This is the first in a series of posts by Chris Riley, Free Press Policy Counsel, to summarize the primary policy recommendations made in recent comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission in its open Internet proceeding. Today’s topic: nondiscrimination.
It’s been one amazing week for Net Neutrality. More than 20,000 people filed pro-Net Neutrality comments with the FCC before the docket closed at midnight Thursday night. It was a remarkable outpouring of public support.
They've called us pirates, pigs, lunatics and communists. They've funneled their money to PR firms that spin the media about the "evils" of Net Neutrality -- the principle that protects our online freedom.
Because nearly two million people have stood up for an open Internet, they're trying to knock us down.
These days, if a business doesn’t have a Web presence, it might as well bag its brilliant ideas and close its doors. That’s why nearly 100 small business owners have signed a letter to the FCC urging the agency to adopt a strong Net Neutrality rule to safeguard the open Internet.
For marginalized groups, the Internet is a powerful vehicle for equal opportunity and empowerment. It creates social change by allowing people to speak for themselves without having to convince large media companies that their voices are worthy of being heard.
The Internet is and always was intended to be an open and neutral network. Right now, the FCC is crafting rules that will decide whether it stays that way. Thursday, in fact, is the last day for the public to submit comments on the proposed rules.
Have you told the FCC you support Net Neutrality yet?
If not, what are you waiting for? Even as you read this post, you could already be letting the FCC know how important the Internet is to you and why you want them to protect it by passing a strong Net Neutrality rule.