A concerning pattern emerged last week. The #GOPTaxScam has been pretty well publicized in how it hurts average Americans by raising taxes and taking away tax write-offs that so many depend on in favor of tax breaks for big business and the 1%. What also came to light was the FCC’s plan to remove Net Neutrality rules.

Net Neutrality keeps the internet open and democratic. In an op-ed in the LA Times, Jessica Rosenworcel from the FCC explains: “Net neutrality is the right to go where you want and do what you want on the internet without your broadband provider getting in the way. It means your broadband provider can’t block websites, throttle services or charge you premiums if you want to reach certain online content.” Ms Rosenworcel is one of two FCC members publicly opposed to the plan to eliminate Net Neutrality.

What does this have to do with the GOP tax plan? Both are constructed to benefit big business and hurt the majority of Americans. In the case of Net Neutrality, there is no consumer benefit to taking away these rules. The big internet service providers are kicking and screaming about their infrastructure being used as a utility. They claim eliminating net neutrality will foster investment in the internet, but they already do that to stay competitive amongst each other. If we look at where internet innovation really comes from, it’s third parties who have an open platform to create and discover. Why would we want to restrict that?

What should you do this week?

Keep calling Senators Burr and Tillis to oppose the GOP tax plan. Rumors of a vote happening this week have been circulating. Let them know how you feel about the plan.

As for Net Neutrality, call or email the three Republican members of the FCC and ask them to keep Net Neutrality in place:

Ajit Pai (chairman of the FCC and the brainchild of this plan): 202-418-2000; ajit.pai@fcc.gov

Michael O’Reilly: 301-657-9092; mike.oreilly@fcc.gov

Brendan Carr: 202-719-7305; brendan.carr@fcc.gov