast on Thursday to rally against the Trump administration’s plans to end Net Neutrality.