Protect Internet Freedom: Net Neutrality

What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers such as Comcast and Verzion must treat all data on the internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.  Under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down, speed up or charge money for specific websites and online content. This is how the internet has always worked.

Why is Net Neutrality in jeopardy?

Just two years ago, millions of activists pressured the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to adopt the Net Neutrality rules that keep the internet the way it is.

Most recently, Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, plans to demolish Net Neutrality.

In May, the FCC voted to let Pai’s plan move forward. By the end of the summer, the agency was overwhelmed with more than 20 million comments, majority speaking out against destroying Net Neutrality.

December 14th of this year the FCC will vote on Pai’s proposal!

Aftermath

If we lost Net Neutrality the internet would never be the same as we know it. The internet has allowed people to break down doors of opportunity, spread awareness on important issues in the world the government doesn’t want us to know about, create revenue, and fight back against systemic oppression.

“Unlike the open internet that has paved the way for so much innovation and given a platform to people who have historically been shut out, it would become a closed-down network where cable and phone companies call the shots and decide which websites, content or applications succeed.”

Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to decide who is heard and who isn’t. They’d be able to block websites or content they don’t like or applications that compete with their own offerings.

The consequences would be particularly devastating for marginalized communities media outlets have misrepresented or failed to serve. People of color, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples and religious minorities in the United States rely on the open internet to organize, access economic and educational opportunities, and fight back against systemic discrimination.

Without Net Neutrality, how would activists be able to fight oppression? What would happen to social movements like the Movement for Black Lives? How would the next disruptive technology, business or company emerge if internet service providers only let incumbents succeed?”

In the past, we have won a decade-long battle over the future of Net Neutrality.

FCC adopted strong Net Neutrality rules based on Title II of the Communications Act, giving internet users the strongest protections possible.

But ever since then opponents have done everything they can to destroy Net Neutrality. And Chairman Pai — a former Verizon lawyer — is moving fast to destroy the open internet. He must be stopped.”

If you care about the rise of black entrepreneurs, saving your business itself, or keeping the hope alive for positivity and truth please help combat this plan! We have to wake up and pay attention. Why is this not front page news? They want to take away our rights little by little until we have nothing left. We can't let that happen. 

What can we do?

Tell your members of congress by using this site https://www.battleforthenet.com

Quotes and Sources from https://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now