UPDATE 3/3/2016: A new report from the United States Senate EXPOSES how the Obama administration used the FCC as a tool to dismantle Internet freedom.
Now that legislation is in both chambers of Congress to END the Obama administration’s Internet takeover, it’s up to us to DEMAND that Congress supports these bills at once!
UPDATE 11/5/2015: Republican Senator John Thune threw cold water on our efforts, saying language blocking funding for Obama's plan is unlikely "just because it would be so controversial." We have got to redouble our efforts and show Congress they cannot avoid controversy by simply caving to Obama.
UPDATE 10/8/2015: Liberal Senator Ed Markey said yesterday: "we will have to organize as Democrats to block this rider and any other riders the Republicans seek to attach to the appropriations process. Net neutrality is at the top of the list." Our opponents are pushing back; we've got to keep the pressure on as Congress works on a final spending package before the December 11 deadline.
UPDATE 8/5/2015: The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill on July 23 including language blocking funding for any FCC Internet regulation related to prices or related terms. The House and Senate committees are now both on record that Obama's plan to regulate the Internet should not be funded. Final action in both chambers will come in September. On the legal front, the D.C. Circuit announced oral arguments on the legality of the plan will be heard on December 4 at 9:30 AM ET.
UPDATE 6/17/2015: The DC Circuit is hearing an expedited appeal of the FCC order reducing the Internet to a public utility, but denied a stay, meaning the order is now in effect. A bill to block all funds for the FCC order until the courts decide whether it is legal passed the House Appropriations Committee today. A Democratic amendment to strike the funding restriction failed 19-31. The bill now awaits action on the House floor.
The landslide 2014 elections made crystal clear that the American people reject larger, more intrusive government.
But President Obama reacted by moving even further left, ignoring the fact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to be an independent agency, and openly demanding the FCC take the most radical action imaginable: reducing the Internet to a "public utility," imposing sweeping new taxes and destroying private investment, competition, and innovation while putting bureaucrats firmly in control.
And three Democrats at the FCC happily complied.
Now, Congress must act. Our elected officials must not allow the FCC to take over the Internet in a naked ideological power grab.
Tell Congress: "Stand up to the liberal special interests and stand up for the free-market Internet! Block the FCC order to reduce the Internet to a public utility."