The Phone Call
- Contact the FCC here: 888-225-5322 (press 1, 4, 0).
- Find your Congresspeople here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
You should tell every representative or intern you speak with to “have the FCC classify internet service providers as Title Two common carriers." When our Editor-in-Chief called representatives, he found that prefixing the statement with "I'd like for you to make note of a comment on the FCC, please" worked well. This article helps explain why the Title Two comment should be made. The gist is that the reclassification would give the FCC more authority to enforce the rules to protect the internet from the ISPs. Obviously, the ISPs are dead-set against this happening, as then they will have rules they have to obey. Go figure. The main reason that the FCC has lost every battle to-date with ISPs is that they were classified away from Title Two carriers in 2002. If this were undone, the FCC should be able to enforce rules up to and including permanently removing the right for an ISP to do business if it does not obey the net neutrality guidelines set in place. Until this happens, ISPs are free to extort companies like Netflix for gains that could significantly hinder start-ups.
Here are a few other sources to look into if you would like to join others who want to promote net neutrality:
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group dedicated to defending users' rights in a digital world.
- Reddit's co-founder’s crowd-sourced fund to post a billboard near the FCC to complain (it is fully-funded, but has links within the description for more resources).
- This has some great scripts to use and other links to more resources.
- Scott "Abibiliboop" Griffin.