From: Josh Levy
I’m Josh Levy of the organization Free Press, and I started a petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which says:
The D.C. Circuit’s decision in the Verizon vs. FCC case dealt a huge blow to the open Internet.
Right now there is no one protecting Internet users from ISPs that block or discriminate against websites, applications, or services. Companies like Verizon will now be able to block or slow down any website, application, or service they like. And they’ll be able to create tiered pricing structures with fast lanes for those who can afford the tolls and slow lanes for everyone else.
It’s time for the new FCC leadership to correct the agency’s past mistakes and to reassert the agency’s clear authority over our nation’s communications infrastructure. To preserve the open Internet, the FCC must reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service.
Use your authority to establish a solid legal footing for the vital policies and protections this court decision threatens.
Sign Josh’s petition
The D.C. Circuit court dealt the latest blow to the open Internet by striking down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order, because of the questionable legal framework the agency used when it adopted its net neutrality rules in 2010.
This ruling means there is no one who can protect us from Internet service providers that could block, speed up or slow down web content based on its source—or charge you more depending on what website you are looking at.
But there’s hope: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler can correct the agency’s past mistakes and truly protect our nation’s communications infrastructure.
We only have until the May 15 FCC meeting to pressure Wheeler to ensure the FCC maintains an open Internet
Tell the FCC to restore net neutrality rules.
The agency must take the necessary steps to make broadband networks open, accessible, reliable, and affordable for everyone.
The FCC is currently hearing from lobbyists, interest groups and trade associations.1 We need to tell the FCC to start treating broadband like a communications service and to restore its net neutrality rules.
Add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.
1. “Lobbying Efforts Intensify After F.C.C. Tries 3rd Time on Net Neutrality,” The New York Times, April 24, 2014
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