Tell 20 turncoat Democrats: "Shame on you!"

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20 turncoat Democrats sold us out to AT&T, Verizon and Comcast

The petition to the 20 turncoat Democrats reads:
"Shame on you for selling us out to AT&T, Comcast and Verizon by signing your name to an industry-backed letter urging the FCC to kill Net Neutrality."

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Dear 5849376,

20 turncoat Democrats sold us out! Click here to take action.

20 turncoat Democrats sold us out to AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

Infuriatingly, they signed an industry-backed letter telling the FCC not to re-regulate broadband Internet as a public utility.1

If the FCC listens to these turncoat Democrats and fails to treat broadband as a utility, what we'll end up with is nothing short of the corporate takeover of the Internet and an end to Net Neutrality. This is unacceptable.

Click here to automatically sign our petition to the 20 turncoat Democrats telling them that you deeply object to their decision to side with the wealthy telecommunications corporations over Internet users.

This letter these Democrats signed was not simply a symbolic or empty gesture. Letters like this can have a profound impact.

In 2010, a similar letter signed by 74 House Democrats is widely understood to have played a big role in stopping the FCC from re-regulating broadband at that time and treating it like a vital public utility. Instead, we got weak rules that were recently struck down by a federal court.

While supporters of Net Neutrality can take some comfort in the greatly diminished numbers of turncoat Democrats, there is still no excuse for any of them to side with Big Telecom over American consumers.

We need to make sure they know that we are paying attention and will hold them accountable when they undermine Net Neutrality protections.

Click here to automatically sign our petition to the turncoat Democrats telling them that you deeply object to their decision to side with the wealthy telecommunications corporations over Internet users.

This comes down to is a principle known as "Net Neutrality."

Net Neutrality says that Internet users, not ISPs, should be in control. It ensures that Internet service providers can't speed up, slow down, or block web content based on its source, ownership, or destination.

Net Neutrality is important because the Internet is an essential service Americans rely on to conduct our most basic daily affairs, from applying for a job to finding a home, to running a small business. And our right to communicate freely and be heard lies at the heart of our ability to participate equally in our democracy.

A string of federal court cases has made it abundantly clear that the FCC has the power to enforce strong Net Neutrality rules, but only if the FCC goes through the process of undoing a terrible Bush-era decision to deregulate broadband instead of treating it like the vital public utility it has become.

Re-regulating (in FCC jargon, "reclassifying") broadband is the change we really need and is the only way to establish Net Neutrality regulations with teeth.

But rather than take that clear (and clearly legal) path of re-regulating broadband as a public utility, the 20 turncoat Democrats who signed the industry letter want the FCC to allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to divide the Internet into fast lanes for wealthy corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us. This would put the final nail in the coffin of Net Neutrality.

In other words, these Democrats decided to stand with wealthy corporations rather than stand up for your interests.

Click here to automatically sign the petition telling them you want them to stand up for Internet users like you, not the giant telecoms.

Powerful companies with a vested interest in this fight like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast have armies of lobbyists to push their agenda.

If these Democrats are going to get the message that it's unacceptable for them to sell out Internet users, it's only going to be because people like you speak up.

So take a minute right now to sign our petition. You can do so automatically by clicking the link below:

Thank you for standing up for a free and open Internet.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1 The industry-backed letter letter was signed by Representatives Gene Green (D-TX), John Barrow (D-GA), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Corrine Brown (D-FL), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Bill Owens (D-NY), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Lacey Clay (D-MO), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Scott Peters (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and David Scott (D-GA).

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