The Fight to Save Net Neutrality

On Jan. 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order.

In other words, Net Neutrality is dead (for now).

The decision in Verizon vs. FCC means that just a few powerful phone and cable companies could control the Internet. Without Net Neutrality, Internet service providers will be able to devise new schemes to charge users more for access and services, making it harder for us to communicate online — and easier for companies to censor our speech. The Internet could come to resemble cable TV, where gatekeepers exert control over where you go and what you see.

Without Net Neutrality, ISPs like AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Verizon will be able to block content and speech they don’t like, reject apps that compete with their own offerings, and prioritize Web traffic (reserving the fastest loading speeds for the highest bidders and sticking everyone else with the slowest).

We must push the FCC to correct the agency’s past mistakes and reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service. This will ensure our broadband communications networks remain open and accessible to everyone.

 

FAQs

Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now
On Jan. 14, 2014, the first era of the Internet ended. What will the next chapter be? Find out more about the Verizon vs. FCC court case, what happened to Net Neutrality and where we go from here. 

The Internet Is Under Attack
Our rights to connect and communicate are essential to our individual, economic and political freedoms. Yet corporations and government are constantly threatening these rights.

What Net Neutrality Means for Communities of Color
Thanks to structural inequalities in our nation’s media system, media outlets have been able to get away with marginalizing and stereotyping people of color. The fight to protect Internet freedom is critical to ensuring that communities of color control their own images and tell their own stories in the digital age.

Keeping the Internet Open for Everyone: A Primer (PDF)
On Sept. 9, 2013, Verizon faced the Federal Communications Commission in court over the agency’s 2010 Open Internet Order. In its challenge to the FCC’s Net Neutrality protections, Verizon claimed that it has “editorial discretion” over content that travels on its network. The court ruled against the FCC on Jan. 14, 2014 — but this is just the beginning of a long fight to save the Internet.

Arresting Development: Why the Comcast-Netflix Deal Should Worry You
Comcast is now charging Netflix for the right to access its subscribers. This is what happens when Internet service providers abuse their power to serve their own ends.

The Unholy Union Between Apple and Comcast: An Explainer
Comcast wants Apple to pay for preferential treatment. This is a violation of Net Neutrality.

 

The Internet Without Net Neutrality

The End of the Internet as We Know It
Without Net Neutrality, the Web could look a lot like cable, with the most popular content available only on certain tiers or with certain providers.

The Payola Internet
Thanks to the ruling in Verizon vs. FCC, phone and cable companies can start to prioritize access to the few online sites and services that can afford to pay them extra.

Verizon’s Plan to Break the Internet
Verizon has a big plan for the Internet. And if that doesn’t worry you, it should.

 

Learn More So You Can Fight Back

The Net Neutrality Court Case Decoded
Find out more about the case, what happened to Net Neutrality and where we go from here.

Reclassification Is Not a Dirty Word
It's time we got serious about the “R” word. And no, we're not talking about “regulation.”

The FCC's Shrinking Authority Isn't Enough to Save Net Neutrality
The FCC truly has no ability to protect the open Internet without reclassifying broadband and treating access providers as the common carriers they obviously are.

Five Epic Fails in the FCC's New Net Neutrality Plan
The FCC's proposal is a timid and ultimately ineffective response to the threats facing Internet users.

Verizon Escalates Assault on Net Neutrality
Verizon is already playing games with traffic to Netflix and other sites.

Net Neutrality and Privacy
The court decision has dark ramifications for the future of the Internet. But one thing is missing from the conversation: privacy.

Net Neutrality and the Future of Journalism
The future of journalism is bound up in the future of the Internet.

Ladies <3 the Internet
What does the Verizon v. FCC decision mean for women, and more specifically women of color and indigenous women?

 

Tell Your Story

The most popular page of any newspaper is the one featuring letters to the editor. You can use this soapbox to get the word out about the need to restore Net Neutrality. Click here for helpful guidelines about how to craft your letter.

 

Take Action

On Jan. 30, Free Press delivered more than 1 million petition signatures to the FCC urging the agency to restore the Net Neutrality rules. The signatures came from a Free Press-led coalition of digital rights, social justice, and civil rights groups around the country. Click here to see our letter to the FCC, and add your name to the petition below!

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Tell the FCC to Restore Net Neutrality
To preserve the open Internet, the FCC must reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service.

Sound Off: Tell Your Member of Congress to Restore Net Neutrality
Free Press members around the country are standing up for the open Internet and calling on the Federal Communications Commission to restore Net Neutrality. Get involved!

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