CREDO released the following statement in response to reports that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will formally introduce a rule gutting Obama-era net neutrality protections:
“What we have heard about the rules about to be released confirms our worst fears,” said Brandy Doyle, Campaign Manager for CREDO Action. “Chairman Pai has followed through with his plan to hand control of the internet to corporations,” she continued. “This decision is bad for our economy, our free speech and our democracy, but we won’t stop fighting to protect the free and open internet.” Doyle said. “The overwhelming majority of Americans want net neutrality,” she added. “We will continue to fight back against Pai and his corporate cronies until we have a free and open internet for us all.“
CREDO has been fighting for net neutrality for years. A summary of our work this year alone in support of a free and open internet can be found below. Additional background on CREDO’s work on net neutrality and donations to other groups leading the fight is available upon request.
190,000+ PETITION CHAIRMAN PAI: “DON’T KILL NET NEUTRALITY”: More than 194,000 people signed CREDO’s petition urging FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to “preserve the FCC’s Title II authority to protect the internet.”
4,400+ PHONE CALLS TO CHAIRMAN PAI AND COMMISSIONER O’RIELLY: More than 4,400 CREDO members have made calls to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly urging them to “defend Title II net neutrality and protect the internet as a common carrier.” Calls will continue indefinitely.
73 VIDEO STORIES ON WHY NET NEUTRALITY MATTERS: 73 CREDO members, including teachers, nurses, organizers, small business owners and seniors, recorded and uploaded their own stories about the importance of net neutrality.
100+ PEOPLE RALLY FOR NET NEUTRALITY IN SAN FRANCISCO: When FCC Chairman Pai spoke in San Francisco on Sept. 12, CREDO organized a rally to greet him, working with partners at 18 Million Rising, Center for Media Justice, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Greenlining Institute, Media Alliance, Tech Workers Coalition, The Utility Reform Network and other groups.
FORMAL COMMENTS FROM THE COMPANY: CREDO Mobile submitted formal comments to the FCC opposing Chairman Pai’s proposal to kill net neutrality.
CREDO CEO RAY MORRIS WEIGHS IN: CREDO Mobile CEO Ray Morris published an opinion piece, “I’m the CEO of a mobile phone company. Here’s why I support net neutrality.“
138,000 PETITION THE SENATE TO NOT TO CONFIRM CHAIRMAN PAI: After Chairman Pai ignored the overwhelming majority of Americans opposing his plan to destroy the internet, more than 138,000 CREDO members signed CREDO’s petition calling on the Senate to reject his re-confirmation to the FCC.
CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of more than five million activists, sending tens of millions of petition signatures and hundreds of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct actions for progressive change.