Word on the street is that the FCC will, in fact, reclassify internet service providers as utilities, as we have been telling the FCC to do since time immemorial, it seems. But when you recall that, on two separate occasions last year, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler released net neutrality proposals that were basically giveaways to big telecom corporations, you realize this is a big deal. Of course, having the power to regulate net neutrality -- so that you, and not some big corporation, can determine where you go and what you see on the internet -- doesn't necessarily mean the FCC will actually use that power. And we should expect a lot of interference, not just from the corporate front groups aiming to confuse people about what net neutrality really does (and, er, has been doing all along), but from a Republican-dominated Congress that works exclusively for its biggest donors, even though most of their conservative constituents feel the same way about net neutrality as liberals do. So Free Press helps you tell our government to enforce the most vigorous net neutrality provisions possible.
Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled House went about laying landmines right away, by passing a rule mandating that funds from Social Security's "old-age fund" can't be reallocated to Social Security's disability fund unless accompanied by tax hikes or benefit cuts. Sounds obscure, doesn't it? Thing is, the disability trust fund may run out next year, while the old-age trust fund is in good enough shape that Congress could reallocate funds such that both funds are solvent for almost 20 more years, which is hardly a burden on current or future retirees, no matter what Republicans say. The disability fund has come under some fire from the "liberal" media lately, which often portrays folks getting SSI as lazy, or scam artists. But SSI doesn't pay out benefits to just anyone, and anyway fraud is always a separate issue -- fraudsters should be rooted out and put in jail, and preventing reallocation as part of some manufactured hostage crisis is cruel to the vast majority of folks who aren't scam artists. Hence Social Security Works helps you tell your lawmakers to protect Social Security for everyone, and stop pitting Americans against one another.
Finally, the Federal Elections Commission (or FEC) is still taking public comments about updating their campaign finance disclosure rules and their enforcement thereof; you can leave a public comment at the FEC's page here. But be quick, as the public commenting period ends next Friday. This past election, as you no doubt know, was the most expensive midterm in history, and we don't know where a lot of that campaign spending came from. And we ought to know who's behind the political ads that pollute our airwaves -- after all, what do they have to hide? That they would prefer lawmakers who act not on their constituents' behalf, but exclusively on the behalf of their biggest donors? That they prefer policies that make corporations even more powerful, and that befoul our air and water? If you're stuck on what else to say, click on the "campaign finance disclosure" topic on the right hand of this page; I may have said a few things that might help. And remember, also, to note that you're submitting a comment "on behalf of yourself," and don't leave identifying information you don't want public (like your Social Security number).