On February 26, 2015, the FCC ruled in favor of net neutrality by reclassifying broadband as a common carrier under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and Section 706 of the Telecommunications act of 1996. Now, with net neutrality under attack, Mozilla stated “Net neutrality is the freedom to say, watch and make what we want online without interference from internet service providers. The FCC has a plan to destroy net neutrality. It’s up to us to stop it.”
On Dec. 14, 2017, with the FCC headed by a previous Verizon lawyer, I fear that net neutrality will come to an end.
We cannot allow that to happen.
Two years ago, as a result of net neutrality, consumers were allowed to share and access information of their choosing without interference. Now, companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast will have the ability to not only interfere with accessible information but also to raise rates for specific internet services.
Net neutrality hinges on the American citizens to fight for an open internet.
Big phone and cable companies and their lobbyists have continually fought against net neutrality even though on June 14, 2016, a federal appeals court upheld the open-internet protections.
The situation is not only an issue of free speech and consumer protections. It is also an issue for the United States economy.
Let’s be honest and realize that large companies already dominate the market. We are talking about companies having the ability to shut out smaller companies, websites and innovation that would compete with them. That is not what America is about. That is not what the American Dream is all about.
Ensuring that American citizens have access to an open internet with limitless information – without interference from companies – will not be easy. We need not some, but every American citizen ready to join the fight. This will require Congress to stop the FCC and ensure that net neutrality remains in place. We are joining a movement with enough power to insist that Americans have more choices and better access to the information provided by the internet and that it is not hindered by a select group of companies looking to dominate, control and silence the flow of information to our citizens and the ability for smaller companies to thrive in the digital world.