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Fight for the Future delivers 75,000 signatures to President Obama demanding he support Title II net neutrality and replace failed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
Internet activists are outraged by so-called “hybrid” proposal reported by Wall Street Journal that would allow for fast lanes and slow lanes.
WASHINGTON – Today, digital rights group Fight for the Future – best known for their pivotal role in major Internet protests like the SOPA Blackout and the Internet Slowdown – electronically delivered more than 75,000 signatures to President Barack Obama calling for the White House to publicly support full Title II reclassification and demote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for failing to do his job protecting the public’s access to a free and open Internet.
The delivery came just hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that Wheeler is close to finalizing a net neutrality proposal that would explicitly allow for Internet fast lanes and slow lanes, despite the fact that the FCC has received more than 3.7 million public comments opposing the fast lanes, overwhelmingly in support of banning so-called “paid prioritization” through the use of Title II reclassification.
“The Internet will never accept this sham proposal – it’s a middle finger to the American public and Internet users around the world,” said Holmes Wilson, co-founder of Fight for the Future, “Four million people came out opposing fast lanes, and then the FCC proposes fastlanes. It’s an outrage.”
“President Obama risks becoming the poster child for modern corruption. He appointed a former cable industry lobbyist to chair the FCC who has been doing the Cable industry’s bidding,” said FFTF’s other co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng, “If the FCC goes with the proposal detailed in the Wall Street Journal and fails to protect the most basic principles of the open Internet, that failure rests with the Obama administration. ”
Following today’s petition delivery calling for Wheeler’s removal from the FCC Chairmanship, Fight for the Future announced plans for a series of escalating actions targeting both the White House and the FCC.
The group is currently running a campaign at CallTheFCC.com, which allows Internet users to enter their phone number and call a random top-level employee at the FCC. The page has already driven more than 10,000 phone calls to the FCC, and more than 700 committed activists have signed up to call the FCC every day from now until they announce their net neutrality decision.
Fight for the Future and other groups are also planning an Emergency Protest at the White House on Thursday, November 6th. Inspired by massive protests against a proposed Internet Tax in Hungary, the organizers are calling for participants to hold their phones aloft as a symbol of protest against the gutting of Internet freedom.
“We’re just getting started – the public is outraged and our actions will reflect that,” added Evan Greer, FFTF’s Campaign Director, “If President Obama and Tom Wheeler think they can fool the Internet public into accepting a fake proposal that destroys net neutrality, they are sorely mistaken, and with elections coming up, their party may pay the ultimate political price.”
Climate-related changes in flower diversity have resulted in a decrease
in the length of alpine bumble bees’ tongues, a new study reports,
leaving these insects poorly suited to feed from and pollinate the deep
flowers they were adapted to previously. The results highlight how
certain mutually beneficial ecological partnerships can be lost due to
shifts in climate.
N. E. Miller-Struttmann, J. C. Geib, J. D. Franklin, P. G. Kevan, R. M.
Holdo, D. Ebert-May, A. M. Lynn, J. A. Kettenbach, E. Hedrick, C. Galen.
Functional mismatch in a bumble bee pollination mutualism under climate change. Science, 2015; 349 (6255): 1541 DOI: 10.1126/science.aab0868
Caption:Queen bumble bee, Bombus balteatus, is foraging on Oxytropis sericea flowers on the alpine tundra of Pennsylvania Mountain. Credit: Christine Carson
Last night, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden joined Fight for the Future’s Q&A session on reddit to weigh in on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA,) the controversial “cybersecurity” bill that is expected to see a vote on the Senate floor this afternoon.
“CISA isn’t a cybersecurity bill,” Snowden wrote in the reddit “IAmA” thread, “It’s not going to stop any attacks. It’s not going to make us any safer. It’s a surveillance bill. What it allows is for the companies you interact with every day – visibly, like Facebook, or invisibly, like AT&T – to indiscriminately share private records about your interactions and activities with the government.”
The reddit Q&A also featured representatives from Access, EFF, and Demand Progress as well as Senator Ron Wyden, who has been one of the strongest Congressional opponents of CISA.
Snowden, who of course understands the inside of the United States’ surveillance programs better than most, went on to explain how CISA will enable new types of government spying:
“In theory, this is supposed to allow the government to sort through what is in effect the entire private network space of civil society within the United States for “indicators of compromise,” or, more simply, red flags that indicate a hack has happened. The problem is that the NSA, FBI, and other organizations already do this on a higher level of the network under other authorities, such as Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. They don’t like that, though, because it means there are still parts of the internet and types of records that they aren’t (legally) allowed to add to the dragnet.
CISA changes that. CISA allows private companies to immediately share a perfect record of your private activities the instant you click a link, log in, make a purchase, and so on – and the government with reward for doing it by granting them a special form of legal immunity for their cooperation.”
The former NSA contractor also took to twitter to encourage his 1.5 million followers to call their Senators to oppose the bill. Snowden’s comments come at the peak of a rising wave of opposition that has included dozens of civil society groups, security experts, and major tech companies including Apple, Twitter, Dropbox, Mozilla, and Wikipedia.
Fight for the Future and other groups have drivenmillions of faxes, hundreds of thousands of emails, and tens of thousands of phone calls in opposition of the bill. The hashtag #StopCISA has been used more than 11,000 times in the last week alone.
Snowden concluded his IAmA comments with a warning about the impact of CISA on Internet users’ trust in U.S. tech companies, echoing concerns from industry experts and privacy advocates:
“This is a bill that will radically reshape the relationship between users and companies, because it undermines the core foundation of trust on the internet: that companies work for users rather than governments.”
Fight for the Future campaign director Evan Greer said, “This vote will go down in history as the moment that lawmakers decided not only what sort of Internet our children and our children’s children will have, but what sort of world they will live in. Every Senator who votes for CISA will be voting for a world without freedom of expression, a world without true democracy, a world without basic human rights. And they will be voting for their own removal from office, because the Internet will not forget which side of history they stood on.”
Fight for the Future is a grassroots advocacy group with more than 1.4 million members that fights to protect the Internet as a powerful platform for freedom of expression and social change. They’re best known for organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, for net neutrality, and against government surveillance. Learn more at https://www.fightforthefuture.org and https://www.twitter.com/fightfortheftr