Write and send your comment to the FCC urging them to preserve net neutrality


September 15 marks the end of the public comment period at the FCC about the proposed net neutrality rules, which threaten the internet as we know it.

As the proposed rules stand, Big Cable and Telecom providers will lbe able to control the speed at which different websites load—including creating a fast lane for big corporations that can pay more, and slowing-down service to independent sites like Daily Kos that can't—to outright blocking content they don’t want on their networks.

Fundamentally, we are in a fight to determine who controls the internet—people or corporations.

We need you to help us win by sending record-breaking numbers of personal, unique public comments to the FCC. We are NOT sending form letters. The text box below is blank. Please do not hit submit until you have written a comment.

Will you take a few minutes of your time to write a completely unique comment below, in your own words, expressing why you think we need to preserve net neutrality on the internet? This unique expression is the most important way for you to make an impact at the FCC.

If you need some background, here it is:

Net neutrality has been the default state of the internet since its invention—internet service providers load all websites at the same speed. Now, Big Telecom wants to change the rules so they can extract more money from websites by making them pay to be served to customers at faster speeds.

In order to preserve net neutrality, the FCC needs to ban Big Telecom from creating these so-called “fast-lanes” which only large companies could afford. Start-ups and independent sites like Daily Kos would be left behind and crushed.

The FCC has tried protecting net neutrality twice before, and been defeated by Big Telecom in court both times. In order to legally prevent Big Telecom from destroying net neutrality once again, the FCC should assert authority it already has under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934 to regulate the internet as a public utility. This legal argument offers the most protection for real net neutrality to prevent ISPs from controlling content speed and blocking websites.

During a meeting with FCC Chairman Wheeler in May, he told Daily Kos campaign staff that he pays the most attention to hand crafted comments in the docket which share personal experiences. Right now, net neutrality has already received an impressive percentage of personal comment. We need you to add to that number.

Join the growing number of organizations, businesses, and people who are committed to battle for the open internet.

Please use the form below to write and send the FCC your personal story and thoughts about why an open internet, free from corporate control by AT&T, Time Warner, Comcast, and Verizon is essential to your life.

Original, personal emails are basically the only public comments Chairman Wheeler takes seriously. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK 'SUBMIT' UNTIL YOU HAVE WRITTEN A COMMENT. The text box is blank and does not contain a sample comment. (These comments will be part of a public record).

Below are a few writing prompts for you, if you need some inspiration. But please don't send exactly what we have suggested. The most important thing is that the email comes from you, in your words, to urge Chairman Wheeler to protect real net neutrality.

How do you feel about allowing Big Telecom to extract more money from companies that operate on the internet and allowing Internet Service Providers to make deals that would prioritize content consumers can access?

Are you a student, educator, business owner, tele-health user, or any other person that depends on the internet?

Are you concerned about the first amendment implications of prioritizing, blocking, or slowing down access to information on the internet?

Why are you concerned about a pay-to-play internet arrangement with Big Telecom as gatekeepers? Tell the FCC why net neutrality is important to you.

Links to look at: Net Neutrality: How did we get here and where do we go now, This 13-year-old wants you to help save the internet, John Oliver on net neutrality "Call it preventing cable company f***ery", and FCC Chair Wheeler's convoluted path to net neutrality

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