Defend a Free and Open Internet For All - Support Net Neutrality

In May, the Federal Communications Commission put forward a plan to consider paid priority “fast lanes” on the Internet. If approved, the plan would allow Internet service providers to create a divided Internet: one part serving companies and individuals who can pay for premium service, and the other part (dis)serving those who can’t.

Net Neutrality

This week is an important deadline for submitting public comments to the FCC. Submit your comment to make sure the collective voice of the United Church of Christ is represented in this important decision about the future of the Internet.

The Internet is an essential communications medium that enables the work of groups who fight for justice and equality. Equal access to the Internet helps educate and support poor and underserved individuals around the world.

The unique and often marginalized messages of these minority groups are magnified through e-advocacy tools, social media, blogs, podcasts and videos that, up to now, have existed on a level playing field with all other content. The Internet has allowed people to communicate freely when the gatekeepers of traditional media have otherwise denied them.

If opponents of net neutrality succeed, advocates for equity and civil rights could have to pay up or be forced to the back of the Internet bus. We will be left with no protection if an Internet company decides to favor its own content, charge extra fees for noncommercial video, or just plain censor unpopular views.

Learn more about the faith community's work on Net Neutrality.

We need you to act NOW to tell the FCC that you support a free and open Internet on behalf of all people who need unfettered access to communication networks. Tell them that you oppose the repeal of rules that protect an open Internet.

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