Net neutrality is a huge concern right now. While you may think that your calls and tweets do not make a difference, let me tell you that it does. There has been a huge uproar in favor of net neutrality and people are taking to social media in order to have their voice heard. You too can be part of this movement in one way or another.
If you are new to the concept of net neutrality then the gist of the matter is that if there is no net neutrality internet service providers can block content that you can watch freely now, throttle internet speed for specific site, and charge extra fees for viewing content that you can check out for free right now.
There will be global catastrophe if ISPs are allowed to have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, split the Internet into “fast lanes” for companies that pay and “slow lanes” for the rest, or force individuals to buy special “tiers” to access the sites and services.
Senator Susan Collins from Maine is the first Republican lawmaker to come out publicly against the FCC’s plan to gut net neutrality. You can check out the following ways in which you can help support net neutrality.
United States Congressman David Cicilline said that he will do “whatever it takes” to stop the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to end Net Neutrality. The following is his statement regarding the matter:
“When working families pay their internet bill, they expect to get what they pay for: access to the entire lawful internet, not just portions of it. President Obama understood this. He recognized the importance of preserving net neutrality—the principle that consumers should get access to the entire lawful internet at the speed they pay for—by prohibiting blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of consumers’ access to the internet.”
Support Net Neutrality: How You Can Make A Difference
Support Net Neutrality: Contact Your Lawmakers
You can call your local lawmakers and make your voice heard. You can use this site in order to do so. Your Tweets, calls and posts do make a difference even though it may not seem like it at first. According to battle for the net:
Comcast, Verizon and AT&T want to end net neutrality so they can control what we see & do online. First, they want to gut FCC rules. Then, they plan to pass bad legislation that allows extra fees, throttling & censorship. But Congress can put a stop to all of this. Write them first, then call!
You can also contact the following people:
Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov
Brendan Carr: Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
Support Net Neutrality: Attend Or Host Protest
People are spending Thanksgiving by fighting for neutrality of the interenet. Having that said there are protests that you can join. If you know like-minded people then you can also organize one of your own but be sure to keep it peaceful. Violence is not the answer, it never is.
Support Net Neutrality: Volunteer For Team Internet
You can sign up to volunteer in order to help people that want to stand up for net neutrality. By signing up you can host or join a protest. Other people will also be able to join you and hence the government will know what you have to say and how the people feel about these laws against net neutrality. You can click here to find out more information.
Support Net Neutrality: Sign Petitions
Change.org has plenty of petitions that you can sign that support net neutrality. Some of them are old but new ones have also been made and they are getting thousands of signatures every day. You too can take part in making a difference with these small steps. One of the petitions is called Protect Net Neutrality From the Trump Administration, you might want to check it out.
Help us take a stand and do the right thing as part of the community this comes down to all of us. Let us know what you think about the FCC regarding this matter and how this issue can be resolved once and for all.