The Verge has a handy write up on how to comment on the FCC’s proposal to kill net neutrality. If you’re invested in preserving an open internet (and you should be), take the time to comment and voice your concern.
… don’t pretend that a bill from Congress pretending to “save” net neutrality will actually do so, when it’s quite obvious that the bills being offered will undermine our internet, help big broadband screw over users, and diminish competition.
Nine Republican US senators yesterday submitted legislation that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from ever again using the regulatory authority that allowed the commission to impose net neutrality rules. The “Restoring Internet Freedom Act” would prohibit the FCC from classifying ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act and “from imposing certain regulations on providers of such service.”
All this amounts to is ISPs attempting to irreperably harm the internet in an effort to prop up businesses that would otherwise not be competetive. Strong net neutrality protections are absolutely vital to the ongoing health of the internet and companies that depend on it.
I can’t stress enough the importance of your privacy. We never, ever release personal data about you. All data is completely anonymous and related to purchases only.
Nonsense. If you’re not paying for the service your data is being monetized in a way that benefits the interests of the company providing the service, not you.
This is wonderful stuff if you’re a fan of authoritarianism. Shut up and show your support. It’s a message that’s been sent several times by the new president. Now, it’s being echoed by his top officials.
Yet another ill-considered power grab in the name of safety.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
That’s when Sensenbrenner said, “Nobody’s got to use the Internet.” He praised ISPs for “invest[ing] an awful lot of money in having almost universal service now.” He then said, “I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising for your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it, and then you take it upon yourself to make the choice.”
We desperately need to stop electing officials that have no understanding of the impact of the legislation they help pass.