IF YOU’RE NOT FREAKING OUT YOU SHOULD BE.

 

what does the end of net neutrality mean

Dear Readers,

You may not know it but you should be freaking out right now.

In one week’s time everything is going to change.  The Internet as you know it will be gone.  The net is poised to be taken over by massive corporations who will use it for their own good (making MORE money) on December 14th.  This is not a joke, it is not an alarmist response, it is not heresy.  It is happening.

And I’m going to explain to you why ending Net Neutrality is bad.  Firstly, what IS Net Neutrality?  It’s the idea that the Internet should be a neutral ground accessible equally to all.  That’s the way it is right now.

On December 14th the FCC will vote on whether to kill what we’ve come to know as “Net Neutrality”.  That means the Internet will no longer be neutral ground accessible to all.   How so?

Internet Service Providers will legally be able to regulate what information is shown to who and how long it will take for that information to pop up on your screen.  There will be the Internet FAST lane (for huge companies who can pay money to be in the fast lane, just like pay for use lanes on the highway).

And there will be Internet SLOW lanes where Internet traffic basically grinds to a halt and is so slow it’s unusable.  These are the lanes everyone other than the huge companies will be in.  Your favourite bloggers, small companies, your own business website that you use to promote your goods or service;  Relocated to the slow lane and the back of the line.

So if you search for a “DIY holiday greeting card” instead of seeing thousands of posts about the topic from your favourite bloggers or small businesses, you will instead see a “DIY holiday greeting card” kit being sold by a huge company that’s owned by a massive corporation. They will be given first priority.  That’s a basic, basic example.

Ending Net Neutrality means turning the Internet into a pay per use commodity.  If you can pay enough money, your information will be seen before anyone else’s.  If you can’t pay, then your information won’t be seen at all.

Understand?  I’m trying to keep this as simple as I can so you can understand how ending Net Neutrality will in fact affect you.

So.  Freaking out yet?  Do you want to keep the Internet the way it is?  Read on.

During the FCC vote in one week, there will only be 5 people voting on the future of the Internet.  3 are Republicans and 2 are Democrats.

  • The 2 Democrats who are voting are expected to vote AGAINST ending Net Neutrality.  Democrats want the Internet to stay exactly as it is now.  Accessible to all.
  • The 3 Republicans who are voting in the FCC vote are expected to vote to end Net Neutrality.  The Republicans who are voting want to end the free and open exchange of information on the Internet as we know it.  Even though everyday Republicans in regular old society, do NOT want the Internet changed.

Here are the 5 people at the FCC who are deciding on what’s best for you:

Ajit Pai, Chairman (Republican) – Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov – WILL VOTE TO END NET NEUTRALITY

Brendan Carr (Republican) –  brendan.carr@fcc.gov -WILL VOTE TO END NET NEUTRALITY

Michael O’Rielly (Republican) – Mike.ORielly@fcc.gov -WILL VOTE TO END NET NEUTRALITY

Mignon Clyburn  (Democract) – Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov – WILL VOTE TO KEEP NET NEUTRALITY

Jessica Rosenworcel (Democrat) – Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov – WILL VOTE TO KEEP NET NEUTRALITY

As you can see I’ve included their email addresses.  I’ve also included this short note you can send to them.  Just copy and paste it.

Dear __(insert name here)___,

I oppose the ending of Net Neutrality.  I want the Internet to remain an open site for the sharing of information.

Sincerely a voter,

____(insert your name here)____

But the BEST thing you can do if you’re an American is to contact congress.

THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN STOP THIS MADNESS IS CONGRESS.

PLEASE GO TO BATTLE FOR THE NET and write to your member of congress.  It’s easy. They have it all set up on the website,  all you have to do is add in your name.

Then on the same website you can CALL your member of congress.

Please do it now.  Leave this blog post and click on the Battle for the Net link.  Then come back here and finish reading.

So how did we get here?  Comcast, Verizon and AT&T who are Internet Providers, have paid millions and millions of dollars to ensure this vote to end Net Neutrality will happen on December 14th. Make no mistake, this is a business deal with 3 major companies benefiting from it.  You and I get screwed in the meantime.

VERIZON HAS ALREADY ADMITTED THAT THEY WILL INDEED IMPLEMENT FAST LANES FOR PEOPLE WHO PAY AND SLOW LANES FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

So if you’re at home cruising the Internet and you use Verizon, Verizon will only show you the sites that have paid a fee to be shown to you.

Do you read Nicole’s blog Making it Lovely?  Well she doesn’t have enough money to pay to be in the fast lane of the Internet.  Too bad.  The Nester is gone.  Design*Sponge doesn’t have the cash to pay to be in the fast lane either?  Yeah, too bad, Design*Sponge is gone too.  And Centsational Style, Apartment Therapy, and your beloved Bloggess.  Say good-bye to A Pinch of Yum and any other sites and bloggers you’ve come to love following.  Including The Art of Doing Stuff.  Because we won’t be able to afford to pay to be in the fast lane.  And without readers we’ll simply cease to exist entirely.

This vote isn’t about what’s best for consumers.  It isn’t even about making money.  It’s about greed.  The kind of epic greed you normally only find in a Dickens novel.

I hate to be so dramatic about all of this but I not only make my living as a blogger, but I LOVE the Internet. I read it, I share it and I have bloggers I’ve never met but who have taught me so much.  I met my good friend Lynne Knowlton and her husband Michael through the Internet. I found out how to properly give my little cat Cleo fluids when she went into renal failure from a little site on the Internet. I’ve learned a lot from the Internet.

If you have too, please share this post.  Email it to everyone you know.  Pin it.  Post it on social media with the hashtag #netneutrality today.   While you still can.

love,

 

 

 

 

 

70 Comments

  1. K says:

    So can Canadians actually write in for this too or is it only applicable ( the forms and letters) for US citizens ? Also unfortunately with the red urgent message on top a few of my friends thought this post was a scare tactic spam and none of them have heard of this – I wonder why it’s not heard of? I generally trust your blogging so unless your blog got hijacked – – I may assuming this is you? It sounds like your writing near the end …

    • Kiara says:

      The only place that has been screaming about this for ages is Reddit. I have no idea why this hasn’t made main stream news but as a torontonian I can assure you it’s been on my radar and in Canadian newspaper editorials for the past year.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, of course it’s me. 🙂 The graphic at the top of the post is sort of the “official” graphic of this issue. Many blogs will be using it today. ~ karen!

      • dee says:

        Fellow Canadians need to know that ruddy Bell and the other gang of fools are supporting this too!! Here, it’s a CRTC decision.

    • Karen says:

      Canadians can email the FCC and let them know they’re opposed because it is a global issue. ~ karen!

  2. Nancy W says:

    omg Karen I love the internet too…doing all of this right now! I had heard they were voting but it seems the media hasn’t been saying much about it, hmmm wonder why??????$$$$$????

    thanks for posting.

  3. Nancy W says:

    Where is the share to FB button?

  4. TucsonPatty says:

    This is absolutely true! It is a big deal and people *have* been freaking out about it, but I think most people (including me!) did not realize how big of a deal it truely is. This is a nightmare, and the hits just keep on coming. I am so ashamed of my country right now. With the racism and sexism and the pedophiles and the molesters and the neo-nazis and and and…
    Sorry. It is hard to wake up and read this every day.

    • Louise says:

      I feel exactly the same way! And 21 years ago, I gave my son “America” as his middle name! But the racism, the hatred, the war-mongering (and so much of it done in the name of God!) this last year has made me heartsick. 🙁

  5. Nicole says:

    Message not delivered
    There was a problem delivering your message to Mike.O‘Rielly@fcc.gov. See the technical details below, or try resending in a few minutes. 🙁

  6. I’ve shared this on three sites with a total of 19,000 followers.

    Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Thanks for giving us this info, as well as a heads up.

  7. O’Rielly email address…

    I deleted the apostrophe in O’rielly’s email address and it went through.

    Karen, please check, and update the post if needed.

    thanks

  8. Marna says:

    The real problem is apathy in the US. Oh some care, but not enough to do something about it, that’s how we ended up with all the morons in office. GOP=gut our people, in other words our country! The few that care like you and me and some others, won’t make a dent because the GOP doesn’t care! The country is so divided, so full of hate, stirred up by the king of the haters/racists. So sad! I sign everything I can to save what can be saved, or at least try, but it is falling into the hands of those that don’t care! I have already been signing petitions about this for months, but you can’t get through to those that don’t care and are only looking for dollar signs, money to line their pockets. Already called for the Sierra Club on this. Glad to see some people are spreading the news, I can’t get anyone I know to do anything, like I said apathy has stuck this country in a very big way. Well one son did sign a petition for this a while ago, that’s one, better than none. sigh

    • I’m an American. I fought this the first time they tried to push it through, and I’m fighting yet again. Except this time, I also have a small business and blog that are at risk. I’ve shared the battleforthenet website on my personal page, and I plan to share it on my business page tomorrow.

      Of course, there’s a good reason the vote is in mid-December. Everyone is busy Christmas shopping. My customers, who consist of music educators, are all in the midst of concert season. I fear that the uproar over this will be too late.

      It’s hard to maintain hope when, so often in American politics, money speaks. I was so happy to see your blog post today. Thank you for spreading the word!

    • Oops, sorry! I meant to post that in the general comments section 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I know it feels like we are signing petitions and nothing is happening and it’s all awful, but (and I feel odd saying this as a Canadian but it can apply here too) sometimes you have to just continue to … resist. ~ karen!

  9. Kathy K says:

    Sadly, this has already been going on. Dec 14th will only make it official I’m afraid.
    Right now Google decides for me, since it tracks me, which items and sites it would like me to see and who to purchase from. I’ve changed to DUC GO DUC to try to prevent this but
    we’ll see. The internet is our global bloodline and of course if its controlled then people are controlled.

    • Karen says:

      Don’t be defeatist Kathy. I believe, unless you’re dead, it’s never too late to do something. Also, they haven’t voted yet. Individuals can change a LOT but they have to work together and they have to continue to care even after being beat down. 🙁 Now go do it! 🙂 ~ karen!

  10. Jack Barr says:

    Thanks, Karen; great alert for a very important cause. This is a Yogi Berra “deja vu, all over again” for a 1984 level attack on open internet. Yes. It is about greed; about CONTROL! About rampant capitalism run amuck! The control freaks are afraid of an open internet; they have NEVER had the best interests of their fellow citizens at heart when left to control themselves. I’ve been aware, following, and sneaking my name on lists and petitions for many months, now- not that a Canuck’s name is even going to help, but nevertheless…. I’m surprised that more of our US of A friends aren’t up in arms over this. Do so many just not realize what this means? Or, don’t they care? The alerts and info have been out there. It’s obvious from your “American” blog members that some really do care, but where is that huge, heaving leviathan body of flesh that is supposed to cherish freedom and consider their’s to be the greatest free country on this little blue planet? Watching the(un)reality shows?

    • Karen says:

      I think it hasn’t been an issue on the news because it doesn’t directly involve Trump. Therefore a lot of people just aren’t aware of the far reaching implications. Also some of those news organizations may be owned by companies that have a vested interest in seeing this vote pass. ~ karen!

  11. Sandi Remedios says:

    Here is the email I sent to all of them. Even though I am not an American I feel that this affects me and their status on the world stage.

    I am not an American. I do not vote. I am a Canadian citizen who enjoys reading bloggers from your country and other websites from your country.

    Some of these bloggers make their living from their ad revenue on the Internet. They will lose business with the changes envisioned that you are voting on December 14th. This will have a disproportionately negative effect on them in comparison to the effect leaving the status quo will have on the large corporations this bill will benefit.

    We have all enjoyed the benefits of the Internet as it is. There are negatives for sure, but denying access or giving better access to large corporations and the wealthy is a backward step​.

    It would be a better use of your authority (in my opinion) to ensure that ALL peoples have equal access to the Internet and that the appropriate infrastructure is set in place to ensure that. Similar to electricity or adequate medical care.

    In closing, please do not vote to end Net Neutrality.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Karen says:

      Great! Thanks Sandi. I’m so impressed that so many of my readers are taking action. Truly. I’m SO impressed. ~ karen!

    • Sandra D says:

      I sent your letter, and sent it to the ones who aren’t going to vote for it (just changing the end part, thanking them for being against it).

  12. Heather says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of this, Karen, and I’m freaking out. Part of me always knew this day would come, because the democratization of information always seemed too good to be true. The internet, this cool world of no gatekeepers, has been so much fun. Without it, would we ever have ‘met’ you? Doubt it! And it’s been great. I’m just glad I’m on your mailing list, so I can continue to hear from you. As a Canadian, I suppose all I can do is sit and watch. But I’m really sad, because I just paid someone to help me build a website aimed at helping people with peripheral artery disease, and now I suppose it will be very difficult to get it off the ground. I certainly can’t afford to buy into a fast lane. Sigh.

  13. Kathryn says:

    Thank you Karen. I’ve been working on the internet since it was publicly available and only my other geek friends seemed to understand how serious the Net Neutrality issue is. We’ve been able to stop some bad legislation in Canada, and I hope that the US doesn’t destroy all of the work we’ve all done to have freely available information.

  14. Mary W says:

    THANK YOU KAREN!!! I’ve been supporting this for over a year. Your the first blogger that has decided politics be damned and come out of the closet! Thank you for speaking – people trust anyone other than the news and politicians, so your voice is heard. Trump put the previous head of Verizon as head of the FCC just for this purpose! Money and Power. Please, everyone call any politician anywhere. This effects the world!

  15. Al C says:

    Karen, I love the blog and I will continue reading it. But, my fear is that you’ve been greatly misinformed.
    Net Neutrality is the opposite of what you are saying it is. Net Neutrality gives immense power to the FCC and not to the entrepreneurial companies that have invested and paid for all the infrastructure that brings the internet to your house. The internet has exploded over the last 10-15 years precisely because the FCC does NOT have control over it. The scare tactics used to promote Net Neutrality are actually arguments AGAINST Net Neutrality. The ISP’s are NOT the devils. If you are looking for a devil, look at the giant CONTENT providers (Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, etc). These companies have been caught filtering content they disagree with. The ISP’s offer different levels of services just like UPS or FedEx does. If you want Overnight or NextDay delivery, aren’t you expecting to pay MORE for it? In the Net Neutrality world, they call this ‘throttling’. It’s not, it’s simply paying for the service level you want. If you want 100 gigabyte bandwidth to your house instead of the 12 gig that comes with your cable service, why wouldn’t you expect to pay more for it? ISP’s need to make a profit in order to invest in more infrastructure. Net Neutrality gives the government the power to take over all of this and then you will see investment in Internet infrastructure grind to a halt because the investing companies cannot make any money. Canadians may believe that government is benevolent but we in the U.S. generally DON’T. The IRS, FBI, CIA have all been shown to have been corrupted politically recently and more is learned every day. Giving control of the internet to a weaponized (politically) FCC would guarantee that content would be filtered such that only certain content (viewpoints) would be seen. We, the people, should be the ones determining what we view and read, not some government agency. If we give power to the government then we actually make it EASIER for the “evil” companies (Verizon, Comcast, AT&T) to corrupt the system because all they have to do is lobby a handful of crooked senators and legislation will be passed to give them an advantage over your local ISP. If you leave it to market forces, we the people can ‘vote with our wallets’ and choose our ISP. This keeps the big guys honest because they have to please the millions of consumers, not a handful of senators. VOTE TO END NET NEUTRALITY!

    • Melissa says:

      Al C, thank you for contributing this different POV. Hubs and I had a talk the other night about which was worse— a slightly regulated internet where society doesn’t go haywire, or an unregulated one which operates at emergent levels that humanity can’t get on top of; it’s a social singularity that we’re starting to see, without the ability to correct for it. I’m afraid either way we go… we’re all on a ride to somewhere new.

      I guess we’ll be informed of red pill or blue pill next Thursday…

    • Marcela N Longmire says:

      Thanks for explaining all of the above. I was about to reply with exactly those points, you saved me a good 15 minutes, 🙂
      Yes. The name is misleading, as many other liberal causes are (Planned Parenthood comes to mind). I’m all for less government in my life choices.

      • Jenny says:

        Nice little jab about “liberal causes,” there. Net neutrality isn’t partisan. My VERY Republican mother doesn’t want a corporation telling her what she’s allowed to see on the internet.

        I would rather have a government telling corporations not to limit my freedoms than a corporate oligarchy chokehold that only shows me what they want me to see on the internet.

    • Karen says:

      I believe you may be the one who is misinformed but thank you for your comment. ~ karen!

    • Jenny says:

      “If you leave it to market forces, we the people can ‘vote with our wallets’ and choose our ISP. This keeps the big guys honest because they have to please the millions of consumers, not a handful of senators.”

      What market forces? I live in a rural area. I have ONE OPTION for my internet provider. I pay them extra for faster service as it is (with no real results, in my opinion). Even people who live in urban areas often only have one option in their particular neighborhood. What do you suggest, I’m supposed to go without internet to prove a point to a giant corporation who doesn’t give a hoot whether my little household boycotts their service or not?

      I see what you’re saying and understand where you’re coming from re: the internet infrastructure. I had to google to learn more about what you were talking about, so here’s a good article for anyone else who wants to know more about the problems with our internet infrastructure: https://gizmodo.com/why-americas-internet-is-so-shitty-and-slow-1686173744

      “This is where the net neutrality debate comes from. The FCC is finally getting aggressive about protecting the open web, and that’s great. But net neutrality is not enough. Improving your slow and shitty internet comes down to increasing competition. We need to build new networks with better last mile technology that will give tier 2 networks an alternative to the big cable cartel.
      […]the FCC is paving the way by tweaking regulations so that [sic] help municipal broadband overcome regulations that have traditionally favored big cable and discouraged competition.”

      The answer to improving America’s internet isn’t a single-layer answer–it DOES rely on adding competition, but giving more power to the existing megacorporations isn’t going to help grow the playing field. We need to preserve our right to access content freely on the internet while changing regulations that prevent true competition among ISPs.
      VOTE TO PRESERVE NET NEUTRALITY!

    • Beth says:

      Thank you for this, AL C. Net Neutrality is the opposite of what it sounds like. It’s very Orwellian!

    • Teresa says:

      That is sad. You love the blog and I’m sure you would like to continue reading but if they end the free and neutral internet it will not be available for you to read anymore.
      I left AOL many, many years ago when upstarts like yahoo were just becoming available for email accounts. I remember clearly the stunned shock when I showed my friends how searches through AOL only gave them the results from companies who paid for them to show. The rest of unpaid for businesses and information was just not there.

  16. Flash says:

    Thank you

  17. Katie P NC says:

    It’s my understanding too that this will really affect schools. Schools using the net as a teaching instrument in the classroom, if the Net Neutrality goes away, they will have to pay like everyone else to have the same access they currently have. Imagine smaller school districts, or schools in impoverished areas… they can’t afford to include new fees in their budget. Bye bye extra learning tool for the children.

  18. Joy says:

    Commissioner Brendan Carr was a guest recently on the very good public radio show “The1A”. He adamantly defended the plan to repeal net neutrality rules. Chairperson Ajit Pai will only consider comments from law firms representing commercial customers. I’m afraid the fix is in. Nonetheless, I’ll send comments today. This is just one more issue in which I’m screaming into the wind.

  19. I’m an American. I fought this the first time they tried to push it through, and I’m fighting yet again. Except this time, I also have a small business and blog that are at risk. I’ve shared the battleforthenet website on my personal page, and I plan to share it on my business page tomorrow.

    Of course, there’s a good reason the vote is in mid-December. Everyone is busy Christmas shopping. My customers, who consist of music educators, are all in the midst of concert season. I fear that the uproar over this will be too late.

    It’s hard to maintain hope when, so often in American politics, money speaks. I was so happy to see your blog post today. Thank you for spreading the word!

  20. Teresa says:

    Thank you!!!!!!
    There are protests happening at Verizon stores today all over the country.
    Sad to see some of your readers believing that having Verizon control what they see on the Internet is a good idea but that is bound to happen since the Koch brothers just bought Time and the far right Sinclair Broadcasting wants to buy Tribune Media which would put those information controlled stations in 3/4 of American homes.

    We can see the clear effect of that by reading the comments made by some of your readers who apparently get all their information from those stations.

    Thank you!!!!

  21. Anne A Wiley says:

    Thanks..great post..doing what I can calling these republicans. This is what is meant by elections have consequences.

  22. Patti says:

    done Karen!
    I had heard about this a while back and then nothing….why isn’t this BIG news? Big business taking over the internet?

  23. Brandy T says:

    emails sent! thanks for this Karen, I had no idea but now I’m getting concerned and involved.

  24. Kathy says:

    This is the basis of human neutrality. Your information about slow lanes and big business makes complete sense. And then Al C makes his case and WTF. I tend to believe the mega corps would claim the remains of dead employees if some profit could be found. I’ve sent the email but should it be yes or no, I’m not sure. You wouldn’t play me but maybe Al C would. And right now I have no confidence that America has a conscience, as I think money rules this Admin. more than most.

  25. Raymonde Gagnier says:

    We are all concerned!!! An Orwellian world is encroaching every sphere of our lives. http://www.canadalandshow.com/bell-pushing-end-to-net-neutrality-in-canada/

  26. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for the reminder, Karen. I’ve written all of the FCC officials voting on this issue as well as Congress.

  27. Melissa Keyser says:

    My congresswoman has already stated that she is against ending it. I called and thanked her for her work and urged her to continue supporting open internet. I’ve emailed the others. Thanks for easily providing the address!

  28. Ardith says:

    This issue/battle has been going on for years. The people have spoken, over and over, but the $%$&$((((##$$$$ powers that be (at least in their own minds) have turned a deaf ear, over and over.

    FYI, Kathy, please do not make such blanket statements/judgements about America as a whole. There are too many people here who have been very vocal against this and other developments…for years.

  29. Jennie Lee says:

    Thanks, Karen, for helping to spread the news about this threat to Americans’ right to freedom of speech. Most people I know have been freaking out over this possibility for literally years. This is only one of many ways in which the Trump White House and the GOP are pushing our nation toward Fascism. This is no joke. Fascist governments make control of the press and other media a top priority. They’re also working to allow just a few big companies to control what we see on TV. I would suggest that those who weren’t aware of what’s happening change their sources of news.

  30. Vicki Husted says:

    If anyone is interested in other points of view, this article delineates a number of little known (or at least little discussed) issues.
    http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/08/tech-companies-support-net-neutrality-arent-virtuous-think/

    • Karen says:

      I’m keeping things as neutral as possible here and therefore need to let people know that Daily Signal is considered to be an extremist publication, not a reputable news source. ~ karen!

  31. Vicki Husted says:

    Karen,
    Did you find falsehoods or inaccuracies in the article? If so, I’d like to be enlightened. Thanks, Vicki

    • Karen says:

      Nope, didn’t even read it, I’m in the middle of my work day. I’m not second guessing the article, I just want people to be aware of the source. ~ karen!

  32. Jane says:

    I shared this to FB and sent the letters to the congressmen. Thanks for those and their email addresses. All my friends asked me why did I put that on FB and had no idea what it means, nor did they care! So damn frustrating to me when people say things like that! Every day here there is something new to worry about 😕.

  33. Lianne says:

    Thank you for highlighting this, Karen. We don’t have to guess at the outcomes – there is already clear evidence from other countries:

    “Abandoning net neutrality will have an impact in the United States since evidence suggests that, without net-neutrality rules, carriers will pick winners by differentiating connectivity based on the willingness of internet companies, sites and services to pay additional fees. The experience in countries without net-neutrality rules bears this out. Some European countries feature pricing plans that look like cable packages with limited access to a select group of websites or internet services. On the flip side, European data show that providers that rely on neutral services offer better prices and larger data allowances.”

    (cited from https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/canada-and-the-us-stand-divided-at-the-crossroads-of-net-neutrality/article37053783/)

  34. I’m so happy I met you because of the interwebs too, Karen… and I just voted 38947504957578 times. Thank you for sharing this post. Sharing it now !!

  35. MaggieB says:

    When the FCC tried to push this through 3 years ago John Oliver on HBO Last Week Tonight did a fantastic presentation on Net Neutrality that got enough votes registered on FCC website that it got blocked. He did another in May this year when it got raised again. Both are available to view on YouTube. Along with many articles posted online by a variety of content providers.

    There is another internet day of action planned for December 12th to inundate Congress and the FCC prior to the December 14th vote.

    The important part is that Title II (2 not eleven – don’t know how to get Roman numerals) of the current regulations is retained.

    Two sites that give additional information are battleforthenet.com and savetheinternet.com.

    The chairman of the FCC, Anjit Pai, was a senior Counsel at Verizon before he was given this job.

    I am not an American citizen so have no political axe to grind but this affects all of us. And if you think but I’m just one person my vote won’t matter, please think again. It could be your registered vote that tips the balance, just like the other times that all of those single votes added up to block previous attempts to rescind Title II.

    This is a link to a UK newspaper article posted 7th December 2017 about the FCC vote – https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/07/net-neutrality-fcc-ajit-pai

    And Sandi Remedios commenting above has written a great text for non-US citizens.

  36. Teresa Chandler says:

    Here is a beautiful quote that still holds true, but without the open and free internet, the “IF” is a big “if” in this misinformation age.

    “I think if the people of this country can be reached with the truth, their judgment will be in favor of the many, as against the privileged few.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

  37. billy sharpstick says:

    Oh well, they killed NN. Nice try, but did anybody really think that the opinion of a couple hundred million people mattered a bit to the current gang of carpetbaggers in DC?
    Don’t forget to vote next time, ya’ll!

    • Karen says:

      Many States are already saying that they aren’t going to play along with the new FCC rules and will in fact govern the companies and the Internet upholding Net Neutrality laws basically. So, this ride just got bump for the FCC and their 4 corporate friends. ~ karen!

  38. Alice says:

    All this reminds me of the Dr. Seuss book ” Horton Hears a Who”. All the little people in Whoville yelled and screamed loud enough, and saved Whoville. One little voice may make all the difference.

  39. Lori says:

    Yep internet is still here.

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