» Email the FCC Commission in support of net neutrality

Issue: According to a N. Y. Times November 21, 2017 article titled F.C.C. Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms by Cecilia Kang, F.C.C. Chairman, Ajit Pai, opposed to 2015 FCC regulations that ensured equal access to the internet, “is proposing a sweeping repeal of these rules.” A repeal of current regulations could mean the stopping/slowing down of delivery websites. Also, the repeal suggests that telecom companies could control information, entertainment and pricing associated with both—all of which hinder innovation.

Significance of Action:
An FCC Commission review of this repeal proposal will take place on December 14, 2017; at which time the Commission will vote on whether to maintain the 2015 regulations or repeal. There are 5 members on the Commission. To avoid the repeal of current regulations, at least 3 members need to vote No. The FCC Commission needs to hear from us now to preserve net neutrality or equal access to the internet. Equal access to the internet is a bi-partisan issue and should not be voted on across party lines.

How: Read Fortune.net November 23, 2017 article titled Net Neutrality Explained: What it Means (and Why It Matters) by Andrea Nusca: https://www.yahoo.com/news/net-neutrality-explained-means-why-181659603.html

E-mail 5 FCC Commissioners and express your support for preserving net neutrality:
Ajit Pai – Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Mignon Clyburn – Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Michael O’Reilly – Mike.ORielly@fcc.gov
Brendan Carr – Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
Jessica Rosenworcel – Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Sample email:

Dear FCC Commission,

My name is {full name} of {city}, {state}. I am emailing you to express my support for preserving current net neutrality regulations. Current net neutrality regulations allow speech to flow as freely and as democratically as possible and continue to provide equal access. There will be global catastrophes if Internet Service Providers are allowed to have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, split the Internet into “fast lanes” for companies that pay and “slow lanes” for the rest, or force individuals to buy special “tiers” to access the sites and services. Please don’t vote to end net neutrality. Vote to preserve it. Vote No to oppose any FCC Net Neutrality Regulation repeals on December 14th.

Sincerely, {full name}

Other related interesting reads:

The Verge November 23, 2017 article Americans are spending Thanksgiving fighting for net neutrality: https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/23/16694128/net-neutrality-protests-fcc-ajit-pai-internet

Read the NY Times February 27, 2015 article that reports on current net neutrality rules: FCC Approves Net Neutrality rules Classifying Broadband Internet as a Utility: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/technology/net-neutrality-fcc-vote-internet-utility.html

FCC Fact Sheet shared by the FCC for the benefit of consumers and for review by FCC Commissioners prior to December 14, 2017 Hearing: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db1122/DOC-347927A1.pdf

How Eliminating Net Neutrality Will Change Your Experience on the Internet http://fortune.com/2017/11/21/what-net-neutrality-means-for-you/