Massive Cable Companies and Internet Service Providers want to end Net Neutrality
- Net Neutrality is the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally – big cable companies and internet service providers (ISPs) should not be allowed to slow down or block web traffic to whatever websites they choose.
- These massive cable companies and ISPs, including Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T, want to repeal net neutrality protections so that they can extort money from websites to unblock or speed up access to their sites. Ultimately, these costs will be passed onto the consumer, and massive corporations will now get to decide what websites consumers can access.
- In 2014, when then FCC Chairman and former cable lobbyist Tom Wheeler proposed rewriting net neutrality rules to allow for paid prioritization of websites, activists and internet users alike submitted over 4 million comments to the FCC demanding net neutrality be protected. In 2015, as a direct result of these efforts, the FCC decided to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II, putting in place the strongest net neutrality protections in history and preserving the free and open internet.
- Now, Congress and the FCC want to get rid of these protections. If net neutrality rules are repealed, ISPs will be able to decide what you as a consumer should have access to, and the free and open internet we all know and love will cease to exist.
- THE SOLUTION
- What can we do about it?
- The FCC is currently accepting public comments about internet freedom, and we must demand they preserve net neutrality protections. If enough people come together – just as we saw in 2015 – the free and open internet can survive.