As you know on Thursday, December, 14th 2017 a 2-3 vote from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality that was signed into law by President Obama.
What is net neutrality and why it matters?
Net neutrality required all internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all internet data exactly the same and they cannot throttle (slow down) or block access to legal websites. They also cannot create something similar to the high-occupancy vehicle lane or known as the HOV or is it internet terms the fast lane which some websites such as Google, Facebook would be able to afford to use the fast lane while small sites like us wouldn't be able to use the fast lane. This would also not allow new tech companies and other companies to fairly compete in the market.
Net neutrality is not dead yet, but it needs your help to save it.
On Monday, April, 23rd 2018 net neutrality rules officially ended however Congress does have the powers to reverse the FCC's decision which is called Congressional Review Act which is commonly referred to as CRA.
According to The Verge they say that under CRA any 30 Senators can force a vote to be scheduled rather than waiting for a committee decision. (Source 1)
How can you help?
There are a few ways that you can get involved and help save net neutrality, so here are just a few ways that you can help:
- Go to https://redalert.battleforthenet.com and sign the petition and spread the word about it.
- Send a text; see who should send a text to by seeing this tweet https://twitter.com/fightfortheftr/status/994215228433809409.
- Call your Senators and tell them do not let net neutrality die. Find out who you’re Senators are by seeing this link https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact.
- Reach out to them on Facebook and Twitter to tell them do not let net neutrality die, you can find out who you’re Senators are by seeing this link https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact.