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Senate Votes To Keep Internet “Open”

From Craig Aaron 
President and CEO

Your phone calls, emails and persistence have paid off: Today the Senate voted down the resolution that would have shuttered the open Internet.
This outrageous measure would have stripped us of our right to communicate freely online and handed control of the Internet to companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

But the public outcry stopped this resolution in its tracks. And thanks to your efforts, not only did we win the vote, but Net Neutrality’s champions in Congress spoke out passionately and persuasively about the importance of the free and open Internet.

Now that we’ve thwarted this partisan stunt, we can get back to the real priority: strengthening the Federal Communications Commission’s rules to protect all Internet users, whether they access the Web via a home connection or a mobile device.

The FCC’s new rules go into effect on Nov. 20. But these rules fail to protect mobile Internet users from corporate abuse. As more and more of us use phones and tablets to get online, we need to make sure that all Internet users are protected.

In the months to come, the Free Press Action Fund will be pushing the FCC to make its Open Internet rules much stronger — even if that means going to court, where we are suing the agency for failing to safeguard users of wireless devices.

Today’s Senate vote is a major victory for the public and sends a resounding message: The American people don’t want companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon blocking websites or interfering with our ability to access whatever we want, whenever we want it, from wherever we are.
The fight for the open Internet is far from over. I hope you’ll stay with us.

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