This has been a great week for UniteBlue and America.
Last week, UniteBlue launched our first Twitterbomb of 2015 — and #ILoveObama trended across the United States for three days straight, racking up nearly 250,000 tweets! The outpouring of love and appreciation for our President is now quite clear. We call that a win. Thank you!
Then the news came last Thursday that Walmart is raising their minimum wage to $9 per hour in April; and again to $10 per hour next year. This will affect over half a million workers at America’s largest private employer; and it is happening thanks to labor organizing from people like you. In fact, the push for higher wages at Walmart was UniteBlue’s very first Twitterbomb three years ago when we called for folks across the country to #WalkoutOnWalmart in solidarity with Walmart strikers and major unions. We have fought for progress consistently over the past few years; and while we need to keep fighting for a $15 per hour minimum wage, we are excited and proud to see movement in the right direction!
This week, another major turning point in history is coming. UniteBlue was one of the first organizations to speak out on the issue. We are on the verge of another major win and we are going to see it through to the end. This Thursday, the FCC will decide the future of the Internet.
Why is it important to join the fight for a free and open Internet? The core of the issue is that large companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon should not be able to provide an Internet “fast lane” for their subscribers who pay a higher price and a slower lane for the poor. This is a form of corporate monopolization — which we, at UniteBlue, must rise up to prevent.
The FCC has clearly listened and responded to public comments throughout their decision-making process; and while it seems that Net Neutrality will be protected in broad strokes, they will be making several critical decisions this Thursday. The devil is often in the details, and how the FCC implements Net Neutrality matters. Tonight is your chance to tweet members of the FCC Commission directly and make your voice heard. Here are their accounts:
Tom Wheeler: @TomWheelerFCC
Jessica Rosenworcel: @JRosenworcel
Mignon Clyburn: @mclyburnfcc
Michael O’Rielly: @mikeofcc
Ajit Pai: @AjitPaiFCC
*more information can be found here: fcc.gov/leadership
Michael O’Rielly and Ajit Pai are the two conservative members of the FCC Commission. Ajit Pai is the most vocal opponent. He also happens to be quite active on Twitter. Let’s push him towards the right direction and make sure all five members of the Commission hear our voices. Do not stop tweeting and commenting all the way up to the vote on Thursday. This is too important.
You can also submit your comments directly to the FCC using this form on their website: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display
We need a fair and open Internet more than ever. It is an essential utility, similar to our streets and bridges with our physical transportation infrastructure. We shop online, go to college online and bank online. Our Internet is an essential part of our everyday communication.
We want you to add your voice to keep our Internet open and fair. If there is no governance over Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) through the FCC, as Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing by reclassifying consumer broadband service under Title II, then we are allowing large ISP’s to steal our Internet right out from under our noses.
Let’s ask The FCC to vote “Yes” on Tom Wheeler’s proposal to recognize that our Internet must be free of blocking or throttling by large companies. We must demand greater transparency between points of interconnection between the ISP’s and the rest of the Internet.
I hope you will join our voices at UniteBlue to demand that there is no paid prioritization of our Internet.
Although understanding the importance of the FCC vote on February 26th is difficult to follow, it isn’t difficult to see the slow, steady erosion of our rights and freedoms…if giant corporations and the GOP have their way.
Without fair and easy access to the Internet, most of us will be left in the dust or forced to pay higher fees to keep getting content and services we take for granted. Just think of the implications for job-seekers, students, start-up websites and small businesses.
But there is still time! We can still make our voices heard around the nation if we use that voice this weekend prior to the all-important FCC vote on the 26th. You still have a chance to make your voice heard! Let’s join together with one, united voice to help #SaveOurNet!