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Save The Internet

Save The Internet

Contact Your U.S. Legislators Today (before Dec. 14th) and Urge Them to Support Net Neutrality.  Your Opinion Really Matters!

Contact information for your legislators can be found by following the links at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/KY

Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Representative James Comer

What Happened:
The day before Thanksgiving, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai publicly shared his plan to dismantle network neutrality protections approved by the FCC in 2015 and affirmed by the federal appeals court in 2016. The new draft order is scheduled to be voted on by the five FCC commissioners on December 14. This would do away with rules that limit the power of Internet Service Providers – like Verizon and Comcast – to slow websites, block mobile apps, or in any way control the information we access.

Why It Matters:
Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all legal content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites. The basic idea is that telecommunications providers have to treat all data equally. The point is to make the internet an open platform where people can communicate freely, and businesses compete on quality and price — not by attempting to force consumers one way or another with their market power. Strong, enforceable rules like the one Chairman Pai plans to dismantle, are critical to the functioning of modern libraries because we rely on the internet to collect, create and disseminate essential online information and services to the public. Libraries and our patrons cannot afford to be relegated to “slow lanes” on the internet.

What You Can Do:
Right now, the FCC is not accepting public comments (that may come later), but strong disapproval from members of Congress (especially from Republicans and those that serve on committees with oversight for the FCC) could force a pause in the December 14 vote to derail net neutrality. Make your voice heard now by emailing your member of Congress to support net neutrality protections and to oppose any efforts to dismantle net neutrality.

More Information

So what is net neutrality? Repealing net neutrality would make it possible to provide tiered service — where the cheapest internet package would buy you access to, say, Netflix, Google, and Facebook and a few other big-time services, but getting the full internet would cost more. Independent websites would likely flood onto new sub-websites hosted by the Facebooks of the world, where they’d have access to a bigger audience but would also be subject to certain exploitation at the hands of the platforms.

Additionally, given the fact that telecoms also own large content providers (Verizon owns Oath, Comcast owns NBC, and AT&T is attempting to buy Time Warner), it’s also a guaranteed route for those companies to corral their customers into watching content provided by the same company. In a future without net neutrality, instead of being able to watch whatever is being produced by anyone, you’ll either just have to submit to whatever the local monopoly is willing to provide, or pay through the nose for a universal service (if they’ll even deign to provide that). So much for free-market competition!

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