by Countable | 12.13.17
Tomorrow, the FCC is expected to vote to repeal net neutrality.
The idea of "net neutrality" is that all internet traffic should be free to run at equal speeds. Under current law – the Open Internet Order - internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are prohibited from blocking or slowing certain websites or charging additional fees to visit other sites.
Ajit Pai, the current head of the FCC, released a "plan to repeal the Obama Administration's heavy-handed regulation of the Internet." This plan, Restoring Internet Freedom, will be put to a vote at the FCC’s December 14 meeting. With the GOP controlling three of the commission’s five seats, the net neutrality rollback is expected to pass.
Whether you support Restoring Internet Freedom or the Open Internet Order, here’s what YOU can do about net neutrality:
The first step to taking action is to know what you’re fighting for. Take a shallow dive in our Countable Explains: What is Net Neutrality?
On Tuesday, Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado became the first Republican to urge the FCC to delay its vote on net neutrality. Instead of unelected FCC commissioners deciding the fate of the internet, Coffman said the issue
"should be resolved by the people’s elected representatives, those who choose the direction of government — and those whom the American people can hold accountable for that choice."
Should Congress take up net neutrality? Hit Take Action and let your reps know your thoughts—via a call, email, or video message.
Whether you want to say good Pai or goodbye, use our unique widget to contact the head of the FCC directly:
(Don’t blame Pai if you can’t see the widget—it’s not available on iPhone, but you can access it on the Countable website.)
If you’re a supporter of net neutrality, you can join the Battle For The Net’s online protest here.
Break the Internet is aimed at showing "the world what the web will look like without net neutrality." The digital protests are site specific, with Facebook users changing their relationship status to “Married (to net neutrality)", Instagrammers posting pro-net neutrality gifs, and YouTubers adding bumpers before or after their uploads.
Hope to keep net neutrality protections? Add your name to this change.org petition to save net neutrality.
Tommorow, the FCC is voting to save – or kill – net neutrality. Whatever side you're on, make sure your voice is part of the conversation.
Written by Countable