The fight for net neutrality

Your internet freedom is under attack. Speak up and save it.

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is the idea that every site you access over the internet should be treated equally by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), the company you pay to get internet access. Currently, net neutrality is the norm. ISPs are not allowed to change your internet speed based on what website you’re visiting. However, that protection is all set to vanish.

 

Who doesn’t want net neutrality?

Big ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are pushing for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to destroy net neutrality. If that happens, your ISP will be able to drastically slow down your connection to, say, a competitor’s website. They would establish a “fast lane” and a “slow lane” where certain websites would load immediately, and others would load very, very slowly (or potentially not at all). Websites that agree to pay fees or sites that are affiliated with your ISP would be in the fast lane, while websites that couldn’t afford the fee, or that your ISP simply doesn’t like very much, would be forced into the slow lane. ISPs could certainly make greater profits with this plan, but at an extreme cost to customers.

 

Why is this important?

This segregation goes against everything the internet stands for. When access to the tremendous resources available online is severely limited by a corporate filter, everyone suffers. Websites for groups protesting against ISP power abuses, like Fight for the Future, would certainly get put in the slow lane. In this way, ISPs could very effectively censor the internet however they wanted to, suppressing the creativity, convenience, and collaboration the internet currently offers.

 

How can I speak up?

Battle for the Net offers a form you can fill out to write your congressional representatives directly about enforcing net neutrality.

You can also send a comment directly to the FCC about this issue. Net neutrality is the extremely active proceeding 14-28, Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.

4 million people have already taken some action to keep net neutrality, myself included. Will you take a stand for a free and open internet?

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