Defend America’s Internet

  Defend America's Internet   

Our open Internet is under intense attack right now. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — the body that’s supposed to protect the web, ensuring it’s free and fair — is under new leadership.1 The new head, Ajit Pai, has Big Telecom’s interests at heart, not yours.2

They have already rolled back key protections3, 4 that ensure the web doesn’t become like cable TV — completely controlled by Big Telecom. But they want more, including the power to pick and choose winners and losers online by forcing some of your favorite websites into an Internet slow lane.

We have to say no to that vision of the Internet now. Tell Chairman Pai: "Keep the Internet open. Do not undo Net Neutrality."

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Protect the Internet's Founding Principles

We need to act now, before FCC Chairman Pai and his Big Telecom cronies undo the historic open Internet wins of the past few years.5 If Pai has his way, it will be harder to afford high-speed Internet, to hold the government to account, and for online startups — like the next Netflix or Google — to flourish.6

In 2015, we showed government and corporate interests that if you mess with the Internet, you’ll lose.7 After millions of Americans spoke out, strong Net Neutrality8 rules were put in place, ensuring that the Internet would be a level playing field, without “slow lanes” for those who couldn’t pay. It meant we’d have one Internet for all, not a two-tiered Internet.

But that open Internet is in danger right now.

Chairman Pai says he wants to take a “weed whacker” to those protections.9 While Pai, a former lawyer at Verizon, goes to bat for Big Telecom, he’s kneecapping up-and-coming web companies who won’t benefit from the same level playing field as companies that dominate the market today.

Pai’s version of the web means a slower Internet for us all, making it harder to access each other — our friends, family, and loved ones — and the wider world we’ve come to depend on.

We will be faced with a web where videos and content not owned by Big Telecom load much more slowly. This could mean we can’t access essential communications, and websites could slow to a crawl when we need them most.

An open Internet is also an incredibly important tool we have to hold politicians to account and revive our democracy. We need an open Internet to beat back corruption and hold the powerful accountable for their actions.

Defend America’s Internet. Don’t let powerful interests destroy the founding principles of our web.

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Footnotes:
[1] Trump names new FCC chairman: Ajit Pai, who wants to take a 'weed whacker' to net neutrality: Los Angeles Times
[2] An Anti-Consumer Agenda at the F.C.C.: New York Times
[3] Trump's F.C.C. Pick Quickly Targets Net Neutrality Rules: New York Times
[4] Trump's New FCC Chief Just Opened the Floodgates for Zero-Rating: Motherboard
[5] Ajit Pai on net neutrality: “I favor an open Internet and I oppose Title II”: Ars Technica
[6] The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide — and then walks in the other direction: Washington Post
[7] The day the Internet stood still: TechCrunch
[8] Net Neutrality: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
[9] Ajit Pai, staunch opponent of consumer protection rules, is now FCC chair: Ars Technica

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