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CREDO: FCC vote historic victory for Internet users

By February 26, 2015 No Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote today to adopt Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify broadband Internet access under Title II. The rules won’t be made public until after the vote, but if Chairman Wheeler’s rules are adopted without dangerous loopholes or handouts to industry, it will be a historic victory for open Internet activists across the country who have fought for for more than a decade to protect Net Neutrality.

In advance of the vote, CREDO released the following statement:

“Big Telecom just lost – and it lost because millions of grassroots activists spoke out for Net Neutrality, said Becky Bond, Political Director and Vice President at CREDO Mobile, adding, “Today’s vote marks the culmination of over a decade of organizing to protect the Internet from a corporate takeover.”

“Republicans in Congress will no doubt spend years trying to roll back the progress we made today,” Bond continued. “But today’s vote makes it clear that telecom giants and their allies in Congress should expect fierce and overwhelming resistance when they attack the open Internet.”

Here’s what other leaders in the fight for Net Neutrality had to say about CREDO’s role in the fight:

“CREDO is the only telecom company that’s organized millions of calls, public comments and petition signatures to save the Internet. Not only that, but CREDO puts its money where its mouth is. and its customers have helped fund groups like Demand Progress to help Internet users fight back against the telecom lobbyists. For over a decade, CREDO has been a leader in the fight demanding reclassification of broadband Internet under Title II – and its work is a big part of why we’re winning this fight today.” – David Segal, Executive Director, Demand Progress

“In the fight for civil rights on the Internet, CREDO Mobile has always had our back. While other telecom companies like AT&T and Verizon have spent millions lobbying against equality on the Internet, CREDO has stood side-by-side with communities of color fighting for their right to free expression online. In the wake of Ferguson, it’s clearer than ever that a modern civil rights movement depends on an open Internet. By funding groups like ColorofChange.org and organizing millions of people to speak out for Net Neutrality, CREDO has been a key ally in this fight.” – Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, ColorOfChange.org

“As an organization born online and using the Internet to keep people connected and drive real change, CREDO has been an amazing partner in the fight for an open Internet. As a mobile phone provider and a Netroots organization, CREDO was uniquely positioned to understand the power of the Internet to keep people connected as we collaborate to tackle inequality. It was this combination of experience and passion that drove their partnership with the Center for Media Justice in the fight for strong Net Neutrality – and we are better for it. Together, we worked to mobilize under-represented voices on the free speech issue of the 21st century.” – Malkia Cyril, Executive Director, Center for Media Justice

“I have worked alongside CREDO for a decade now. And I can tell you that it is one organization that knows what’s right and isn’t afraid to push the envelope to get it. It’s this fearless approach to making change happen for the better that has made CREDO an essential partner in the fight for Net Neutrality. Everyone who uses the Internet should be thankful that CREDO is on our side.” – Tim Karr, Senior Director of Strategy, Free Press

CREDO has spent over a decade fighting for Net Neutrality. Here is a summary of CREDO’s recent Net Neutrality activism:

OVER 310,000 CREDO ACTIVISTS HAVE URGED FCC CHAIRMAN WHEELER TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY: More than 310,000 people have signed CREDO’s petition to the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service and save Net Neutrality.

OVER 210,000 CREDO ACTIVISTS SUCCESSFULLY URGED PRESIDENT OBAMA TO PUSH THE FCC TO PROTECT THE OPEN INTERNET: More than 210,000 CREDO activists signed petitions to President Obama telling him to step in and tell the FCC to protect the open Internet. In November, the president did exactly that. CREDO activists also reported making 555 calls to President Obama.

OVER 63,000 URGED THE FCC TO ADOPT CHAIRMAN WHEELER’S PROPOSED OPEN INTERNET RULES WITHOUT ANY LOOPHOLES: In response to Chairman Wheeler’s February 4 Wired op-ed, 63,753 CREDO members praise the proposal and urged the FCC not to water it down in response to industry pressure.

GIVEN NEARLY $1,000,000 TO NET NEUTRALITY ADVOCATES: Since 2007, CREDO customers and members have voted to give $948,790 to Net Neutrality advocates like Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU, Color of Change, and Free Press.

OVER 4,000 CREDO MEMBERS HAVE POURED IN CALLS TO THE FCC TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY: Over 4,000 CREDO members have called the FCC urging Chairman Wheeler to protect the open Internet.

OVER 10,000 CALLS TO CONGRESS FROM CREDO MEMBERS IN SUPPORT OF NET NEUTRALITY: For weeks, CREDO members have been calling their members of Congress, urging them to oppose Congressional Republicans’ loophole-ridden, sham legislation, which would strip the FCC of much of its authority to regulate the Internet. Additionally, last year, CREDO members reported making 1,242 calls to House Democrats urging them to sign onto the Congressional Progressive Caucus letter asking Wheeler to withdraw his so-called ‘hybrid’ plan, which would have ushered in a corporate takeover of the Internet. CREDO members also put in 3,482 calls to Senate Democrats on the issue.

URGED 34 HOUSE DEMOCRATS NOT TO SELL US OUT AGAIN TO BIG TELECOM: Last year, CREDO delivered a letter to the 34 House Democrats still in Congress who co-signed an industry-backed letter in 2010 to the FCC attacking Net Neutrality. The CREDO letter asked these turncoat Democrats to refuse to sign a similar letter being circulated by Rep. Gene Green on behalf of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA).

CREDO Mobile is a progressive phone company that makes it easy for its customers to fight for change – and raises millions of dollars for nonprofit groups that do the same. CREDO Mobile has raised more than $78 million for progressive groups, including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Rainforest Action Network.