The FCC will formally unveil their new net neutrality rules on May 15, and with FCC Chair Tom Wheeler so far unwilling to listen to the public on his proposal, so Sum of Us helps you urge the relevant House and Senate subcommittees to intervene, and keep big corporations from controlling our internet experience with their "fast lanes" and "tiered service." I've said it before and I'll say it again: just about everyone, from left to right on the political spectrum, prefers an internet where service providers have to treat all information equally, without them getting to "pick winners." When corporations get to pick winners (who have not really "won" anything so much as they've just shoveled bucketfuls of money toward Comcast and Verizon and the like), then wonderful things like blogs and Facebook and YouTube don't happen, because a corporation could never have come up with that stuff. Only people could. The FCC would essentially turn the internet into cable TV, when cable TV is a wasteland of "reality" TV stars who make money hand over fist acting in ways that would shame their parents, and cable news pundits who make money hand over fist acting in ways that would shame their parents. America doesn't need any more of that.
Meanwhile, the Senate passed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act back in November, but the House still hasn't taken it up nearly six months later. At the time of the Senate bill's passage, House Speaker John Boehner said he wouldn't take it up because he feared it would cause "frivolous lawsuits." In a land where corporations, not people, file four out of five lawsuits, I wonder where he finds "frivolity" in the lawsuits gay folks might file after being terminated due to their boss's irrational fear of Getting Teh Gay Cooties. But Mr. Boehner is always pretty ready with the excuses -- this is, after all, the guy who wouldn't pass an unemployment extension first because it wasn't "paid for," then because it was too hard, then because he wanted some goodies. To be fair, I guess there is a remote possibility I could be selling the man short -- perhaps he didn't mean "frivolous lawsuits" so much as he meant fabulous lawsuits. In any case, People for the American Way helps you tell the House to pass ENDA already. It might take even longer than it already has, but the House folded over the Violence Against Women reauthorization last year, so they can certainly fold over this -- with enough pressure.