Making Major Progress on Net Neutrality

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If you’ve been following the debate over Net Neutrality, which we’ve been talking about in this space and others since last summer, you know that a remarkable, inspiring, and kinda crazy thing happened: We won!

Well, almost. Earlier this month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plan to put forward strong Net Neutrality rules, including the crucial Title II reclassification that we’ve been pushing for all along. We’re so glad that our government is doing what it’s supposed to do: listening to us, and to you, and to the millions of people who filed comments. We’ve made clear that the Internet needs to be open and free — a place where people can say and see what they want, a place that isn’t divided into fast and slow lanes. Even President Obama agreed

And so the FCC listened. But, as you might imagine, the cable companies aren’t happy. And they’re still trying to get the FCC to change the plan before the vote on February 26. It’s important that we all rally behind the Chairman’s proposal until the final t’s are crossed and i’s dotted. The devil is in the details, after all, and the FCC needs to include some important technical specifics in its final proposal.

Title II reclassification is essential because it gives the FCC authority to adopt good rules, but it isn’t enough. The rules themselves have to be really good. Without bright-line rules against discrimination and also against zero-rating, the big, incumbent companies will still have an unfair advantage.

In these last few days, let’s make sure that the FCC guarantees real Net Neutrality — without any loopholes. You can speak out on your own social networks, by filing a comment directly with the FCC, using Tumblr’s tool to call your representative or joining Demand Progress’ Battle for the Net. See, you’re free to use whatever website you like! Let’s make sure it stays that way.

    1. TheFabK

      Done visited the sites and sent in my support. Thanks for the reminder!

    2. Mark | DJ Remy on

      Get involved people... isn't this a website that is built on "Backing Important and essential projects"?

    3. Timothy O'Connor on

      Actually, this lets the government put their "hooks" in net neutrality to a degree we only feared before. Worse, there are over 300+ pages of this "ruling" which we, The People, are not allow to see until after the vote.

      What was originally proposed was very bad last year. still not the answer in any way at all.

    4. AlienUndies on

      If you can't see what's being voted on until it's voted in, it can't be good. There's a reason they're not letting the public see it. Like a wish from the genie, wishing for a million bucks, and you end up with deer ruining your yard.

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      Please don't let Nancy Pelosi get involved. She thinks it's ok to vote something in and then read about it! If the Gov. is for "FREE INTERNET" then put the entire document on the internet for all to see at least a month prior to voting on it!

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