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CREDO Mobile applauds Chairman Wheeler’s Net Neutrality proposal

By February 4, 2015 No Comments

In response to Chairman Wheeler’s op-ed announcing that he will propose using Title II to protect the open Internet, CREDO Mobile issued the following statement:

“We applaud Chairman Wheeler for siding with millions of Americans who’ve called on the FCC to protect the open Internet using Title II authority,” said Becky Bond, Political Director and Vice President of CREDO Mobile, adding “If Tom Wheeler’s draft rule is as strong as his statement indicates, Net Neutrality advocates across the country will fight fiercely to defend it. But we still have to ensure that the draft doesn’t contain any dangerous loopholes or backdoors demanded by the big telecom companies.”

Bond continued, “We urge Chairman Wheeler and the FCC not to give an inch to telecom lobbyists, or Republicans in Congress, who are threatening to strip the FCC of its authority to protect the open Internet. The FCC must vote to adopt the strongest possible Net Neutrality rules at its February 26 meeting.”

Here are a few ways CREDO has engaged its members on the issue:

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.

GIVEN NEARLY $300,000 TO NET NEUTRALITY ADVOCATES: Since 2012, CREDO customers and members have voted to give $286,605 to Net Neutrality advocates like Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Color of Change, and Free Press.

OVER 3,800 CREDO MEMBERS HAVE POURED IN CALLS TO FCC TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY: Over 3,800 CREDO members have called the FCC urging Chairman Wheeler to protect the open Internet.

OVER 9,000 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 Senators Thune and Upton’s 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).