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Taking it to the House for a #DayOfAdvocacy for #NetNeutrality

Thanks in large part to public pressure, the Senate voted to block the current Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to roll back strong, enforceable net neutrality rules. Now, action has moved to the House of Representatives. House leadership has said they will not schedule a vote on the Congressional Review Act (CRA), but Members can force a vote if the majority signs a discharge petition. If the discharge petition receives enough signatures, then Members have the opportunity to put enforceable net neutrality protections in place, by signing the CRA discharge petition and then voting for the CRA.

ALA and its members’ voices are a key part of the chorus of Americans calling on policymakers to save net neutrality; since mid-December an ALA action alert has generated more than 6,000 emails to members of Congress.

Here’s another way to be involved: on Tuesday, June 26th, net neutrality supporters will hold an Advocacy Day with opportunities to visit your representative’s office. Volunteers will start the day with an advocacy training to make sure you’re ready and feel comfortable talking to your member of Congress. Then volunteers will be on hand take you to your representative’s office so you can share why an open internet is important to libraries and why it’s essential that your representative supports the CRA resolution.

If you cannot join the Day of Advocacy, you can show your support online:

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Ellen Satterwhite

Ellen Satterwhite a Washington Office Policy Fellow and Vice President of the Glen Echo Group. She has years of experience at the intersection of technology and policy, including as a co-author of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan and as Consumer Policy Advisor to the Commission. Satterwhite earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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