We can’t stay neutral on net neutrality. Net neutrality rules protect the free flow of information on the internet free of discrimination, censorship, and corporate control. Dismantling it, which FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, a former telecommunications lobbyist, moved to do this week by scheduling a vote among FCC Commissioners on December 14th, would undo these protections and hand Pai’s former bosses an unprecedented level of control over how we use the Internet. There are two Democrat and three Republican commissioners. Jessica Rosenworcel (a Democrat) recently explained the consequences of ending net neutrality in an OpEd.
Wiping out net neutrality would have big consequences. Without it, your broadband provider could carve internet access into fast and slow lanes, favoring the traffic of online platforms that have made special payments and consigning all others to a bumpy road. Your provider would have the power to choose which voices online to amplify and which to censor. The move could affect everything online, including the connections we make and the communities we create.
All-of-us must speed up the fight for net neutrality.
- Learn about Net Neutrality from the ACLU here (including a very informative summary from John Oliver!).
- Tell Congress to stop this move by signing this petition from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and using this calling tool from the ACLU.
- Plan to attend a protest at a local Verizon store--details here.