For Immediate Release
SavetheInternet.com ‘Can-You-Hear-Us-Now-a-Thon’ Delivers 2 Million Petitions to FCC
WASHINGTON - SavetheInternet.com Coalition allies and activists kicked off a
marathon of petition deliveries at the Federal Communications Commission
on Monday morning - with plans to drop off 50,000 signatures every hour
until the public comment period closes on Tuesday. The more than 2
million petitions collected from across the country call on the FCC to
stand up for real Net Neutrality and safeguard the open Internet. The
FCC is scheduled to vote on its proposed Net Neutrality rules at its
Dec. 21 open meeting.
"High-priced lobbyists for the phone and cable companies converge on the FCC every day," said Misty Perez Truedson,
associate outreach director of Free Press, which coordinates the
SavetheInternet.com Coalition. "But we're here now to remind Chairman
Julius Genachowski and the rest of the Commission that the public is
relying on them to keep powerful companies like Comcast and AT&T in
check. President Obama and the FCC chairman pledged to protect the free
and open Internet, and that's a promise millions of Americans expect
them to keep."
The petitions will be delivered by local volunteers and
representatives of the many groups that helped collect them, including
Free Press, New America Foundation, Media Access Project, Future of
Music Coalition, the Media and Democracy Coalition, Credo Action, the
Progressive Campaign Change Committee, ColorofChange.org, Common Cause,
the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Prometheus Radio
Project, the Harry Potter Alliance, the Open Source Democracy Foundation
and Public Knowledge.
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Updates, photos and video of the "Can-You-Hear-Us-Now-a-Thon" can be found on the Web at http://marathon.savetheinternet.com.
"The public won't settle for almost Net Neutrality, half Net
Neutrality or fake Net Neutrality," Perez Truedson said. "They want real
Net Neutrality. And real Net Neutrality means there is one Internet
with one set of rules whether you get online at home or using a mobile
phone; it means no special toll roads or fast lanes reserved for a few
powerful corporations; it means no giant loopholes that would undermine
the Internet's level playing field. It's not too late to fix these rules
to ensure the free and open Internet will continue to thrive
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