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we are for an open internet and the principle of net neutrality, and we oppose the repeal of net neutrality.

Feb 2019 Net neutrality advocates including former FCC chairs Tom Wheeler and Michael Powell testified before Congress. Business Insider

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2015 -2019

2015 - citizens favor net neutrality and Obama's FCC established the Open Internet Order to prevent ISPs from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of content.

2017 - Trump's FCC voted to rollback the Order. 91% of Americans favor net neutrality, and yet Trump's FCC voted to repeal net neutrality. This repeal is an attempt to end the Obama administration's 2015 Open Internet Order.

2018 - U.S. appeals court reinstated the 2015 Open Internet Order, but not Title II.

2019 - Lawmakers are reviewing net neutrality.

for an open internet

an open internet system is accessible to all individuals, companies, and organizations. Applicable concepts include: net neutrality, open standards, transparency, lack of Internet censorship, and low barriers to entry. Net neutrality is the principle that ISPs (internet service providers) treat all data on the internet equally.

trade groups and tech firms in favor

Aug 2018 a coalition* of trade groups urged a U.S. appeals court to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules adopted in 2015 to guarantee an open internet. Rules regulating the conduct of Internet providers** continue to be needed to protect and promote an open internet.
* representing companies including Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Uber and many other tech firms
** Comcast, AT&T, Verizon

California in favor

California agrees not to enforce its net neutrality law as Justice Dept. puts lawsuit on hold.

California State Legislature passed a measure to counter the repeal by the FCC of their net neutrality regulations. Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), the law prohibits companies such as AT&T and Comcast from blocking or slowing down online content and makes it illegal for them to demand special fees from websites and apps.

net neutrality is a core characteristic of the internet as we know it, and crucial for the economy and everyday lives. It is imperative that all internet traffic be treated equally, without discrimination against content or type of traffic - that is how the internet was built and what has made it one of the greatest inventions of all time.

people should be able to freely and quickly access their preferred content on the internet. Millions of people have spoken out against the FCC's net neutrality repeal because they recognize how important the open internet is for racial justice, free expression, innovation and economic opportunity.

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history

in 2015 rules were established by the FCC under Obama to prevent ISPs from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.

in December 2017 the Republican-controlled FCC voted to repeal these rules in an attempt to eliminate the "First Amendment of the Internet" in a sustained assault on a free press. They want to remove the longstanding media-ownership limits and to get rid of programs designed to connect low-income families to the internet.

in August 2018 the U.S. appeals court reinstated the landmark 2015 Open Internet Order.

Tell the House to Save net neutrality freepress.net

note: Sinclair Broadcast Group is the nation's largest network of local TV stations. The world's largest media conglomerates are Comcast and The Walt Disney Company, and Time Warner is third largest media conglomerate. CNN is owned by TBS, a division of Time Warner. Koch brothers own a big piece of Time Inc. (Time magazine).

FCC wants to gut net neutrality

Trump and his corporate cronies and the FCC chairman (former Verizon attorney Ajit Pai), are attacking the open internet. We need to urge Congress to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to pass a resolution of disapproval to overturn the FCC vote.

A shameful sham that sells out consumers   brookings.edu /Tom Wheeler Nov 21, 2017

Tell Congress to overturn the FCC vote   freepress.net

Congress can overrule the FCC vote   battleforthenet.com

for an open internet

we must protect a free and open internet and not let big corporations control how we access websites and services. An open internet promotes the spread of ideas and protects freedom of speech.

Obama's FCC was for net neutrality

the FCC considered equal access internet rules in March 2015, and the FCC ruled for net neutrality. The FCC released the text of its order reclassifying broadband access as a "common carrier" service under Title II of the Communications Act - the step needed to provide real net neutrality protections for internet users.

the regulations prohibit broadband providers from slowing internet speeds for some content, selling faster lanes for other content, or descriminating against any legal online content.

Trump's FCC

so now here's what's happening. Trump and his FCC chairman (former Verizon attorney Ajit Pai), and their corporate chronies, are determined to gut the net neutrality rules.

ISPs want to manage internet access and charge you depending on your usage. That means ATT or Comcast could block a service like Google Maps and charge for their own. Without an open internet, big corporations would have control over how we access websites and services.

Republican leadership wants a policy change, seeking to reclassify broadband companies under "information services," a more lightly regulated designation.

killing net neutrality is a critical goal in Trump's campaign against free speech

the Trump administration wants to shut down the open internet. The FCC is trying to deregulate the telecom and cable industries, which were successfully regulated for net neutrality under Obama in 2015.

this new bill could lead to censorship

the current net neutrality rules are essential key consumer protections for an open internet. Let's say you want to initiate a civic action with an online petition. You will need a fast internet to get the word out. One person can make a difference if we all start on a level playing field.

Under the current net neutrality rules, broadband providers can't block or slow down access to content. And they can't charge special fees for content to be displayed to consumers. The Trump administration wants to undo these consumer protections and silence free speech and giving unchecked power to the giant corporations.

Why net neutrality matters Wired.

Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression and an open internet.

Fight for the future a nonprofit working to expand the internet's power for good.

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