The last word on Net Neutrality

  The last word on Net Neutrality​

Undemocratic forces have been working to destroy the Internet we know and love — a magical place of dank memes and video streams, the essential backbone we use to communicate with our loved ones, our families, and our government — and we’ve given them the fight of their lives.

Big Telecom and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai opened up a consultation with an eye to overturning the Net Neutrality consumer safeguards — technically known as “Title II” — that the Internet depends on.

And what they got was more than 18 million comments submitted, the most in FCC history.1

With this kind of momentum, we can win the battle for the open web, but we need to keep the pressure on before the crucial final deadline on August 30.2

THIS IS THE LAST ROUND OF COMMENTS AND YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR VOICE ON THE PUBLIC RECORD: TELL THE FCC WHY WE NEED THE OPEN INTERNET.

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Here are some key points we suggest you make to the FCC — and remember, you’ll have more impact if you put these into your own words.

Already submitted a comment in the first round of the FCC's proceeding? That's great! The process allows you to submit a second comment in this round, so let's make sure you have the final word.

Regardless of whether you’ve already submitted a comment or not, if you need inspiration, the following points directly address how industry lobbyists have been trying to muddle the issue, and will help keep the record clear:

  • Eliminating Title II Net Neutrality will cause real harm. Chairman Pai thinks that without strong Title II Net Neutrality laws, telecom giants will voluntarily do the right thing and no one will suffer from slow lanes or pay-to-play inequality. This is untrue. Telecom companies have a long history of Net Neutrality violations, and the only thing standing in their way now is the current Title II law from the 2015 Open Internet Order.
  • We cannot have Net Neutrality without Title II. Industry lobbyists and big telco providers like AT&T and Verizon are pretending they want net neutrality and a free and open Internet — just not Title II. But courts have struck down all other attempted ways to reinforce net neutrality time and time again. Under current legal and political circumstances, Title II is the only way to keep strong and functioning Net Neutrality laws.
  • Net Neutrality law must be evidence-based. Chairman Pai claims there’s no evidence of harm or that consumers need protection from Big Telecom. But the FCC is withholding exactly this evidence from the public: 47,000 Net Neutrality complaints since 2015. Chairman Pai has also misled the public, saying that Net Neutrality harms investment, when Title II led to historic levels of investment in ISP networks. Without any evidence, the FCC has no leg to stand on to change current Title II Net Neutrality laws.
  • The FCC should not kill Title II Net Neutrality if it doesn’t even know how the Internet works. Nearly 200 Internet engineers, technologists, network architects, system engineers, and other technical experts submitted a comment that supported Title II Net Neutrality. These independent experts also explained how based on the initial consultation notice, the FCC has no idea how the Internet works or is deliberately misunderstanding so it can follow through with its harmful, wrongheaded plan.3

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Footnotes:
[1] Dems press FCC to extend net neutrality comment period: The Hill
[2] FCC extends deadline for net neutrality comments: The Hill
[3] The FCC’s case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of how the internet works: TechCrunch

 

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