One of the freedoms we as America covet most of all is our freedom of speech. It allows us to speak out without fear of reprisal. Yes this means that Alex Jones’s horrific statements are protected, but that also means that citizens speaking out against a corrupt system of government financing are also protected.
Now what if that ability to speak out was hindered by corporations. This is the foundation of “Net Neutrality,” ensuring that everyone has open and unrestricted access on the internet.
In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order, which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service under Title II. The D.C. Circuit Court upheld the rules in 2016. The FCC’s Open Internet Order prohibits internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes, ensuring all online traffic is treated the same.
Think of it this way: What if Comcast or your internet service provider (ISP) could block websites it does not want you to see. If ISP’s had control over what content was allowed to be viewed by customers do you think you would be reading this post? Probably not.
Net Neutrality blocks ISP from charging more money or limiting connection speed for specific websites. Imagine if Comcast slowed down websites from their competitors like Hulu or Netflix.
This is why we need strong regulations from the FCC to ensure that the internet is open to all.
Go to the FCC’s website and leave a comment that the FCC should protect a free and open internet. Tell them to preserve Net Neutrality.
The current period to voice your opinion on Net Neutrality closes on Aug 16th 2017, but some members of Congress believe we should extend the comment period for at least an extra 30 days.
Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, joined 21 of her colleagues in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the reply comment period for its proposal to undo the Open Internet Order and net neutrality protections.
“This proceeding has the potential to impact all Americans and as the expert agency, you should ensure that the Commission provides ample time to ensure all voices are heard,” the senators wrote in the letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
(Full text of the letter can be found HERE.)
If protecting your freedom of speech is important to you, then make a comment on the FCC’s webpage. If having unrestricted access to the internet is important to you, then make a comment on the FCC’s webpage.
Make your voice heard, comment now!