Write and send an email to the FCC: Create real net neutrality rules
Two months ago, because of enormous amounts of grassroots activism opposed to FCC Chairman Tim Wheeler's proposal to allow internet "fast lanes," the Chairman held a small meeting with open internet advocates, including Daily Kos.
In that meeting, Chairman Wheeler made it clear that personal comments from real people, telling real stories about how the end of net neutrality would impact them personally, are the comments he reads and gives the most credence to.
Now, before the
July 15 July 18 comment deadline, these are exactly the sort of personal comments we need you to send directly to Chairman Wheeler.
Will you give us a few minutes of your time and use the space below to write a personal email, in your own words, to Chairman Wheeler? This is how you can make the biggest difference to save net neutrality, and thus Daily Kos.
In case you are not familiar with what is at stake, here is some background...
Net neutrality has been the default state of the internet since it’s 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 to regulate the internet as a public utility.
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. (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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