Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rescuing Net Neutrality

Today the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the rules protecting Net Neutrality. For those of you who don't know what Net Neutrality is or why it is important, here is a post I wrote earlier in the year on the subject. Regardless, given how important Net Neutrality is to a free,open, and prosperous internet, many people are upset, particularly as millions of people left comments letting the FCC know that they wanted to keep the rules regarding Net Neutrality.

Despite the FCC vote, however, there is no reason for supporters of Net Neutrality to give up. Already a number of state attorneys general have stated they will file lawsuits to stop the dismantling of Net Neutrality. Both Congressmen and Senators are calling for legislation that would insure Net Neutrality is maintained. The ACLU and other groups have vowed to fight the changes. The changes would take literally weeks to take effect, but it seems possible given the looming legal battles that they might take longer to take place, if at all.

If you are an average American and wish to see Net Neutrality maintained, there are things you can do to help try to save it. Write, call, email, or tweet to your Representative and your Senators to let them know you support legislation to make Net Neutrality the law of the land. If your state attorney general has not already filed a lawsuit, contact him or her and ask that they do so. What is more, get the word out for others to do the same. Contrary to some headlines, Net Neutrality is not dead, but it looks like we will have to fight to keep it.

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