FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (above) has proposed new legislation that would change the Internet as we know it. Specifically, as many have pointed out, it would drastically threaten net neutrality. Essentially, the FCC’s new laws would create the option of paying premium rates to boost Internet users’ broadband connections.
Many, including Senator Al Franken, see an affront to net neutrality as an affront to first amendment rights. They point out that the Internet is a great equalizer. If corporations get special perks that everyday people and smaller websites cannot afford, one of the biggest things that makes the Internet great will be jeopardized. As Barack Obama put it in 2007, “[Getting rid of net neutrality] destroys one of the best things about the Internet—which is that there is this incredible equality there.”
Take action and voice your opposition to the FCC’s new legislation now! They are set to vote on May 15th, so there is no time to waste.
To learn more about how important net neutrality is, read this call to action.