Internet as we know it could change forever

May 14, 2019

I am writing to you because I want to protect our open internet.

Two years ago, the FCC under Ajit Pai repealed the Net Neutrality protections that make the internet an open and free platform to connect and exchange ideas. If we can’t restore these protections, the internet as we know it could change forever. 

The House of Representatives has passed the Save the Internet Act, which will restore the open internet protections that were repealed by the FCC in 2017. Now, Senate Republicans and Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema are blocking the bill at the Senate, despite the overwhelming and cross-partisan support that Net Neutrality has with the American public. 

This isn’t just a technology issue, it’s also one of the most important civil rights challenges of our time. Nobody wants powerful telecom companies to control what they read, say, see, and do online. Nobody wants an internet where only wealthy and privileged interests have a voice, at the expense of everybody else.

I hope our senators vote in favor of this bill. Otherwise we’ll be forced to hold them accountable at the ballot box in 2020. 

Andrew Ashburn



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