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Call Your Senators TODAY, Monday October 2, And Urge Them To Vote Against Giving Ajit Pai A Five-Year Term at the FCC

Call your senators TODAY, Monday October 2, 2017, and urge them to vote NO on giving Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai a full five-year term.

This is admittedly a long shot, but we’re rescheduling things to do this as our new post because the vote is scheduled for today.

Pai is hell-bent on destroying net neutrality, the policy that forces the powers that be who govern the Internet to treat all traffic the same, no matter how much they pay. If net neutrality is destroyed, providers can reserve better, faster service for those who they charge for the privilege, and stick the rest of us with poky service for no reason beyond the fact that we can’t or won’t pay for what we used to get as a matter of course.

Trump re-nominated Pai to the post in March. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from the state of Washington, is determined not to let Pai’s renomination pass without a fight.

Read this story for more on Cantwell’s opposition:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/09/senator-launches-opposition-to-ajit-pais-fcc-re-confirmation/

Here’s a script for calling your senators today on this:

“Dear Senator (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to vote no on giving FCC chair Ajit Pai a full five-year term at the agency. He wants to destroy net neutrality and deregulate the broadband industry. If he succeeds, he would split the Internet in two, making a version that favors the wealthy and another version that punishes the less wealthy. There is no good reason to do this and it would make the Internet experience worse for everyone. Please vote against re-upping Pai’s tenure. Thank you.”