May 16, 2018 202/371-1999
Senate Net Neutrality Vote a Step Forward for Fairness, Free Speech, Consumers and Advocates
Statement from Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising, on today’s U.S. Senate vote to protect net neutrality:
“We commend every United States Senator who voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s changes to net neutrality rules today. This vote is an essential step forward for fairness, free speech, consumers and advocacy groups like MomsRising, which rely on a free Internet to fight for economic and social justice. The House of Representatives must do the same.
“Today’s vote was a victory for consumers, communities of color, rural Americans and small businesses, many of which are owned by women. Net neutrality means that when we raise our voices online, they can be heard. It stops Internet Service Providers from blocking or suppressing content and prevents them from manipulating the speed at which consumers receive certain content or selling premium access to the highest bidder.
“The Internet has changed the nature of grassroots organizing and created a space where people who have long been marginalized can be heard. MomsRising moves policy forward every day using Internet-related tools like sharing personal stories from our members with leaders online, gathering signatures on online petitions, sending constituent tweets to members of Congress, sharing Facebook posts and more. These and similar tools leverage the power of the people and open avenues for busy people to be heard by leaders at the top – and they depend on a free and fair Internet.
“Similarly, the Internet has enabled tremendous innovation in every sector. From a mom opening a business in her home, to a community making its voice heard about an injustice that needs to be addressed, a fair and open Internet is making our conversations, communities and economy stronger.
“An open internet is essential to protecting our ability to speak out, to connect and hear diverse voices, and to sharing our opinions with leaders who have the power to make the changes we seek. We are grateful that a majority of U.S. Senators recognized that and passed the Resolution of Disapproval today, and we urge the House to vote to protect net neutrality as well. The country needs Congress to protect net neutrality and ensure a level playing field for Internet access.”
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MomsRising.org is an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families, including criminal justice reform, immigration policy reform, and gun safety. MomsRising is working for paid family and medical leave, affordable, high quality childcare and early learning, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes women — particularly moms and women of color — and so many others. MomsRising advocates for access to healthy food for all kids, health care for all, earned sick days, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. MomsRising maintains a Spanish language website: MamásConPoder.org. Sign up online at www.MomsRising.org — and follow us on our blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.