What is Net Neutrality?













What is Net Neutrality? The two Commissioners who dissented on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 3-2 vote to repeal net neutrality explained it well. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel candidly stated her dissent and the potential effects of the repeal on neutrality: “Net neutrality is internet freedom. I support that freedom. I dissent from this rash decision to roll back net neutrality rules. I dissent from the corrupt process that has brought us to this point. And I dissent from the contempt this agency has shown our citizens in pursuing this path today. This decision puts the Federal Communications Commission on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public. . . . As a result of today’s misguided action, our broadband providers will get extraordinary new power from this agency. They will have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content. They will have the right to discriminate and favor the internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road. . . .” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn stated, after the vote: “I dissent. I dissent from this fiercely-spun, legally-lightweight, consumer-harming, corporate-enabling Destroying Internet Freedom Order. I dissent, because I am among the millions who is outraged. Outraged, because the FCC pulls its own teeth, abdicating responsibility to protect the nation’s broadband consumers. Why are we witnessing such an unprecedented groundswell of public support, for keeping the 2015 net neutrality protections in place? Because the public can plainly see, that a soon-to-be-toothless FCC, is handing the keys to the Internet – the Internet, one of the most remarkable, empowering, enabling inventions of our lifetime – over to a handful of multi-billion dollar corporations. And if past is prologue, those very same broadband internet service providers, that the majority says you should trust to do right by you, will put profits and shareholder returns above, what is best for you. . . .” This vote is another hand-over to big money. We have seen this happen continually over many years, money manipulating elections and government at every level from local to national. I encourage you to voice your concerns to representatives at this step to remove neutral ground on the internet – and make sure you are a registered voter – ready to voice your ideas and opinions at up-coming elections. For more information on the potential impact of this vote visit this site.


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