The FCC just announced its plan to slash net neutrality rules, allowing Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to block apps, slow websites, and charge fees to control what you see & do online. They vote December 14th. But if Congress gets enough calls, *they* can stop the FCC.
Cable companies are famous for high prices and poor service. Several rank as the most hated companies in America. They've lobbied the FCC and Congress to end net neutrality. Why? It's simple: if they win the power to slow sites down, they can bully any site into paying millions to escape the "slow lane."
This would amount to a tax on every sector of the American economy. Every site would cost more, since they'd all have to pay big cable. Worse, it would extinguish the startups and independent voices who can't afford to pay. If we lose net neutrality, the Internet will never be the same. #NetNeutrality
1. You can connect directly with your Members of Congress through Battle for the Net. Suggested script:
"I support "Title Two" net neutrality rules and I would like you to publicly oppose the FCC's plan to repeal them. Please contact the FCC Chairman and demand that he abandon his current plan. We don't need legislation, we need you to stop the FCC from gutting the existing rules."
2. Join the nationwide protest at Verizon stores on December 7.
Why Verizon? The new chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is a former top lawyer for Verizon, and the company has spent millions on lobbying and lawsuits to kill net neutrality.
WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?
What Is Net Neutrality? (:48) (New York Times video)
FCC Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms (New York Times, 11/21/17)