Net Neutrality is a Democracy Issue

Posted by Todd O'Boyle on September 10, 2014


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The Internet is the cornerstone of 21st century democracy - it's how we learn about and debate the issues of the day. It's how we organize to make change. If the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) surrenders on the core Open Internet principles, that would allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to create fast lanes for the deep pocketed few and stifle our ability to connect and communicate online.

ISPs could slow down websites they dislike or disagree with.

New startups would have trouble getting online.

That blog you depend on for local news coverage cover could shut down.

To raise awareness about how ending net neutrality would break the web, we're taking part in an online day of action called Battleforthenet.com. Businesses like Netflix and Dropbox, allies like ACLU and Free Press, and members of Congress - including Senator Markey - are all joining in. Millions of people have already taken action to save the Open Internet.

99% of the comments to the FCC have called for the FCC to protect consumers and free speech online.

And yet, the FCC could still get this wrong. Get ready for permanent "Loading..." when you visit your favorite sites. Time is short but the FCC is still taking comment for a few days. So add your name to our public comments here: www.commoncause.org/openinternet.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Media and Democracy

Tags: Broadband for All

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