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Congress & the FCC must hear from all of us now. This important comment period ends on TUESDAY at midnight!
There’s just thirty six hours left. That’s how long we have to get pro-Net Neutrality comments submitted to the FCC in front of their first comment period deadline — and save the Internet from the clutches of Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, and their ilk.
Net neutrality is the First Amendment of the Internet, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data equally. As an Internet user, net neutrality is vitally important. The FCC should use its Title II authority to protect it.
Net Neutrality guarantees all websites — start-ups, blogs, independent media, lolcats — an even playing field. It’s essentially the First Amendment of the Internet. It’s what has made it so revolutionary, and it gives all of us a voice.
But the cable companies want to gut Net Neutrality to increase their profits. Without Net Neutrality, those corporations can kill websites by relegating them to slow lanes if they don’t pay fees — or if they just don’t like the content they contain. That threatens not only the Internet that we love, but the very foundations of a free society.
Most Americans have only one choice for truly high speed Internet: their local cable company. This is a political failure, and it is an embarrassment. America deserves competition and choice.
Without net neutrality, a bad situation gets even worse. These ISPs will now be able to manipulate our Internet experience by speeding up some services and slowing down others. That kills choice, diversity, and quality.
It also causes tremendous economic harm. If ISPs can speed up favored services and slow others, new businesses will no longer be able to rely on a level playing field. When ISPs can slow your site and destroy your business at will, how can any startup attract investors?
Americans use the Internet for conversation and fun, but also for work and business. When you let ISPs mess with our Internet experience, you are attacking our social lives, our entertainment, and our economic well being. We won’t stand for it.
ISPs are opposing Title II so that they can destroy the FCC’s net neutrality rules in court. This is the same trick they pulled last time. Please, let’s not be fooled again. Title II is the strong, legally sound way to enforce net neutrality. Use it.
Just a few months ago, FCC was poised to undermine Net Neutrality all together. Because we all pushed back, now they’re considering adopting rules that would save it, and protect the web for the long term.
But they’ll only do so if we speak out again, even louder.
The cable companies have armies of lobbyists and public relations firms — and since they own so much of the communications infrastructure, it’s especially easy for them to push their propaganda.
But we have millions of people on our side — and our only chance of beating the cable companies is if we all take a stand, together.
John Oliver explains the controversy and lets viewers know how they can voice their displeasure to the FCC.
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