Net Neutrality Ends on December 14th?

Have YOU contacted your Political Representatives
urging them to SAVE Net Neutrality?

If I wanted to slip something hateful by the American Public
I’d do it at a time when they are busiest: Christmas Time

Take a minute, send a message

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the What Kind of World do YOU Want? Series

Important to ANYONE who blogs

The FCC is about to vote on its plan to kill net neutrality – Congress can still stop this travesty.  They need to hear from internet users like you — RIGHT NOW.

We have just DAYS to stop the potential for bandwidth throttling — and to sing out to make sure that additional online fees can’t be levied to give preference to certain companies and certain idealogies.

NOTHING we usually do online or in December is more important
than letting our political representatives know our thoughts:

My 2017 Christmas present to all of you

Although this is NOT a political blog, I am not going to be posting anything festive, fun or informational until this deadline has passed – and I’m going to remind you to ring in every day until December 14th.

  • Depending on whether we are willing to, collectively, stop this, my days of being willing to continue to support this brain-based, self-help, neurodiversity blog with many non-billable hours of my life may be numbered.
  • So nothing is more important to me than nudging each of you to make another call, send another tweet or email, and encourage YOUR readership to step up to stop this.

Think YOUR voice doesn’t really matter much?

So did well over 200 million eligible voters (231,556,622) who couldn’t be bothered to vote last November (the majority registered Democrats).

Political cronyism feeds on collective apathy — that’s what allows them to make deals, close ranks and do what’s easy.

If we won’t stand up for our own needs and desires,
why should we expect THEM to?

You have a voice ONLY if you use it

CONTACT U.S. Senate: Senators of the 115th Congress.


If you missed my first post about this issue and are scratching your head, PLEASE take the time to get informed.

Click the link immediately below to read about it and watch the extremely amusing 13 minute video included.

We need EVERY American voice to save Net Neutrality

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The Net Neutrality Issue Cliff Notes:

This push to end net neutrality along with with Republicans’ tax cut proposals are designed to appease the party’s wealthy donor base, only a portion of their war on the middle class and the poor.

To win, we need to bring more members of Congress onto “Team Internet Equality”— especially Republicans.

Republican members of Congress face massive pressure from party leadership to oppose Net Neutrality, partly because of lobbying by the cable companies (AT&T, Verizon and Comcast primarily), and partly because they have been encouraged to see it as “Obama era” policy.

Some Congressional Republicans are actually aware of the need for rules to keep internet providers from favoring certain users over others — but they won’t break ranks with party leaders unless they hear from tons of the folks they supposedly represent that Net Neutrality IS NOT and does not need to be treated as a partisan issue:

  • Net Neutrality predates Obama
  • It has always been a design principle of the Internet.


Find YOUR Representatives below:

For ANYONE who is NOT on board with broadband companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast (and the FCC’s Republican chairman, ex-Verizon General Counsel Ajit Pai, who has made undoing the government’s net neutrality rules one of his TOP priorities)  —  it is time to man the phones and fax, tweet, and email our US Congress legislators.

Demand that lawmakers NOT pass their tax cuts bill for the rich and that net neutrality is NOT ended on December 14, 2017 as is currently planned.


Resistbot will do it all for you. Text “RESIST” to 50409.

OR message Resistbot on Facebook and it will walk you through the steps to fax your Senator and will tell you when your fax has been delivered.


The main US Senate phone line 202-225-3121 (202-224-3121) or

Find Your Representative · – U.S. House of Representatives

Call FCC: 202-418-1000


Where do your members of Congress stand?
Find out, and tweet them!

Tweets are surprisingly effective.

Time is short to stop both the tax cuts for the rich and the end of net neutrality.
USE your voice or LOSE your voice!

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

25 Responses to Net Neutrality Ends on December 14th?

  1. Blackhorn33 says:

    Great article, BUT it is still NOT TOO LATE.
    We still have a BIG chance to overturn this.
    People just don’t seem to know or care that for the first time on this earth, education is nearly FREE…. but you can bet that it will be the first to go.


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  3. Bernadette says:

    Thank you Madelyn. I am going to send a text everyday going forward.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. paulandruss says:

    Good call to arms Madelyn. As the saying goes…If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. Keeping your head down is what has allowed every injustice in history!

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Thanks, Madelyn. Called, signed petitions and sharing this on Twitter.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Osyth says:

    The standing joke in my family, amongst our friends and his own colleagues is that my husband is one of ‘the men in black’ …. irrespecitve of whether he is a secret agent, has contact with alien life-forms or is simply what he says he is, he is absolutely passionate about privacy. As promised I shared this by email with him and he, I know has shared it amongst his colleagues. I am certain all will make their voices felt. As long as I can remember I have loved Orwell’s 1984 – that date may have passed but we are looking at a distinctly Orwellian future if we sit by. Please thing about reading ‘Eric is Awake’ by Dom Shaw. I highly recommend it. xx

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    • I would probably get along just fine with your husband and his friends (similar rumors about my late father btw). I read 1984 as a teen and the memories still resonate with shock and horror – especially in the last few months.

      I checked out the book preview of ‘Eric is Awake’ and shall put it on my TBR list, Osyth. Thanks for the recommendation. It looks fascinating, although I’m not sure I need more dystopian fiction, given the crazy reality here in America since last November.

      God help us all, since it seems that far too few of us are willing to take action to stand up to what’s happening — and/or that we focus our actions only far downstream, while the man that somehow got himself installed at the top seems more Teflon than Reagan.

      Gotta wonder at the recent call for Senate resignations due to allegations of sexual impropriety, for example, when Agent Orange was elected AFTER his taped bragging about “pussy grabbing” was played for a nation about to vote, and even a few female movers and shakers who believe the teens who accuse Roy Moore of Alabama intend to support him.

      Accusations: a new type of weapon in a new kind of war, perhaps – but never the right ones aimed in the right places to effect any real and lasting change for the better. Is it possible to lobotomize a nation while it sleeps? Perhaps that’s what has happened over here.


      • Osyth says:

        All I keep repeating to myself like a Mantra is that out of tiny acorns do mighty oak trees grow. My concern is the speed with which things are being whipped through giving no opportunity for the activists because make no mistake that is the only word that applies, to engage with the masses who are not taking any notice. The same is true in Britain with the Brexit nonsense. Tiny majority (if it even was one) and off they went helter skelter, pell mell relentlessly towards leaving the European Union and potentially handing the biggest mess to my children that any generation has had to face. In the US there’s all this bluster and shouting and hollering and I believe it is designed to mask the really evil things that are happening. Such as the issue we are talking about. I do hope we can meet some day …. I believe we would talk for at least a week but that out of our conversation would come a sure fire set of winning formulas. Then we would set about getting you prepared for the White House xx

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        • I would love to spend a week coming up with strategies with you, Osyth — but no way I’m up for dealing with the White House. As my father, Congressional Liaison at the end of his military career, used to say (jokingly), “You’re not prepared to go through the background check”

          Seriously – nobody in today’s White House is listening – to ANYONE about anything. Our only prayer is to convince BOTH parties in Congress that it is in their best interest to stop pandering to the idiots!!

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          • Osyth says:

            Your father is dead right (I love that line, by the way). I used to be convinced that I should go into politics (in my late teens and twenties) and then I opened my eyes to the realities of the personalities nearly always attracted to office and I couldn’t reconcile myself with that person. Greedy, egocentric, megalomaniac and almost always failing to serve the voters. We live in extreme times and in truth I don’t know what the answer is … the White House is an absolute mess and across the pond Number Ten Downing Street is aping it in its own way. And meanwhile those that need the help, those that should be able to expect a simple decent life are being left to rot. It sickens me. And now our own M. Macron appears to have decided that rather than even begin to look at the fact that rural France is literally dying, that he will make France a ‘world power’ …. Napoleon springs to mind. They are all the same. Selfish and greedy. Xx

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            • Sorry this has been languishing, Osyth – I haven’t been online for a couple of days (under the weather — things have been mostly autoposting).

              Yes – my Dad has been gone for a few years now, after a very long life. And yes, the White House is more than a mess — it is a national DISGRACE. It breaks my heart that England and France are following the lead of the Midas Merchants here in the U.S.

              GOD HELP US ALL now that net neutrality has been rolled back. I truly despise the GOP.

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            • Osyth says:

              I’m so sorry you’ve been under the weather, Madelyn – I hope you are feeling chipper and fettle again very soon. Unfortunately, ever since Tony Blair (who was supposedly a Socialist but was about as far from what I know as Socialism as you could possibly be) stuck his head up George W Bush’s backside and declared we have a ‘special relationship’ with the US, I have seen decades of Britain wedding itself to the worst of America.

              France has stood sentinel until now and I had high hopes for Macron. However, he needs to be less concerned with megalomaniac ideals of making France a superpower again and more concerned with attending to the needs of the people. A people who have seen unemployment at an all time high, a country where the divide between the haves and have nots is ever wider and a country where there is little hope for anyone under 25 (with unemployment at over 70% for that demographic) of ever being able to lead a simple life, working hard and raising a family.

              The GOP should all be systematically, in the words of a University friend of my husband’s be ‘hung, drawn and set to music’ – the last being orchestrated which becomes ‘or castrated’ in his little joke. We routinely use it in our household for the lowest of the low and the GOP are surely lower than that. Xx

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            • Thanks, Osyth, I can always tell when I’m getting better because I get grouchier and feistier as I get closer to health’s return.

              Meanwhile, it is such a pleasure to read your online comments, here and elsewhere – cogent, well-informed, essentially positive but not one of those “we can just sit back and think happy and everything will change vibrationally” pieces of well-intended pablum that actually increase my dismay with their misunderstanding of the Law of Attraction. Thank you.

              I TOTALLY agree with your impression of the GOP – lower than the lowest of the low — at least where the Party Leadership is concerned.

              I’m not sure what’s going on with those who register as Republicans and don’t rally to kick the sexist/racist bums out and transform their party (especially the women!)
              * Single issue voters with blinders on otherwise?
              * Folks happy enough with their own personal situations and too busy or lazy to fact check before they vote — or to keep an eye out for what their candidate is doing to our country since the election, simply believing those campaign promises he had NO intention of fulfilling and accepting his “alternate facts” at face value?
              * or those who live in more affluent areas, rarely reading anything outside their party-approved media and really have no idea how bad it’s getting for the lower economic strata?

              It disturbs me, but I do know a few of those folks personally. They are not bad human beings, but I TRULY don’t know how to relate to them anymore.

              What really gets me, here in America, is the GOP voter base of the poor and struggling who simply refuse to wake up and smell the pollution – still fighting “the Hillary wars” by kvetching about those emails, totally ignoring what their choice IS doing by focusing on what the GOP leadership insists that she MIGHT have done.

              I will also never understand the cowboy throwbacks — the so-called 2nd Amendment supporters who seem willing to vote for Gengis Khan himself as long as they can believe that there is no possibility of any change to the gun laws.

              Worst of all, I’ve been desperately working to forgive the 46.9% of American voters (approximately 231,556,622 people — the majority of them registered Democrats, and many NEWLY registered), who were simply too damned lazy to show up and VOTE, for making me live with the results of their apathy. I’m nowhere near there yet

              It kills me to read that the same thing is happening in Europe, however. What are the young adults in France doing? Leaving the country in droves? Drinking and drugging? Pillaging and robbing? 70% unemployment in that demographic is horrifying.

              I don’t know, Osyth – maybe your husband’s University friend’s idea of castrating the buggers isn’t so outrageous after all. Our “race to become superpowers” world could certainly use a LOT less testosterone. (Stepping down from my soapbox now – sorry to go on so long!)


            • Osyth says:

              Welcome back grouchy feisty sister! I have read and re-read your commentary and am flattered that you find me to speak some sense. You are extremely smart and informed. In honesty, I think that the way the Democrats can steal the show back is for them also to stop looking back. Quietly regroup. Find the right candidate and support them with all your might. Forget Hillary. It was a sham and a disgrace but be the bigger party and move on whilst the fools in the house sit around and debate what she did or didn’t do which has no blasted relevance to anything. The issue is always that the vast majority of people attracted to politics are selfish and greedy. This was why I followed Bernie so intently when I spent 2016 in the US because he appeared to really be an honest man who was motivated to help the country, the people, the poor. That poor people continue to be duped is down to a lack of education in many cases. In Britain it was the poorest who fell for Boris and Farage and their lies which to anyone fortunate enough to have been educated were clearly stuff and nonsense but those two (insert profanity of choice) duped enough to get a narrow victory and now I watch my country of birth flapping about like a dying flatfish washed up on the strand. That same approach was replicated by the Orange one and the same demographic fell for it. Others too of course. In Britain there were many from old money who also voted out – why? Because they have had years of little return on their invested money because The Bank of England has kept interests rates low. No thought that they are fortunate to HAVE any investments when the poorest can’t afford a roof and there are no food banks to feed them. I could go on and on. Here, I have friends from Brittany and the unemployment rate for the young is 90% in that area. And no-one is addressing it whilst families sit and rot. I still have hope that Macron may pull through but until he stops believing his own hype I worry that we have yet another leader who is more interested in his place in history than in his people. The people who voted him in and still give him a high popularity rating. I hope you don’t take my ‘forget Hillary’ comment wrong. What I mean by it is that I worry that whilst everyone is looking back their eyes are not on trying to build for the future. I send you love and fortitude and The Bean sends her finest wags to Tink!! Xx


  7. Jodie says:

    Great reminder, Madelyn!!
    We all need to step up….
    Have a wonderful Monday!

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  8. -Eugenia says:

    I shared with my Twitter followers!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. I hope there is a way to avoid it… they sniff through our mail and our bank accounts… and now even the www … what next? will we get cams in every house and will our world become a giant big brother show?

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    • What will happen IF WE DON’T BAND TOGETHER TO STOP THIS is that
      * the big companies will control our access,
      * fees will go up,
      * bandwidth will go down,
      * content they do not support will be behind paywalls, and
      * they will be emboldened to go after Free Speech next.

      We stopped it before and we CAN do it again – but not if TONS of “can’t-be-bothered” folks fail to call, tweet, fax, email – and flood the SOBs with our promises to make sure they do NOT get re-elected if they don’t *represent* the people they were elected to represent.

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