Suddenly the House of Representatives is all hot to pass H.R. 2666, entitled the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act. They not only act like "regulation" is a cuss word, but they think regulating broadband internet rates would somehow sound bad to the numerous broadband internet users already paying too much for service. H.R. 2666 would forbid the FCC from ever regulating broadband rates, so the FCC couldn't stop Comcast and Charter from jacking up rates or inventing fees. Even worse, the bill's alleged net neutrality exemptions don't actually exist -- Sec. 3 of H.R. 2666 purports to exempt any FCC rate action that would relate to paid prioritization, but cites "section 8.9 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations," when section 8.7, not 8.9, covers paid prioritization. I'm sure that's an "administrative error." End result: the big telecoms could charge for visiting certain websites or create tiers of service -- and thus neuter net neutrality. So Free Press helps you call your House Reps and tell them to reject the net neutrality end-around, H.R. 2666.
Meanwhile, you may have heard that the U.S. Women's Soccer team, despite winning the World Cup, despite drawing more TV viewers in their World Cup-winning match than any other soccer game in American history, gets paid approximately a quarter of what the U.S. Men's Soccer team gets paid, and has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or EEOC) to correct this injustice. Can anyone say level playing field? Folks interested in perpetuating this disparity argue that women's soccer doesn't generate as much revenue or viewership, but both of these are demonstrably untrue -- the U.S. Women's Soccer team generates more revenue than the Men's team, in fact. If this doesn't sound like the most important thing in the world, remember a few things: one, that signing on to Moms Rising's petition to the EEOC demanding equal pay for the U.S. Women's Soccer team will take you less than 60 seconds, and two, that the young girls who grow up rooting for them shouldn't have to get used to getting paid less because they're girls.
Finally, we've talked about forcing corporations to disclose their "beneficial owners" (i.e., owners who collect money from corporate revenues), in part so we can identify folks trying to spend millions of dollars to influence elections -- but the FEC can also do something about that, by ferreting out the "ghost corporations" that exist solely to hide the identity of big political donors. "Ghost corporations" often come into existence mere days before making six- and seven-figure contributions to SuperPACs, almost like that was their sole reason for existence or something. But federal law already bans funneling cash through "straw donors," and the difference between a "straw donor" and a "ghost corporation" might well be merely semantic, so Demand Progress helps you tell the FEC to crack down on possible campaign finance violations by investigating these "ghost corporations." The good news? Both Republican and Democratic FEC members have suggested this is something they'd be compelled to do. But we still gotta tell them, because it's our job.