Save net neutrality in the US—again

A free, open internet is once again at stake. Now more than ever before, it’s time to make a ruckus.

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The fight for net neutrality isn’t over

Two years ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed the Open Internet Order—a set of regulations allowing people to freely access and interact with information online, and protecting them from potential discriminatory practices by internet service providers (ISPs).

Now an effort to repeal the order is underway. In June, FCC chairperson Ajit Pai shared his intentions to get rid of the 2015 regulations. Pai released his proposal on November 21. The FCC will vote on December 14. Then it will be up to Congress to follow with a legislative fix.

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What’s at stake?

Even though people from both parties support net neutrality, policymakers are threatening the regulations again. We still know what’s at stake: an internet protected from ISPs discriminatory practices like blocking or slowing down website traffic, and added fees.

A slower, more expensive internet isn’t just inconvenient. It shuts down opportunities for developers to innovate, ship software, and advance their careers. Here’s how Commissioner Clyburn puts it in her fact sheet.

[This proposal] threatens innovation at the edge, by allowing broadband providers to charge tolls to access their customers. [It] enables offerings that favor the vertically integrated broadband provider’s own content and services over those of consumers and innovators who rely on the Internet to grow their own businesses and stay informed.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Another call to save the internet

Over the years, thousands of people and organizations have protested repeated threats to net neutrality regulations. Together, we’ve made millions of phone calls, comments, and posts. Congress heard us in 2014, and we need them to hear us again.

I think the FCC needs to work for the public and therefore that this proposal needs to be slowed down and eventually stopped. In the time before the agency votes, anyone who agrees should do something old-fashioned: Make a ruckus.

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Make a ruckus

Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel, as well as supporters of net neutrality in the FCC have urged the public to “make a ruckus”, so let’s make one. Let Congress know you care about net neutrality regulations.

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