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Net Neutrality

Even though the FCC voted 3:2 on December 14, 2017 to roll back net neutrality as we know it, the quest for a free and open internet does not end!

Congress can use the Congressional Review Act to reverse this hasty and misguided action and we only have 60 legislative days (when they are in session) to pressure Congress to act. We must make our voices heard.

Faithful Internet, has just started a new Groundswell petition that I urge you to sign and share. Sister Simone makes an appeal for your action in this Youtube video. The ACLU is also sponsoring a petition to take the fight to Congress.

Boston.com reports that Ed Markey, Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, “is introducing a Congressional Review Act resolution to undo the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules.”

Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Vimeo, Reddit, Microsoft and Twitter have taken stands against the FCC decision and supporting net neutrality, but it is no surprise that many Congressmen who encouraged the FCC decision have received substantial financial support from AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and others, according to Motherboard.

Motherboard & VICE are building a Community Internet Network to protect net neutrality with a commitment to “build decentralized, affordable, locally owned, internet infrastructure.”

“In order to preserve net neutrality and the free and open internet, we must end our reliance on monopolistic corporations and build something fundamentally different: internet infrastructure that is locally owned and operated and is dedicated to serving the people who connect to it.”


Net neutrality is “the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.”

 

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