• Indivisible New Rochelle

Alert for our Representatives: Net Neutrality = Data Privacy

Updated: Jun 12, 2018

On June 4, a number of Indivisible members signed onto a letter that was sent to our representatives [click here to view the letter]. We want our representatives to understand that Net Neutrality is about much more than fast lanes and slow lane, and that what is at stake is privacy.

We are asking that Indivisible members select elected officials they have either voted for or worked to elect, from the "to" list of the June 4 letter, and ask them to reply. They don’t have to agree with us, but should indicate they know our position--it’s a privacy issue.

As Indivisible members, many of us have worked for and personally know these representatives. We are asking that you reach out to your representatives on this issue as your voice does matter. Net Neutrality is confusing. Please ask our representatives to know our position. It's privacy. Let them know that we need need laws to prevent the carriers from reading our stuff.

Mr. Eliot Engel, Congressperson for NY District 16 - 202-225-2464

Ms. Andrea Stewart Cousins, New York State Senate Democratic Leader - 518-455-2585

Ms. Shelley Mayer, New York State Senator, District 37 - 518-455-2031

Mr. Steve Otis, New York State Assemblymember, District 91 - 914-939-7028

Mr. George Latimer, Westchester County Executive - 914-995-9500

Mr. Damon Maher, Westchester County Legislator, District 10 - 914-995-2817

Ms. Terry Clements, Westchester County Legislator, District 11 - 914-995-2826

Ms. Catherine Parker, Westchester County Legislator, District 7 - 914-995-2802 (or John Filberti 914-995-8016)

Here is some basic background on the issue. Our article, Net Neutrality: Protecting Our Privacy, explains the issue, but here are some basic points:

  • Net Neutrality is actually more an issue of privacy than “fast” and “slow” lanes

  • Carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and cable have to read our internet traffic in order to sort it into fast and slow lanes.

  • Do we want the mail delivery person reading our mail?

  • Data-as-commodity is a real concern

  • Working to Steve Otis and Eliot Engel on ways to add protections to existing legislation