What is net neutrality?
“Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating most of the Internet must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.” (Wikipedia)
Net neutrality is a non-partisan issue. It affects equally Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals. It is as easy for a company to determine that you don’t get to read or watch Fox News or Breitbart as it is for them to tell me I don’t get to watch Netflix or read the Washington Post.
Where can you learn more about net neutrality?
- On Wikipedia.
- www.EFF.org – The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Where can you learn more about Ajit Pai’s and the FCC’s current plan to kill net neutrality?
- Gizmodo: Here’s the FCC’s Plan to Kill Net Neutrality
- CNET: Net neutrality repeal means your internet may never be the same
- Ars Technica: RIP net neutrality: FCC chair releases plan to deregulate ISPs
- Ars Technica: FCC will also order states to scrap plans for their own net neutrality laws
- TechCrunch: FCC releases final draft of ‘Restoring Internet Freedom,’ which would not do that
Is there a chance something hinky was going on with the FCC’s net neutrality public comments?
Why yes, yes there is. You can read about that at Ars Technica and The Hill. Basically, though, the FCC got some 22 million public comments on its recently-released net neutrality plan, a sizable percentage of which were fake and in support of killing net neutrality. The New York Attorney General is trying to investigate this because the identities of a couple hundred thousand New Yorkers were used in the fraudulent comments, but the FCC is stonewalling his investigation.
What can you do to help save net neutrality?
- Call your senators and representatives in Congress. Use CallYourRep.co or 5Calls.org.
- Call the FCC. Their number is 1 (888) 225-5322. Call FCC Chair Ajit Pai: 202-418-1000. You’ll probably have to leave both a voicemail.
- Protest. There will be organized protests all around the nation on December 7th at Verizon stores. You can read about it here.
Seriously, people. Make the calls. Calling is by far more effective than any other means of communication with your congressional representatives. Call. Call now. Call again.