Healthcare is probably going to be the big story this week, as it should be. The Senate Republicans are busy screwing us out of our healthcare, and they’re doing it behind closed doors, as fast as they can, and without letting anyone get a word in edgewise.
(Which reminds me: Have you called your senators today to bitch about the Senate GOP healthcare shenanigans? Call them right now.)
But as big a deal as the Senate’s health care BS is, there’s another big deal brewing in the background: Net neutrality.
That’s right. It’s back. You may remember how we all got together and saved net neutrality a few years ago. We had the big Internet Blackout Day, and everyone called and emailed the FCC and we made a big old stink until the FCC regulated the Internet as a Title II utility. And then most people dusted off their hands, said, “Well, there’s that sorted,” and went back to ignoring it.
Except, as a lot of people said at the time, the problem still wasn’t really sorted. The protections we won were easily reversible. And the new current head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, intends to reverse them, a move that’ll leave our ISPs free to screw us as hard as they want when it comes to an open Internet.
So, after you call your senator to bitch about Republicare, head to www.BattleForTheNet.com. Join the Day of Action for Net Neutrality, happening July 12. Head over to the FCC and leave a comment explaining why we need net neutrality. Lifehacker has instructions and tips for how to do that. You can also comment with a customized form letter through the Electronic Frontier Foundation, here.
Plans for what will happen on the Day of Action haven’t been released, but I expect you’ll get updates and news in your email when you sign up for it, so stay tuned for details.