Net Neutrality. Sounds boring. Sounds technical. Sounds harmless.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Five members of the FCC, including Chairman Ajit Pai, will vote on December 14 to repeal net neutrality. When this occurs, we will enter a period of unprecedented corporate control over the internet, where the free flow of information will be stifled and businesses/organizations will have to ‘pay to play’ for their information to be accessible online.
The changes to our internet experience may not be noticeable at first, and many legal battles will ensue. But if the FCC succeeds, our internet providers will be able to control our access to websites. This will hurt small businesses, entrepreneurs, independent news media, and other website owners who can’t afford to pay ISPs for fast public access to their sites.
Welcome to the decline of internet access.
Welcome corporate control of online information.
Welcome to internet inequality.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Register a public comment with the FCC:
- Go to the FCC’s page
- Click EXPRESS (on upper right side of the page)
- Enter your name (you must hit Enter ) and then the rest of the requested information
- Write a message conveying that you “strongly support net neutrality backed by Title 12 oversight of ISPs” and/or any other message you’d like to add.
Find a protest near you.
Write to your Representatives!
Call/email your members of congress and demand that they introduce legislation to protect net neutrality.
“I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality” by Jessica Rosenworcel
“What Actually Happens the Day Net Neutrality is Repealed?” by Dell Cameron