How to Support Net Neutrality

10 Sep

There are a lot of tweets and facebook posts asking people to help support Net Neutrality (or as John Oliver calls it Preventing Cable Company Fuckery), but I haven’t found everything we can do in one place. I’m compiling a list that will take you 15 minutes to complete. Take the time. If everyone doesn’t stand up, we’re all going to get knocked down.

Sign a Letter to Congress

This one is pretty simple, head over to this site. Enter your name, address, email and zip code. You will automatically sign a petition that will be sent to Congress to prevent cable company fuckery. 

Call Your Congressman

A little more work, but the call will take you five minutes. Head over to this site and after entering your phone number, they will call you and redirect the call to your Congressman’s public voicemail. Mine was full by 10 AM but that’s no reason not to give them a call. If you do get through, read this:

I am [your name] calling from [your address]. Please support Net Neutrality. I am against the FCC rule that would propose two tier internet and I am for Net Neutrality.

Contact the FCC directly:

This last one will take a little more time, but I’ve done my best to make it as simple as possible! Please click the link, then copy paste the quote into your comment. These comments are open to the public and I picked the ones I thought would be best received by government douche bags.

There are three FCC proceedings that directly oppose preventing cable company fuckery that are open to comments by the public: 14-57, 14-90, and 14-28. If the links below do not work, use the FCC link above and click the number to enter your comment.


14-57 Applications of Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable Inc. for Consent to Assign or Transfer Control of Licenses and Applications

I am against the merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast.


14-90  AT&T- DIRECTV Consent to the Transfer of Licenses

This merger would create an unjust cable monopoly and goes against the ideas put 
forth in the Anti-Trust Act.

I am against this merger.


14-28 Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

Dear Chairman Wheeler:

We are writing to urge you to implement strong and unambiguous net neutrality rules that protect the Internet from discrimination and other practices that will impede its ability to serve our democracy, empower consumers, and fuel economic growth. Erecting toll booths or designating fast lanes on the information superhighway would stifle free speech, limit consumer choice, and thwart innovation.

The FCC must act in a clear and decisive way to ensure the Internet does not become the bastion of powerful incumbents and carriers, but rather remains a place where all speakers, creators, and innovators can harness its power now and in the future. The Internet is a staple of our lives and our economy. The FCC should protect access to the Internet under a Title II framework, with appropriate forbearance, thereby ensuring greater regulatory and market certainty for users and broadband providers.

To ensure that the Internet fulfills its promise of being a powerful, open platform for social, political, and economic life, the FCC must adopt a rule against blocking, a bright-line rule against application-specific discrimination, and a rule banning access fees. These principles of fairness and openness should not only apply to the so-called last-mile network, but also at points of interconnection to the broadband access provider’s network. Likewise, strong net neutrality rules must apply regardless of whether users access the Internet on fixed or mobile connections.

The FCC’s proposed rules would be a significant departure from how the Internet currently works, limiting the economic and expressive opportunity it provides. Investors, entrepreneurs, and employees have invested in businesses based on the certainty of a level playing field and equal-opportunity marketplace. The proposal would threaten those investments and undermine the necessary certainty that businesses and investors need going forward. The current proposed rules, albeit well-meaning, would be far-reaching. Erecting new barriers to entry would result in 

fewer innovative startups, fewer micro-entrepreneurs, and fewer diverse voices in the public square. The FCC should abandon its current proposal and adopt a simple rule that reflects the essential values of our free markets, our participatory democracy, and our communications laws.

When the history of the Internet is written, 2014 will be remembered as a defining moment. This FCC will be remembered either for handing the Internet over to the highest bidders or for insuring that the conditions of Internet openness remain for the next generation of American entrepreneurs and citizens. We urge you to take bold and unequivocal action that will protect the open Internet and the opportunity it affords for innovation, economic development, communication, and democracy itself.


Share all these links! Help us protect an open Internet. Don’t understand the battle? Check out this video by the wonderfully witty John Oliver who explains Net Neutrality perfectly:

 

Still don’t understand what this FCC ruling will mean? This picture will help you understand:

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