Whatever issues you are interested in depend on keeping the Internet free and open. ~ Lo
From Battle For The Net
July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality
WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?
Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. “Title II” of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down, blocking, or charging websites an additional fee to reach their audience (which they would then be forced to pass along to consumers).
WHY IS NET NEUTRALITY IMPORTANT?
The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It’s what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.
FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai has a plan to destroy net neutrality and give big companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T immense control over what we can see and do on the Internet, with the power to slow down or block websites, and charge others extra to reach an audience.
If we lose net neutrality, we could soon face an Internet where some of your favorite websites are forced into a slow lane online, while deep-pocketed companies who can afford expensive new “prioritization” fees have special fast lane access to Internet users – tilting the playing field in their favor.
On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them. Blogs, websites, Internet users, and online communities will sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality.