Hands Off My Net Neutrality!
Earlier today Ajit Pai, former Verizon lawyer and head of the Federal Communications Commission, cast the final 3-2 vote to repeal Net Neutrality; despite an overwhelming support for it. This decision affects EVERYONE who depends on the internet and supports net neutrality…and that includes YOU.
How are we supporting Net Neutrality?
If you use social media, research, watch movies, listen to music, shop and get your news online, or if you’re a student, teacher, artist, musician, gamer, investor, activist, politician, comedian, blogger, vlogger, YouTube star, etc., net neutrality is your friend. The FCC is supposed to protect us from censorship, high prices and poor service.
Net Neutrality is free and open access to the internet without censorship.
Definition of net neutrality. : the idea, principle, or requirement that Internet service providers should or must treat all Internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source, or destination. – Merriam Webster
After almost everything I’ve read, I’ve learned that this clearly boils down to money. An FCC fact sheet was released last week with a list of ‘myths’ followed by ‘facts’. According to THE VERGE, “the facts are often wrong, or directly confirm the myth that they’re trying to debunk.” For example,
The commission is arguing that if something didn’t happen in the past, it won’t happen in the future. Logically, this just doesn’t make sense. In 2015, my husband refused to even consider adopting a kitty. This year, in 2017, he changed his mind after a little coaxing from his 7-year-old daughter.
Meet the new member of our family, Muci (pronounced moo-tzi), snuggling up to our Wolf.
It may be a silly comparison, but the argument itself is silly with a relevant, worrisome, little-known fact. According to WIRED, “In 2013, Verizon—Pai’s former employer—told a federal court that it should be free to charge any site any amount of money to reach its customers.”
Regardless of your political affiliation, don’t you just want your Internet to be open, affordable, and accessible? Don’t take my word for it, do your research, ask around, and do it now! Do you really want to have to pay to use social media, like Facebook? Check out the following video, via battleforthenet.com, for a simple explanation.
Ajit Pai emphasized that consumers shouldn’t worry because we won’t notice anything different and we should trust our internet providers to be “fair”. Honestly, with internet providers spending millions in lobbying lawmakers and regulators, I have a hard time trusting our government with my money and my first amendment rights. Evidently, many companies feel the same way I do because music and tech companies to state attorney generals are lining up to sue the FCC over the Net Neutrality appeal.
What can we do?
Let’s begin by demanding that Congress use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to stop the FCC order.
Call 202-224-3121, Text BATTLE to 384-387 or write Congress.
The time to act is NOW. Join the online protest to stop the FCC and tell ‘them’, hands off our first amendment rights and our money! Right?! Right. ✊