SAVE THE INTERNET
Internet Neutrality and Freedom To Surf
Are Causes Worth Fighting For!
Your Right to Open Internet at Higher Speeds
May Be At Stake
We Have No Competition in the United States
An unregulated broadband industry will
close out competition and stifle innovation
out of greed and self-interest
Update May 15, 2014
The Federal Communications Commission proposed new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers. The Congress voted to divide the Internet into a fast lane for the 1% and a slow lane for the rest of us. Did you protest? Did you call your senator? Did you write a blog? Did you tell a friend? What did you do about this situation?
Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to open for public debate new rules meant to guarantee an open Internet. Before the plan becomes final, though, the chairman of the commission, Tom Wheeler, will need to convince his colleagues and an array of powerful lobbying groups that the plan follows the principle of net neutrality, the idea that all content running through the Internet’s pipes is treated equally.
There are plenty of umbrella groups preparing petitions and letters with links to easily contact your representative. You could try the old fashioned way of writing a letter.
Everyone Must Open This Government Document
Study and Read The FCC Document
Protecting the Internet against content discrimination by broadband carriers is crucial to protecting First Amendment rights in the age of modern technology. The American Civil Liberties Union wrote “Net Neutrality 101” and urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create strong policies that prevent Internet gatekeepers from exploiting their role for private gain. The report characterizes the need for “net neutrality” as a leading free speech issue of our time.
We have reached the tipping point in our fight for Internet freedom. Our representatives in Congress need to know that there is widespread support for legislation that protects the democratic nature of the Internet and prohibits telecom companies from blocking, impeding or prioritizing any content or services on the Internet.
Gabe Rottman, legislative counsel and policy advisor with the American Civil Liberties Union, had this reaction to today’s vote and proposed rule:
“This proposed rule leaves the individual at the mercy of an increasingly concentrated broadband market, in which the big players will be able to act as gatekeepers for online speech, deciding what gets seen and when. Fortunately, the FCC left the door open to fix this problem by reclassifying broadband internet service as what it really is: a public utility, or in legal terms, a ‘common carrier,’ which we will continue to vigorously advocate for. This is a First Amendment issue because if broadband service providers are allowed to slow or block some content at will, they will be able to stifle the speech of internet users. The FCC must ensure that it has the tools necessary to prevent such blocking or discrimination against certain types of content.”
On January 14, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s open internet rules, commonly known as “Net Neutrality” because ISPs are not classified as “common carriers”. This ruling allows ISPs to charge companies for access to its users and charge users for access to certain services. Fewer companies will be able to afford access for innovative ideas and products.
We urge the President to direct the FCC to classify ISPs as “common carriers” so that the words of the FCC chairman may be fulfilled: “I am committed to maintaining our networks as engines for economic growth, test beds for innovative services and products, and channels for all forms of speech protected by the First Amendment.”
FREE PRESS. We have the power to decide, only with your action and participation across America. Listen to the voices of others who took the stand at the FCC Rally Protest. The rally outside the FCC was inspiring: Hundreds of people (and even some kids) chanted, drummed and streamed into the FCC demanding reclassification and real Net Neutrality. Thousands more are taking action online at may15.savetheinternet.com. And over the last few weeks millions of us have put the FCC on notice, making one thing crystal clear: An Internet without Net Neutrality is unacceptable.
Here’s what happened today: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler introduced his rules, which would let ISPs like AT&T and Verizon charge for priority treatment online. Meanwhile, Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel spoke out in support of prohibitions on paid prioritization and other forms of discrimination.
Phone and cable companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon are raising prices, cutting service, blocking applications, censoring speech and violating our privacy. Internet companies — both familiar names and others you’ve never heard of — are compiling profiles of millions of people, selling the data and raking in billions. And federal agencies like the NSA are plying these same companies with requests for the data of millions of users — issuing these demands in secret and in the absence of any real accountability.
Meanwhile, thanks to a lawsuit from Verizon, a court overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality rules on Jan. 14, 2014 — meaning that our Internet service providers are now free to block or otherwise interfere with online traffic. Policymakers on both sides of the aisle are trying to cut programs that guarantee universal access to communications networks. People around the country are at risk of losing basic connections — connections that, until now, we could take for granted.
Many were protesting in the streets.
THE REVOLVING DOOR IN OUR GOVERNMENT
If Tom Wheeler, the F.C.C. chairman and former lobbyist for cable company, has his way, then we will see a different kind of internet. Already, we have slow speeds with the highest costs of any nation. Yet, he continues to assuage our concerns, telling us there is no such thing as a fast or slow lane. Basically, we will not all get equal access to the internet. Please see the Appeals Court Opinion.
Listen to Alex Jones from InfoWars
Originally posted 2011. This has been an on-going controversial issue.
Demand Progress website contains an excellent list of campaigns to retain your rights. Senators Leahy and Hatch pretended to weigh free speech concerns as they revised the bill.
Refer to my Hubpages Article with many links and thoughts