You spoke up for an open web, so we delivered your call to Washington, D.C.
Today we went to the Federal Communications Commission to deliver the voices of 28,000 people demanding the regulator keep the Internet open and not undo Net Neutrality protections.
You spoke out for a free and open Internet, so we took your voice to Washington, D.C.!
Today I went to the Federal Communications Commission to deliver the voices of 28,000 people demanding the regulator keep the Internet open and not undo Net Neutrality protections.
The future of an open Internet has been in doubt ever since the FCC came under the leadership of Ajit Pai, who has said he would take a “weed whacker” to Net Neutrality rules.
Net Neutrality — the idea that all content on the Internet should be treated equally — was enshrined in the FCC’s historic Open Internet Order of 2015 — a hard-won victory that millions of you worked for.
Without these Net Neutrality protections, the fear is that the web would become more like cable TV, where only those who can pay will be able to share their ideas, videos, and content with a larger audience.
In that environment, innovators won’t be able to challenge existing players. That means that game changers, like Netflix, YouTube, and Facebook, would never have been able to get off the ground.
In the few short weeks since Chairman Pai has been leading the FCC we’ve already seen roll backs on protections for consumers, including cutting back a program that allowed for lower income families to access the Internet.
Just today, we saw another erosion of the FCC’s protection of the web when Congress voted against a privacy safeguard that prevented Internet providers from being able to sell your private browser history to advertisers — without your knowledge.
While at the FCC, we also joined with other supporters of an open web from Free Press, Demand Progress, Popular Resistance, and the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press to attend the FCC’s monthly open meeting and bring Net Neutrality to their attention.
Wearing “Protect Net Neutrality” shirts, about 20 people stood up and turned their backs as Pai started speaking and then were escorted from the hearing room, to make it clear that Internet users will continue to stand up for an open Internet.
Pai is moving fast. The fight for an open Internet is only going to get more intense and we need your help. Please add your voice to the other 28,000 now at act.openmedia.org/defendtheinternet - and don’t forget to spread the word to all your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
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