URGENT UPDATE: The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet— and only Congress can stop it! But they need to hear from you.
DECEMBER 12th: BREAK THE INTERNET
Join #Love Army in support of Break The Internet, a massive wave of protests planned to sweep the entire web starting this Tuesday, as we count down the final hours to the FCC vote on December 14th.
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Right now, the FCC is trying to gut the fundamental right to a free and open internet. In April 2017, Trump’s FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, announced plans to undo rules that protect free speech on the internet and allow giant internet providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to control what you see, do, and say online. Net neutrality is the basic principle that your internet provider must treat all data (e.g. the websites you go to for news, to watch TV shows, to submit a homework assignment, etc.) the same online.
WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?
Net Neutrality is the basic principle that all voices online are created equal. It specifically prevents Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from blocking or slowing down access to websites.
Ending net neutrality will hurt folks on both sides of the aisle by threatening free speech and well being. Strong net neutrality rules ensure everyone online has equal opportunity to carry out essential functions such as furthering education, enrolling in health care, and applying for a job. Without net neutrality, large internet service providers gain control of the market, edging smaller providers that serve rural communities out. Without access to affordable internet access, rural communities will fall further behind.
A free and open internet is also particularly crucial to communities of color and pro-justice, people of color-led movements like #noDAPL and the movement for Black lives because it allows leaders to bypass traditional media gatekeepers and tell their own stories online, challenging mainstream media narratives and dangerous stereotypes.
If we lose net neutrality, we could face an Internet where people of color and community organizers are forced into a slow lane online, while deep-pocketed companies who can afford expensive new “prioritization” fees have special fast lane access to Internet users – tilting the playing field in their favor.
Love + Power,
-- the Love Army team