The first week of May is national “Small Business Week.” Thousands of small businesses are signing on to this open letter to Congress, just weeks before they’re expected to vote on the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to block the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality
Small businesses will be hurt the most by the loss of net neutrality, but can also play a key role in saving it. Members of Congress take businesses owners from their district very seriously. We’re delivering the letter on May 2, so we have until then to get as many businesses to sign as possible. Please spread the word!
Dear Member of Congress,
We are companies who rely on the open Internet to grow our business and reach customers online. We are asking Congress to issue a “Resolution of Disapproval” to restore net neutrality and the other consumer protections that were lost when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order in December 2017.
Users and businesses need certainty that they will not be blocked, throttled or charged extra fees by Internet service providers. We cannot afford to be left unprotected while Congress deliberates.
We will accept nothing less than the protections embodied in the 2015 order. Please ensure the FCC keeps its tools to protect consumers and business like ours.
Thank you for considering our views.
Thousands of businesses have signed the letter to support the CRA to save net neutrality. Will your business join us?
Check out the map to find events related to net neutrality in your area
If you’d like to organize a letter delivery to a congressperson in your area, read the instructions below and click the link to Organize a Delivery.
First, decide which member of Congress’ office you want to deliver the letter to. Check here to see where your lawmakers stand on the CRA to save net neutrality and, if you can, organize the letter delivery at the office of a lawmaker who does not yet support the CRA. Preserving the open Internet matters to the overwhelming majority of Americans, so it’s important that we persuade as many members of Congress as possible to vote for the CRA.
Once you add your event to the map, we’ll contact other small business owners and net neutrality supporters in your area and encourage them to attend. But you should spread the word too! Invite others to join you directly via email, text message, and social media (sample content here). Send a simple Media Advisory (sample here) to local reporters and invite them to come.
Select your state below to print out the letter and complete list of businesses who have signed on. Show up a few minutes early and wait outside the office for others to come. Around 15 minutes after the start time, go into the office with your crew of people and deliver the letter to the staffer at the front desk. Be friendly and polite, note the number of businesses in their district that have signed, and ask them to make sure the lawmaker gets it. Reiterate the ask of the letter: we want the Congress member to support the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality.
After you deliver the letter, host a short “press conference” outside the office. Gather all your supporters together in a tight group right in front of the building. Think about how it will look in a photo in the local paper. Face the press with your crowd behind you. Have any small business owners in attendance speak for no more than 2 minutes about why they signed the letter and why net neutrality is important to them (sample talking points here). Have copies of the letter and/or your press advisory to hand to reporters. The whole thing should be quick, wrap it up after 30 minutes or so! Be sure to post photos on social media using the hashtags #SmallBusinessWeek and #NetNeutrality, and send them to us at [email protected] so we can share them with the world on social media!
Don’t worry if you’ve never done anything like this before. Many people who organize a delivery are doing it for the first time. Organizing a delivery will make a difference, and we’ll be here to help you.Organize a Delivery