CBC: Don't help the telecom industry destroy the open Internet

All Americans — especially Black, poor, and other underserved communities — would benefit from the FCC's decision to pursue policies intended to expand Internet access, while keeping it free and open. But some Black members of Congress appear to be siding with corporate donors from the broadband industry over the interests of our communities. Let them know that you won't stand for it.

Congressman Bennie Thompson is one of several members of the Congressional Black Caucus who has sided with lobbyists for the big phone and cable companies, and signed a letter attacking the FCC's efforts to protect a free and open Internet and to expand access to high-speed Internet.

Can you take a minute to give Congressman Thompson a call at 202-225-5876?

Here's a brief script you can use (or feel free to come up with your own):

I'm disappointed and outraged that Congressman Thompson has signed a letter, authored by Congressman Gene Green, that attacks the FCC's efforts to expand broadband Internet access, and to protect network neutrality. The letter repeats telecom industry talking points that are false and misleading. I'm respectfully asking that the Congressman remove his name from the letter. He should be supporting the FCC in protecting the free and open Internet, and making it accessible to all Americans — not helping lobbyists for the big phone and cable companies push their agenda.

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