Note: I’m using my portfolio site to quickly spread a special message about net neutrality.
Here’s the 30-second summary: Internet access in the United States is currently treated as a fair and open system. Every website and service is given an equal chance to get to your screen, both big sites and small sites alike. However, this crucially depends on rules currently in place by the FCC — ones that are in danger of being repealed. If the FCC goes ahead with their plan, you’ll likely see a spike in fees you have to pay, blocked access to services you want to use, and slower speeds on sites that your Internet provider doesn’t want you to see.
That’s why it’s critical to take literally 2 minutes to call your Congressperson before this December’s vote.
What’s at Stake
The FCC currently has rules in place that make sure cable companies (i.e., your Internet provider like Spectrum or Comcast) don’t unfairly favor one site or service over another — they have to remain “neutral” on the Internet. But, without net neutrality, cable companies could censor a website based on its content. Or, they could unfairly boost the speed and accessibility of their business partners’ sites, while slowing down competitors’ sites.
This doesn’t just affect the tech-savvy. Even if you just use the Internet just for a little online shopping, the loss of net neutrality rules can affect you, too. Think of this scenario: say your Internet provider, Comcast, doesn’t like Amazon; without net neutrality, they could slow down Amazon’s site artificially which would prompt you to try another online seller. Or, they might restrict access to Amazon entirely unless you pay for the “Online Shopping” package of websites (just like how cable channel packages work today).
The most important thing we can do right now is to contact Congress. Let your Senator or Representative know that you stand for a free and equal Internet. With the FCC slated to dismantle net neutrality in their upcoming vote, this is the best way to make your voice heard.
What Do I Say?
You can follow these scripts to deliver the message.
FCC: “Hi, my name is [your full name] and I’m a concerned customer from [full street address, city, state to ensure your call is tallied]. I’m calling to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources, services, and information available on it. Thank you.”
Congress: “Hi, my name is [your full name] and I’m a concerned voter from [full street address, city, state to ensure your call is tallied]. I’m calling to express my support for net neutrality and a fair and open Internet. I ask that [name of senator or representative] contact FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and demand he abandon his plan to overturn net neutrality and Title II oversight. It is time for Congress to take a stand and urge Chairman Pai to cancel the vote in December. Thank you for your time and attention.”