Hands Off My Internet!

20140211_netneutrality_fbNet neutrality—the principal that protects our right to a free and open Internet—could go the way of the dinosaur, thanks to a recent court decision. We need your help to fix it, before the Internet is open to the highest bidder!

Net neutrality means that Internet Service Providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon can’t discriminate against certain Internet traffic. Whether a small-town blogger or CNN, a mom-and-pop-shop or Walmart, anyone has the right to disseminate information via the Internet, and consumers have the right to access all information without restrictions.

But net neutrality has always had its enemies. Big ISPs want to eliminate net neutrality so that they can charge web producers for their content. Website operators would have to pay big bucks to avoid ISPs blocking content or slowing service—and you better believe those fees will be passed down to consumers!

The ISPs won a major victory in January, when a federal appeals court struck down the “Open Internet Order” that allowed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate ISPs and preserve net neutrality.

But there’s still hope! If the FCC can reclassify ISPs as “common carriers”–meaning telecommunications providers–they would again be subject to regulation, and net neutrality would be saved!

Please use CUB’s Action Network now to ask the FCC to use its authority to restore net neutrality and protect the open Internet!

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About Jim Chilsen

Jim is director of communications for the Citizens Utility Board (CUB)
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