JPANet: Protect Our Free and Open Internet!
The Internet is an important communications medium that
helps groups fighting for justice and equality to get their voices heard – from
e-advocacy tools like the JPANet to blogs to documentaries and videos from
unique and often marginalized perspectives.
The Internet has allowed people to get out their message when
traditional media gatekeepers did not.
In December, the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications
Commission adopted rules ensuring that the Internet will remain an open
platform for free speech. But the new Congress
is poised to repeal the new rules.
If opponents in Congress succeed, we will be left with no protection if
an Internet company decided to favor its own content, charge extra fees for
noncommercial video, or just plain censor unpopular views.
Congress will be using a special process called the
Congressional Review Act that will enable it to move very quickly, jumping over
many of the procedural roadblocks that might slow it down otherwise.
This special Congressional initiative is poised to speed through
Congress. We need you to act NOW to tell
your representatives in Washington
you oppose repeal of rules that preserve an open Internet.
Even for legislators who might not agree with every aspect
of Obama’s new rules, the proposed rollback is extreme. The Federal Communications Commission adopted
a set of compromise rules designed to protect against severe abuse – a set of
rules that many competing parties could agree were a good idea, even if the UCC
and other advocates hoped for stronger protections.
But with no net neutrality, large companies could pay to
guarantee that their websites and video will be faster and better than everyone
else’s. Advocates for equity and civil
rights could have to pay up or be forced to the back of the Internet bus.
Congress should not hand over protection of our fundamental
freedoms to the private sector.
Tell your member of Congress that you oppose repeal rules that preserve
an open Internet.
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