Senator Kennedy Net Neutrality Call Script


On December 15, 2017 the FCC voted 3-2 to eliminate the net neutrality protections that have served as the foundation of the free and open internet since it was created. Net neutrality is the principle that all internet traffic must treated equally; it’s why you can stream Netflix and Hulu at roughly the same speed and at no extra cost. This means that net neutrality is mere weeks away from being a thing of the past—unless Congress acts now, starting in the Senate, to stop the FCC.

Luckily, the Congressional Review Act gives Congress the power to undo rules issued by federal agencies by passing a “resolution of disapproval.” In the Senate, Democrats can force a vote on a resolution that would undo the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality—a rare tactic that they must take advantage of. 50 Senators (all 49 Democrats and Susan Collins) have come out in support of Senator Ed Markey’s resolution to protect net neutrality. If we can get #OneMoreVote from a Republican Senator, we will win in the Senate—and Senator John Kennedy is a key target.

Senator Kennedy has been on the fence for months about whether he should support the resolution. He’s sent mixed signals about his position; he has publicly stated that “it’s a very, very close call” and that “there are very good arguments on both sides,” but he’s also sponsored legislation that would undermine net neutrality. We need to send Senator Kennedy a clear message that we expect him to stand with his constituents, not Comcast and Big Telecom. Call Senator Kennedy today and tell him: Support Senator Markey’s CRA resolution to protect net neutrality.

Sample Call Script

Caller: Hi! My name is <NAME> and I’m from <PART OF STATE>. I’m calling to let Senator Kennedy know that I strongly support Senator Markey’s CRA resolution to uphold net neutrality and preserve the internet as we know it.

If staffer brings up legislation Sen. Kennedy introduced

Staffer: Thanks for your call. Senator Kennedy agrees that net neutrality is important; that’s why he introduced legislation in the Senate to protect it.

Caller: The legislation Senator Kennedy proposed would undermine net neutrality, not protect it. It bans states from adopting their own net neutrality laws, and does nothing to protect consumers from ISP practices like creating internet fast lanes. We need comprehensive legislation to protect net neutrality permanently, but Senator Kennedy’s bill isn’t a solution at all.

Staffer: I’ll pass along your thoughts to the Senator.

Caller: Please do, and please take down my name and contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides.

If staffer says Sen. Kennedy is undecided

Staffer: Thanks for your call. Senator Kennedy agrees that net neutrality is important, and he is still considering whether to support the CRA resolution.

Caller: Senator Kennedy has publicly said that his decision on net neutrality is a “very, very close call,” but he should know that this decision is about standing with his constituents instead of big telecom companies. I have appreciated Senator Kennedy’s willingness to stand up for what is right on other issues, even when it isn’t easy; I hope that he will do so again to protect the free and open internet.

Staffer: I’ll pass along your thoughts to the Senator.

Caller: Please do, and please take down my name and contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides.