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November 29th 2017
DEMOCRACY = NET NEUTRALITY
PROTECT OUR INTERNET FREEDOM
DO NOT LET THE FCC DENY OUR RIGHTS
JUSTICE DELAYED IS NOT JUSTICE: SPEECH DELAYED IS NOT FREE
Are you afraid of losing your online freedom? You should be. The FCC is about to repeal the rules of Net Neutrality by a vote on December 14th. Here are some actions that can save our internet freedom:
What is Net Neutrality? "Net neutrality is the principle that the ISP (Internet Service Providers) 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 or charge money for specific websites and online content." -- Wikipedia
Removing Net Neutrality will allow ISP's to impose a class infrastructure online, dividing the haves from the have nots. The internet will have a tiered payment plan: fees for fast lanes will leave behind those who are unable to afford the extra charges. Imagine walking on certain sidewalks only if you pay. That is the way ISP's will be able to distance you forever. Large businesses will eat small businesses -- and with no legal recourse. Even big business now has limits of monopoly. In cyberspace, it will have none.
Without Net Neutrality, ISP's will be able control the speed with which information reaches you, thus curating the content of your online life. The independent voices of small media outlets, of people in need, and of protesters could be stifled if they are in conflict with the agenda or bottom line of the ISP. Their content could be blocked altogether. As bad as the news is, it is far worse to not know what is really going on. Our safety and our democracy are at stake.
Repealing Net Neutrality is a threat to both our freedom of speech and our ability to read and hear the speech of others. The internet was created as an open space. Without Net Neutrality, it could turn into slums and gated communities.
Do you want corporations curating everything you hear, read and see? This is already a problem given the power of advertising -- of ads that reward the number of clicks, not the accuracy of the content. To repeal Net Neutrality could be the equivalent of giving most people pencils while the rich are on satellites.
Repealing Net Neutrality is a threat to both our ability to circulate our freedom of speech and to access the freedom of speech of others. The ability to circulate and access freedom of speech online has been afforded to us since the inception of the internet and it is our right. The internet was created as an open space. In these times we must be able to communicate and have access to all information --not curated content by corporations that have the power to disallow independent outlets to get through due to a conflict in agenda.
WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:
1. These three people at the FCC will decide the fate of the free internet.
Email them: (subject could be) DO NOT REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY. NET NEUTRALITY = DEMOCRACY. (email can contain) BY REMOVING THE RULES OF NET NEUTRALITY, YOU ARE TAKING AWAY OUR RIGHTS AND THREATENING OUR DEMOCRACY. THIS THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY IS FAR GREATER THAN WHAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY COMPREHENDING. YOU MUST VOTE FOR NET NEUTRALITY NOT NET DISCRIMINATION. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US.
2. BattleForTheNet.com has made it fast and simple to email Congress. (You can use the dialogue above)
Email Congress here:
3. John Oliver has made it fast and simple to comment on the FCC proceeding.
Comment on FCC proceeding here. Let the FCC know that they are threatening our very democracy by proposing the abolishment of Net Neutrality.
Net Neutrality preserves our online democracy -- the place many and perhaps most people in the world now talk to each other. We are also divided by illeteracy, no electricity, water scarcity, and much more. Don't let the FCC destroy our major way of fighting injustice.
Act now -- and come back tomorrow for more information.