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Trump Admin Seeks to Upend Net Neutrality

by Countable | 7.19.17

Last week saw thousands of companies and websites partake in the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, and there were upwards of two million new comments on the FCC’s website urging the Federal Communications Commission to keep the internet free.

Yesterday, the White House gave a thumbs up for overturning net neutrality rules to the dismay of activists.

"The administration believes that rules of the road are important for everyone--website providers, Internet service providers (ISP), and consumers alike," White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday. She said the Obama administration, which supported net neutrality, “went about this the wrong way by imposing rules on ISPs through the FCC's” legislative powers.

Sanders continued that the White House supports the new FCC chair’s "efforts to review and consider rolling back these rules, and believe that the best way to get fair rules for everyone is for Congress to take action and create regulatory and economic certainty."

If net neutrality rules are overturned, it could create an internet where ISPs – like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon – block certain sites or charge more to visit other ones.

The Republican-controlled FCC, led by Trump-appointee Ajit Pai, took a preliminary vote in May to undo the net neutrality rules of the Obama administration.

While Trump himself hasn’t publicly commented on the Day of Action, in a tweet from November 2014 he voiced his objection to Net Neutrality saying, "Obama’s attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net Neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media."

Should the web remain neutral? Or should ISPs treat the internet more like cable TV, offering tiered payment plans for the sites and apps you use? Hit the Take Action button and tell your Reps!

--Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: Pixabay / Public Domain)

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  • Doug
    07/20/2017
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    Vote IN FAVOR of Net Neutrality. The internet began as a public project and does not belong to a handful of private communications companies.

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  • Eric
    07/20/2017
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    Taking away net neutrality is, in my opinion, a violation of my right to freedom of speech. We will remember who votes for or against our freedom of speech.

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  • BadWxDude
    07/20/2017
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    I vote in favor of net neutrality. Without it, freedom of exchange of information will be compromised in favor of corporate censorship and suppression.

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  • C
    07/20/2017
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    Save net neutrality! We, the people, are counting on representatives like you to vote for what the people want. It's one of the freedoms that makes us different from North Korea.

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  • Justin
    07/20/2017
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    To those that represent me and my fellow Americans I would ask you, what side of history would you like to be on? Net neutrality should concern all of us. The internet is the river of information and entertainment we all enjoy and it was developed using tax payer dollars and its many frequencies and connections are ours according to the FCC. Changing these rules means corporations get to dictate what is available to us and that is as un-American as is gets. What happened to freedom and letting the market decide? If you change this legislation you may as well name yourselves the corporate party and stop trying to claim being a part of any republic.

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  • Tassos
    07/20/2017
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    There are few things that would make the American people take up arms against their government more than putting an end to net neutrality. There are absolutely no individuals that want this. Conservatives and liberals both support net neutrality unanimously. The only ones who support this are the snakes who want the power it entails. It is treason at the highest level.

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  • Gail
    07/20/2017
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    Over and over again millions of Americans have made comments on the FCC website, first to Chairman Wheeler and now to Chairman Patel. The majority requests have been to maintain Net Neutrality. This is why President Obama did what he did to protect the internet from ISP greed. These corporations make unbelievable profits, but why is it never enough? The internet should be like the airwaves, owned by the public. These companies should be putting customers first instead of constantly trying to make more money at the expense of their customers, which is what tiered pricing will do. The government should be serving the interests of the citizens and supporting their access to the internet. In Korea, everyone has access! But in the U.S., it is always about the bottom line and to hell with the customer. Trump supporters is this what you want? I was a computer programmer in the 1970's. We now have generations of Americans that have become used to using the internet in a myriad of ways. Now is not the time to handicap access, minimize entrepreneurs use of this incredible tool, stymie small businesses, hamstring student research by tiering access by either speeds or cost. It is an incredible move backwards and no sane forward thinking society would do this. If this flies, I hope and pray that the companies like Google who are working on internet access for all have a breakthrough that leaves these ISP's in the dust. Fight for keeping Net Neutrality!

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  • Nancy
    07/20/2017
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    The internet is a vital tool in how to communicate in today's world. Problems can now be solved quicker and with better resources. Maintain net neutrality!

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  • Joseph
    07/20/2017
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    Didn't President Trump run on the promise of "cleaning out the swamp"? The only reasons to end Net Neutrality is to limit our 1st Amendment rights, and to allow corporations to charge us to access information we want to know. Seems to me that Trump is intent on making the swamp larger.

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  • Gail
    07/20/2017
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    The administrations demolition derby must be stopped. Is there nothing they don't want to destroy: healthcare for Americans, the environment, democracy, women's rights, decency, and now net neutrality?

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  • Erika
    07/20/2017
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    Support net neutrality. It is vital to what America stands for. Why in seven hells would we want the internet to be treated like cable tv???? FREE INFORMATION for all. Blocking sites and information is tantamount to a dictatorship. If our representatives don't support neutrality, DON'T SUPPORT THEM for re-election. Simple as that.

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  • Robin
    07/20/2017
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    Net Neutrality prioritizes information to those that have and unfairly targets those that don't. To eliminate net neutrality is extremely cruel.

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  • wipITsnapIT
    07/20/2017
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    Please vote in favor of net neutrality. It is important that internet service providers (ISPs) treat everyone’s data equally; ISPs providers should not get to choose which data is sent more quickly and which sites get blocked or throttled back to slow down delivery. As customers for this service, we already pay premium prices for connectivity and deserve access to a quality experience.

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  • Brock
    07/20/2017
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    Net neutrality is what allows small business, education, freedom to exist. To restrict or rid our country, our people, those whom you represent, would be foolish and ruin opportunities. It should never be brought up again. It should not be dictated by a select few. Support net neutrality.

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  • Sheila
    07/20/2017
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    Please support net neutrality. The internet was created as a way for everyone to have free or very low cost access to the world's wealth of information. Undoing net neutrality would limit many people from this. Especially people like me. I am on a limited income. Without the internet my world will shrink inside to the walls of the 560 sq feet that I live within. Even though I am past retirement age, I learn something new every day because of the internet. Please do not limit my world!

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  • Robert
    07/20/2017
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    If you want to stand with the people stand with them and support net neutrality. It's the people's net. Keep it that way.

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  • Persio
    07/20/2017
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    We need to keep Net Neutrality. Companies already have the advantage and monopoly so by getting rid net neutrality they will have total control of the internet. This president's words were Americans first and the people have been abused by legislations and policy during the campaign but his actions have shown the opposite, more power, more money, more breaks to corporations and the rich. The people did what he needed which was to give him the vote. Now he does not need us anymore so I guess we don't matter anymore. The internet is not own by a company or corporation. It needs to be kept Neutral.

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  • Maggie thomson
    07/20/2017
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    I am not exactly sure what our reps can do at this point regarding net neutrality, but as a pharmacist who relies daily on rapidly available unbiased information for my physician colleagues and patients to help make medication decisions; as the wife of a small business owner who relies on his small website for sales in a sea of large corporation-owned competitors; as a consumer who cut cable for internet-based entertainment thus saving over $70/month - i am deeply concerned about the potential loss of net neutrality. I hope that if there is anything that can be done to preserve and protect this essential internet aspect, they will support net neutrality. Thank you for your consideration.

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  • Barry
    07/20/2017
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    Net neutrality is essential period!

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  • Mary
    07/20/2017
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    Eliminating net neutrality requirements is dangerous, allowing continued manipulation of information and the weaponization of the media. It is a violation of our rights.

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