FCC Chair Ajit Pai – a former Verizon lawyer – is about to let his corporate Internet pals roll out “fast lanes” for sites & apps that pay, and slow everything else to a crawl. Giant monopolies could control the Internet, forever.
To stop him, we have to flood the FCC with comments. (This link will take you to the page for Docket 17-108. It may be very helpful to read other people’s comments on this page by clicking them before you submit your own comments. Below the docket number on the left, click the blue words “+ Express”, then type your identifying information, which is required, and add your comments.)
The Internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the Internet. Unlike the open Internet that has paved the way for so much innovation and given a platform to people who have historically been shut out, it would become a closed-down network.
What’s at stake?
- ISPs (Internet service providers) could carve the Internet into fast and slow lanes.
- They’d call the shots and decide which websites, content or applications succeed.
- Legal censorship: They’d be able to block websites/content they don’t like or apps that compete with their own offerings.
- Activists voices could be silenced.
- Small businesses would not be able to compete with corporations who’d be able to pay for the fast lanes.
- A central driver of economic growth and opportunity, job creation, education, free expression, and civic organizing would be lost.