NET NEUTRALITY: WHAT IT IS AND HOW YOU CAN HELP

You’ve probably heard about net neutrality, and something about having to pay for social media and stuff. I want to elaborate more on the topic and talk about what you can do.

Ajit Pai is the new FCC chairman, and he is trying to get rid of net neutrality. Without net neutrality, internet service providers will be able to charge companies for fast lanes and slow lanes, which will cause consumer fees to increase.

This sounds like a bad idea right? Of course, it does to everyone but the big corporations who will be gaining even more money.

I’ll put it like this: cable companies like Optimum and Time Warner have the ability to bundle channels together for varying prices, like “get channels 80-100 for $__”. Now imagine this with websites and social media. This eliminates open internet.

I’ve listed a few petitions that you can sign to protest this. And while petitions are very helpful, writing letters and making phone calls are even more effective.

5Calls

Battle for the Net

DailyKos-Find US Senators contact info

These are the numbers and email addresses of the three FCC members who haven’t decided whether or not to keep net neutrality:

  • Ajit Pai, Chairman (Republican): 202-518-7399 – Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
  • Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner (Republican): 301-657-9092 – Mike.O‘Rielly@fcc.gov
  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner (Democrat): 202-719-7305 – Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
  • Brendan Carr, Commissioner (Republican) – Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
  • Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner (Democrat) – Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

(the names in bold are either against or undecided on net neutrality)

The vote is on December 14th, in 10 DAYS.

-Kendra Shiloh

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