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Tomorrow, May 15, the FCC will vote on rules which would effectively end net neutrality using a bunch of weasel terms and workarounds.

It's time to take action to protect what remains of neutral access to online communication and commerce.

There are several options, the lazy (and perhaps not effective) one is at the bottom.

Option A1: Email the FCC.
Here is a new link to an inbox for internet comments. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] microbie.

Option A2: Call the FCC
1. Dial 888-225-5322
2. push 1, 4, 0
3. A person will answer.
4. They will ask for your name and address. you can just give them a zip code if you want.
5. Be courteous: "I'm calling to ask the FCC to reclassify Internet Service Providers as Title Two Common Carriers."
6. They'll ask if there is anything else you would like to add.
7. "No, Thank you for your time."
8. Hang up.

Option B: Call Congress
Go to OpenCongress & type in your zipcode. Pick up the phone and call each of the these folks. Believe it or not, someone will answer the phone, and phone calls make a difference. Politely tell the congressional staff that picks up to "Have the FCC classify internet as a Title Two common carrier." Ask them to repeat what they wrote down.

Option C: Online Activist Shortcuts
These are sponsored by the Free Press PAC, who will add you to their mailing list.
Stop The Slow Lane automated emailing to Congress
Email Petition to FCC
Before giving money to the Free Press, check out the evaluations here, here and here.

The "crisis fatigue" narrative is now being imposed on Net Neutrality, sometimes by people who should know better. It's the bullshit idea the ability to care about real ongoing issues is the same as audiences being bored by fictions which go on too long. This crap arises from various agendas, be it a shitty journalist who confuses their own lazy boredom with what qualifies as news, or a vested interest who wants people to stop paying attention.

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Date: 2014-05-14 06:59 pm (UTC)
seawasp: (Poisonous&Venomous)
From: [personal profile] seawasp
You didn't note that you may have to wait on hold for a while if you call the FCC. That may indicate that a lot of people are calling. :)

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Date: 2014-05-14 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] microbie.livejournal.com
I sent an email here: http://www.fcc.gov/page/fcc-establishes-new-inbox-open-internet-comments

I hope it's as effective as talking to someone. I included my Zip code and full name.

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Date: 2014-05-14 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quirkytizzy.livejournal.com
Thank you for that link. Speaking on the phone triggers whacky anxiety for me, and I have no money to donate to a PAC. This makes me feel like I'm at least sorta particpating!

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Date: 2014-05-14 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fengi.livejournal.com
Thank you! Added to the post.

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Date: 2014-05-14 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robby.livejournal.com
I called today, and the hold time was only a minute, which might mean the public is sleeping through this one. The big boys may have decided this one already, and the "vote" is just a formality. The noose draws a little tighter.

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Date: 2014-05-14 10:16 pm (UTC)
seawasp: (Default)
From: [personal profile] seawasp
My hold time was about five minutes.

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Date: 2014-05-14 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatjna.livejournal.com
I find it frustrating that these kinds of decisions are being made in a country where I have very limited access to dissent channels, but that they will affect users in my country anyway.

I used the options that are open to me to register my opinion anyway.