(12/15) The FCC voted yesterday to kill net neutrality. We’re keeping this space updated with what that means for us, how (and when) it will affect us, and what we can all do about it.
First action item: Call your members of congress. This link gives you their contact information. Note: This info. is only for their Washington D.C. office. Click on each member’s webpage to find their local office contact info. Then call both locations for each of your congress members. Pro tip: Put it in your calendar to call them on a regular basis.
Communication, however imperfect, is the fundamental to society. To our society. Enabling debilitating access to information obtained via any format suppresses free speech, places an even heavier financial burden on public school budgets, and contributes to insurmountable challenges for small businesses.
An open internet does not stifle investment or innovation.
In three weeks (Dec. 14th) the FCC will vote to end net neutrality. That vote could negatively impact us. All of us.
Let’s protect our right to go where we want to go and do what we want to do on the internet. 5calls.org and jointhebattleforthenet.com offer many ways to make our voices heard, from calling and writing our members of congress to ready-made alerts and banners for our social spaces.
Why preserving net neutrality matters:
Explainer video here (:34).
Another explainer video with more detail here (6:19)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s position in favor of net neutrality here.
Nov. 27, 2017 letter from hundreds of businesses to the Chairman of the FCC in favor of preserving net neutrality.
Op-Ed from member of the FCC in support of net neutrality. “Net Neutrality is the right to go where you want and do what you want on the internet without your broadband provider getting in the way. It means your broadband provider can’t block websites, throttle services or charge you premiums if you want to reach certain online content.”
Her profile here.
Regardless of political orientation, this affects us all. We will all suffer the consequences of ending net neutrality.
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