1. Maintaining net neutrality and the open internet is an ongoing battle with the FCC. Currently, ISP’s (internet service providers like Time-Warner and Comcast) are not allowed to manipulate speed and pricing to favor certain businesses and content over others. For small businesses and startups, net neutrality is the open playing field they need to break through bigger companies. For low-income people and rural Americans, net neutrality gives reasonably-cheap, reasonably-fast internet. Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai has “pledged to roll back these net neutrality protections with a softer Title I classification and will allow ISPs to instead make voluntary, unenforceable commitments that they will maintain the open Internet” (source: 5calls.org). Contact Pai, Goodlatte, Kaine, and Warner and tell them that we will not let ISP’s run the internet like bullies on a playground.
- Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manassas 703–361–3192, Roanoke 540–682–5693, Virginia Beach 757–518–1674, Richmond 804–771–2221, Abingdon 276–525–4790, Danville 434-792–0976, and his contact form is here
- Warner: Washington DC 202-224-2023, Roanoke 540-857-2676, Abingdon 276-628-8158, Norfolk 757-441-3079, Richmond 804-775-2314, Vienna 703-442-0670. His “Submit Comment” form is here
- Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here
- FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: 202-418-1000 (sorry about the lack of email addresses! We couldn’t find them)
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a concerned customer of [your internet service provider] in Staunton, Virginia. I am contacting you to say how much I disapprove of the FCC’s attempts to kill net neutrality and replace it with softer Title I regulations. Preserving the open internet is important to me as a customer and a voter. Please act to preserve net neutrality under strong Title II regulations. Thank you.”
1a. Additionally, you can read more about net neutrality here and follow this link to file a comment with the FCC in support of it.
2. We need to keep pushing for a formal investigation into Niger. Tell Kaine, Warner, and Goodlatte to call loud and clear for a proper investigation into the mishandling of information that led to the deaths of these soldiers in Niger. [contact information for our MoC’s above]
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______ and my zip code is _______. I am horrified to learn about the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger, not to mention President Trump’s botching of the call to the families and failure to mention anything about them until prodded by the press. I believe he failed to mention it because he and his administration mishandled information and sent them into a dangerous situation without support. These deaths deserve the same level of investigation to figure out who is at fault as the overblown Benghazi hearings. I urge [NAME] to call loud and clear for an investigation into the events in Niger. Thank you.”
3. EVENT: Do your job, Bob! — Come protest outside Bob Goodlatte’s Staunton office this Friday from 10am-noon. Bring your posters and your resistance spirit!