Net Neutrality: The fight’s not over

Last Thursday, the FCC voted to gut the Title II Net Neutrality protections, willfully ignoring the public outcry against such. We should not let chairman Ajit Pai have the last word on this, and that’s why we’re calling on Congress to overturn this vote. Urge your lawmakers to reverse the FCC’s Net Neutrality repeal today.

Congress has the power to restore the Net Neutrality rules we fought so hard for. Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can pass a “resolution of disapproval” that would nullify the FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality.

You may remember the CRA from last spring, when privacy opponents used it to roll back the Obama-era FCC’s strong broadband-privacy rules. Now we need to turn the tables and use the CRA to save the internet. Tell Congress: Overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality-killing vote.

The CRA empowers Congress to review new regulations and pass a joint resolution of disapproval to overrule any recent regulations it doesn’t like. Overturning Pai’s misleadingly named “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” would leave us with the exact same Net Neutrality protections we won in 2015. Think of it as a double negative: If we repeal Pai’s repeal, we could end up right back where we started — with strong Net Neutrality rules.

Contact your members of Congress today: Tell them to use a resolution of disapproval to overturn the FCC’s vote to dismantle Net Neutrality. As we fight for the open internet in the courts and in the streets, we need our allies in Congress to fight side by side for a clean rollback of Pai’s bogus plan. The Net Neutrality fight isn’t over.



The final push for Net Neutrality

Once again, the fight for net neutrality is arising. This may be the final push- If net neutrality is abolished, we’ll suffer for it, while the wealthy will only benefit from it. Small businesses will suffer. Entertainment will suffer- Only triple-A titles would be given reliable server connections. Smaller things many of us enjoy will not be able to pay for better access. News sources will be rate limited, unless they’re wealthy enough to pay for access, meaning that money will decide what information is presented. Even as far as political information given to the public could be so easily swayed. ISPs can be paid to block certain websites, or allow faster connection to others. We should all know the hazards of letting wealth control information.

Don’t let companies min-max their profits by restricting our access, our information, and our quality of life. Should net neutrality be successfully protected this time, it may finally be safe for good.

Learn more, and join the fight here.

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Net Neutrality and You

Today is the International Day of Action for Net Neutrality, hence this post.

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is the idea that all data should be treated equally by ISPs, no matter the source. This means that all data is delivered to you in the most efficient way possible without unnecessary delays or paywalls.

How does it affect me?

Without net neutrality rules, companies seeking a profit may implement all sorts of rules restricting or slowing access to content that they please. These may include:

  • Imposing a fee upon websites, which if not paid would result in reduced speeds.
  • Overall reduced access to more sources of information and entertainment, further consolidating and homogenizing the Internet.
  • Possible censorship of information if deemed controversial or damaging to business interests.
  • BitTorrent throttling en-masse; goodbye piracy!

Who is involved in the fight for net neutrality?

Many of your favorite companies and people are involved in the fight to keep net neutrality as law.

  • Mozilla (Firefox)
  • Twitter
  • Twitch
  • Netflix
  • Tim Berners-Lee (the creator of the Web)
  • Netflix
  • OkCupid
  • College Humor
  • Vimeo
  • Google
  • Airbnb
  • Reddit
  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • And of course, Pzk M!

What can I do to help keep net neutrality?

Write a letter to the FCC supporting net neutrality. Click this link to do so. Thanks for participating!

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Hello, fellow GSA, and fellow internet users.

As some may know, the FCC will make a vote on net neutrality.

What this means:

If the FCC votes not to support net neutrality, ISPs would be allowed to focus data on the corporations that pay more, leaving sites that do not pay in slower ‘lanes’. This could harm GSA to an unknown degree, slowing down wordpress, xat, Pb2, and other websites.

If the FCC votes to support full net neutrality, then all internet lanes shall be equal, giving users full freedom, and making the web an equal playing field for all sites.

If you are able, sign this petition, and let it be known that we, as a community, and as a nation, support net neutrality.

Mozilla advocacy

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