Arts Advocacy Action Alert: Making Net Neutrality A Campaign Issue

There’s a fabulous post from NTEN CEO, Amy Sample Ward, that reminds everyone of just how important it is to make Net Neutrality a key issue in the 2020 national elections.

In addition to reminding everyone why Net Neutrality still matter and that the damage done in 2017 can be reversed, she provides a few key action items everyone can do to help.

…in the four presidential candidate debates held so far, there has been no mention at all of [Net Neutrality]…There are many reasons why this could be the case: the debates have been broadcast on commercial networks owned by leading opponents of net neutrality. Most of the candidates have received donations from ISPs. And the candidates themselves may not have an opinion on it. Regardless of why the topic hasn’t come up, we need to put pressure on the candidates and the debate hosts to name net neutrality. The candidates should be asked if they will reinstate the rules set in place under President Obama in 2015 and undone by President Trump in 2017.

Action Items

  1. Contact the candidates, especially any that you may have donated to, and ask they include their plans for net neutrality in their policy statements and on their websites. Ask them to speak about it in the debates.
  2. Tweet ABC Newsand Univision, who are broadcasting the next debate on Thursday, September 12, and demand that net neutrality be included.

[easy-tweet tweet=”@ABC @UniNoticias Ask candidates if they will reinstate President Obama’s 2015 net neutrality rules? If so, what is their expected timeline.” via=”no” hashtags=”demdebate,Destino2020″]

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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