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There's so much going on in our efforts for advocacy and the reactions of our communities, we hope this page helps to serve more information to let you know what it is that is currently happening. There's always an effort we're trying to push with issues, agenda, campaigns, political bill, events, and more.

CF Issues
December 5th, 2017 Petition to Save Net Neutrality

The ability to organize grassroots movements, whether locally or across the globe, is made possible by an open Internet. Since its creation, the Internet has become the world's megaphone for free speech, protected by the principles of Net Neutrality, which require internet service providers (ISPs) to give everyone equal access to everything you use the internet for -- email, watching videos, listening to music, or signing petitions on Change.org.

Without Net Neutrality, ISPs can choose what you see online, favoring some sources or blocking others. For example, if someone launched a petition on Change.org against a company like Verizon, Net Neutrality prevents Verizon from blocking or slowing their customers' access to our site. …

Continue reading more on Petition to Save Net Neutrality… CFILC Fact Sheet: AB 763 (Salas) Independent Living Center Funding July 19th, 2017 CFILC Letter of Support: AB 1665 (Garcia) Telecommunications: Internet for All Now Act April 10th, 2017 CFILC Letter of Opposition: American Health Care Act (AHCA) March 10th, 2017 See all Issues for CFILC…
Public Policy Perspectives
February 25th, 2016 • Henry J. Contreras, CFILC Public Policy Director
CFILC Opposes the Charter Communications Merger

Dear Chairman Wheeler, Commissioner Clyburn, Commissioner Pai, Commissioner Rosenworcel, and Commissioner O'Rielly:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set forth a bold vision to empower all Americans with high-speed Internet access in the National Broadband Plan. Yet, six years later, too many people with disabilities in California and across the nation still live without high-speed Internet access at home. The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) OPPOSES the Charter Communications merger.

Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Advance/Newhouse Partnership, the parent of Bright House Networks, have filed applications seeking Commission approval for their merger. The proposed transaction would bring together the fourth (Time Warner Cable), seventh (Charter), and tenth (Bright House Networks) largest multichannel video programming distributors in the country to create the third largest provider in the country, serving roughly 17.3 million customers. Additionally, the new company would bring together 19.4 million broadband subscribers, creating the second largest broadband internet provider in the country and would provide services to customers across portions of nearly 40 states…

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