Net Neutrality

On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission, or the FCC, will have a vote on whether to repeal Net Neutrality.

What exactly is Net Neutrality and why is it important?

Net Neutrality is laws and regulations that keep the Internet free and open. Without these laws, cable companies and service carriers like Verizon and Sprint can make customers pay to use certain websites and applications. They can speed up, slow down, or block customer usage that favors competitors.

This is what the internet could look like without Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality has been around for as long as the Internet has and now the newest chairman of the FCC is trying to kill the protective laws. Chairman Ajit Pai is a former lawyer for Verizon; he began the petitioning to eliminate Net Neutrality. The free Internet is important for people who want to start up certain types of businesses or keep up with their families.

How can you help petition to keep it this way?

There are many websites that allow you to write a letter to Congress if you don’t want to call:  Battleforthenet.com allows you to do just that and provides in depth information on Net Neutrality. Or text 504-09; simply text Resist.