Net Neutrality rules have helped the FCC keep telecom giants like Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and others from having control over what you are able to see and access on the internet, and at what speeds. Ex-Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai was appointed earlier this year as the chairman of the FCC, and Pai is now trying to repeal Net Neutrality. Without this safeguard in place, the big telecom companies will be able to carve up the internet into “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” in any way they want.
Why is this a bad thing? One example would be that Comcast would very much like you to view their streaming content, so they will be able to put Netflix, Hulu, and other competitors in the “slow lane” while keeping their own services at full speed. These other content providers will have to pay Comcast an extra premium to get back to the speed that they are already at now. These extra costs will be passed on to you and me, the consumers. Without regulations in place to prevent it, the big telecom corporations can charge you extra per site to access Facebook, your email service, Twitter, or any other website, the same way they do now for HBO, ESPN, Showtime, etc. with their cable television services. So basically the only changes taking place is that your internet bill stands to go up considerably, and big telecom corporations like Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and others, have control over your access and speed to everything on the world wide web, as well as that same control over all their competitors’ websites.
If we can’t convince one of the 5 members of the FCC who are voting whether or not to end the Net Neutrality rules in place to safeguard us and keep our speech and information free from censorship, then we only have until December 12 to convince Congress to stop the FCC from repealing these simple and crucial rules.
So what can I do?
- Click here to sign the Whitehouse.gov petition (PLEASE do this, it takes less than a minute)
- (In all correspondence to any people or entities listed on this page, please be concise and courteous.)
- Please go here and submit a quick letter to Congress! –> https://www.battleforthenet.com/
- Call, write, email, and fax (in order of importance) your representatives –> https://whoismyrepresentative.com/ (search by state to see your two Senators and all your members of the House of Representatives)
Let them know something along the lines of “I believe that all access to public information should be equal and never subject to discrimination, favoritism, bribery, or censorship. Freedom of speech, information, and communication is vital and necessary to Democracy, American ideals, education, and simple rightness. I specifically support strong net neutrality backed by Title II oversight of ISPs. Thank you.”
- Contact one or more of the 5 voters in the FCC deciding the fate of the Net Neutrality. The vote is currently 3 to 2 in favor of ending Net Neutrality. Changing only one vote to NO will save the day!
- Michael O’Rielly — Mike.O’Reilly@fcc.gov Michael voted YES to ending Net Neutrality, but seems the most likely to be persuaded to change his vote. Please contact him and let him know that the free flow of information is important to Democracy all around the world.
- Brendan Carr — Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov Brendan voted YES to ending Net Neutrality and has been outspoken about repealing the rules that safeguard us against oligarchical and money-influenced actions by the big telecom corporations.
- Ajit Pai — Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov Earlier this year, Ajit was appointed by Donald Trump as the chairman of the FCC. He is an ex-Verizon lawyer, voted YES to ending NN, and stands to win a big payday for repealing Net Neutrailty. You’re not likely to change his mind, but you can still share your thoughts with him if you’d like.
- Mignon Clyburn — Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov Mignon voted NO! She’s already on our side. You might take a moment to write her a quick thank you for her service to her country, American ideals, and standing up for what is right.
- Jessica Rosenworcel — Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov Jessica also voted NO! Taking a moment to encourage and thank those who do the right thing in the face of adversity is always a good thing.
- You may also contact those that voted to end NN by contacting them directly through their FCC website pages:
- Text “resist” to 504-09. It will help you send a formal email, fax, and letter to your representatives. It also finds your representatives for you. All you have to do is text it and it guides you through the simple and quick process.
- Post this page to Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else people can see it, do some quick research of their own, and determine for themselves if action is needed. (It really is, but people need to decide for themselves. And to make the decision, they at least need to know that there’s an issue! PLEASE share).
- TALK ABOUT IT. TELL PEOPLE! Direct them to this page or any one of the links provided here.
These are all free and relatively quick & easy things to do. Standing up for what is right for us all is our duty as American citizens. It’s what so many of our soldiers have given their lives for. Fighting for our freedom of speech and unfiltered, uncensored information is critical to Democracy, education, progress, innovation, and just plain rightness. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. The time to do your part is right now.
Here is what Net Neutrality is:
From the Communications Act of 1934, Title II:
SEC. 202. [47 U.S.C. 202] DISCRIMINATION AND PREFERENCES.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any common carrier to make any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services for or in connection with like communication service, directly or indirectly, by any means or device, or to make or give any undue or unreasonable preference or advantage to any particular person, class of persons, or locality, or to subject any particular person, class of persons, or locality to any undue or unreasonable prejudice or disadvantage.
from Communications Act of 1934, page 36
Not in the U.S.A.?
For those of you not in the U.S., please click here to sign the international petition