The basic rules that uphold the openness and freedom we love on the internet are under attack.
The free and open nature of the internet — what we call net neutrality — is in grave danger. Industry titans like Comcast and AT&T want the right to block or slow down some websites and services, while giving special treatment to others. But that would destroy the best part of the web! Right now, the internet is an open market for everyone to compete.
Net neutrality means no one has to pay Comcast a toll to launch a website that everyone can see. It means startups and amateur bloggers get to play on the same field as billion dollar companies and news organizations. But it also ensures consumers can choose what they want to watch, read, or play online without censorship or slowdowns from internet service providers.
The basic rules that uphold the openness and freedom we love on the internet are under attack. The new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and certain members of Congress want to strike down our net neutrality safeguards. If they succeed, nothing can prevent your internet provider from erecting online toll booths, slowing down our favorite websites, and restricting free expression on the web.
This is a critical moment for the free and open web. If you like the internet the way it is with net neutrality, fight back now:
If you want a free and open internet, where you can access the websites and content you like without barriers created by your internet provider, tell the FCC to protect net neutrality today.
The FCC has launched a two-stage period for public comments, with the first round open from now to July 17,2017 with a second stage for responses running until August 16, 2017.