To the White House and U.S. Senators:

The Federal Communications Commission is deadlocked, and it will remain so until the Biden administration nominates and the Senate confirms a fifth commissioner. But we desperately need a fully functional FCC now: Millions of people are without reliable internet access in the midst of a pandemic, kids are sitting outside Taco Bell to do homework and people need to access information about how to get a vaccine.

The Biden administration needs to nominate a fifth commissioner who is not beholden to the telecom industry and will stand up to ISPs. One who supports reinstating Net Neutrality and Title II authority for regulating broadband like the essential utility it is. And who will expand broadband and ensure everyone — especially low-income neighborhoods and communities of color who have experienced the greatest harm by the digital divide — has affordable access to the internet.

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    We Need a Fully Functioning FCC ASAP

    Urge the White House and Your Senators to Demand a Fully Functioning FCC

    In the waning days of the last administration, the Trump White House and Republican-controlled Senate gave us one final parting gift: a deadlocked FCC. That deadlock has put some of our most important work on hold:

    • Having an expert agency fully capable of taking bold action to make internet access more affordable and hold ISPs accountable for their abusive behavior
    • Restoring Net Neutrality and its crucial protections against discrimination
    • Ensuring that people of color have the means to tell and own their own stories, with ownership of media outlets historically locked away in corporate conglomerates’ hands
    • Generally picking up the mess that Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, left behind

    Send a note to the White House and your senators urging them to give the nation a fully functioning FCC ASAP. We need a fifth commissioner today.