Did you know that we are about to lose the free and open internet? Did you know that 3 out of 4 Americans support net neutrality? Or that your taxes went toward developing the internet?
FCC Chair Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, is expected to circulate a rule and announce a vote to change the FCC's Open Internet Rules (net neutrality rules) soon!. He proposes to change the Title Il classification of the internet . This change would allow internet service providers (ISP's) like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T to charge websites for prioritized "fast lanes". An analogy is a phone call to a business. Fast lanes have a clear, fast connection. Slow lanes take longer and have a poor connection. Which website would you use then?
If larger companies can pay our ISPs to have their content load faster, startups, small businesses and nonprofits that can't afford those fees will struggle to compete. You will kill the open marketplace that has enabled millions of small business owners and companies in America to grow and thrive.
In addition, under Chairman Pai's plan, ISPs will be able to make it more difficult to access political speech that they don't like, which is a problem for all political parties. They'll be able to charge fees for website delivery that would make it harder for those who can't pay to have their voices heard, or products and services purchased.
In a country where fewer but larger communications companies are controlling more and more of what we see and hear, often to further their own political agenda, free communications become even more essential for our democracy. I urge you to protect the free and open internet by calling your members of congress and request they protect net neutrality!