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How You Can Help Save Net Neutrality


This week it was announced that the FCC will vote to repeal the net neutrality rules that were set up in 2015. This repeal moves the Internet from being a Title II system to a Title I system.

Many Americans are understandably concerned, and I want to lay out some great ways to help let your voice be heard.

Now while posting on social media, Reddit, etc. may be fun, it does little to help save net neutrality. There are a few things you can do that will help. Here are a few great actions to take.

 

Call Your Representative

For years I have said the best way to protect net neutrality is to have a law to protect it, not an FCC rule. I highly suggest you call your representatives and tell them how important net neutrality is to you. You can find the phone number for your representatives in the house and senate by entering your zip code HERE.

Make sure to be polite on the phone. Remember you are likely going to speak with a staffer and being rude will do nothing but hurt your cause.

Write Your Representative

Now that you have called, send a polite letter clearly laying out why you think net neutrality should be saved. Take a few minutes and make it a good letter sent the old fashioned way through the mail. You will find this a far more effective method than sending an email.

You can find the mailing address of your representatives and senators by entering your zip code HERE.

Please remember the best way to let your voice be heard is to reach out directly to the people who can do something about net neutrality. In this case, your representatives in the house and senate.

 Petition

There are numerous petitions out there right now to save net neutrality. Be careful about some of them because they are sites I have never heard of asking for a lot of personal information.

As always be careful of sites asking for a ton of personal information.

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  • Erik McDarby

    Hi, it should be noted that whoever sent out this cord cutter news article that the white house petition appears to be closed where no one can sign it.

  • David Kaye

    So, what’s going to happen? Most websites are served by big service providers, so they’re not going to be touched. I operate some Roku video channels and the files are served by Amazon. They’re not going to be touched, either. So, you upload a video to YouTube. Well, YouTube isn’t going to be affected, either. I have some web pages. They are served by a small web provider. Okay, they would be affected, but the only stuff that would be affected would be my static files, photos, etc. Dynamic content such as video are served by places like YouTube, etc., so again, that won’t be affected. The only trouble I see is the small service providers being given the slow lane, and I doubt that anybody but the people who use those small providers to serve video would be affected. Certainly, Netflix and other large providers won’t be affected, either.

    • TV Barrington

      There are tons of various possible scenarios that could theoretically happen in whole or part if net neutrality is abolished, and these possible scenarios would really depend on the whim of a particular ISP.

      For example, Verizon owns Yahoo, so they could either insist on Yahoo being your default search engine and block or severely throttle the others. Comcast owns cable TV and NBC, so they could block CBS All Access and Sling. Of course, it might not be throttling at all, but imposing data caps from competitors, but not having data caps on their own content.

      Another possible scenario that I’ve read about is where ISP’s offering block-free or throttle-free packages, where you paid for streaming packages, social media packages, shopping packages.

      Another scenario is where such streaming services like Sling, Netflix, and Hulu would be charged an un-throttled toll, but that streaming services would need to raise their monthly customer prices to offset that toll.

      Again, I feel that it will be the inventiveness of the particular ISP. I do feel like with cable TV, there will be various fees, but I also feel the fees either may not be immediate, or they may start off tiny and slow, so that it seems painless. However, between the effects of cord cutting has been from the high price of cable, cable companies like Comcast will eventually have their $87 internet only package costing $150 in a few years from various fees and such. You could also probably see various streaming services need to jack up their monthly prices because of access tolls.

    • Cooper McChester

      As I understand it, it is not about where the data is stored(server) but it is about the connection between the server and the consumer. ATT knows when I connect to a Netflix/Youtube server and they can monitor the traffic between us. At that point, they can tell Netflix that they need to pay ATT for the use of the pipeline*even though I already paid( Netflix/Youtube have no other way of connecting to us without using the pipeline. The ISP (without N.N) has the right to throttle Netflix if Netflix does not pay the toll.

  • Malignar

    So what are the possible positives to the consumer with this change? I’m not seeing many/any. Odd that lawmakers would sign off on this and risk the push back.

    • TexMarque

      The fact is that lawmakers have not signed off on this. NN is a regulatory rule. If one wants NN, then Congress ought to make it law, not regulatory guidelines.

      • Cooper McChester

        Might switch sides in next election.. Be the first time ever.

  • Lyntill

    Here is another view of Net Neutrality.

    Net Neutrality Advocates Are Modern-Day Snake Oil Salesmen

    https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/fcc-ajit-pai-net-neutrality-repeal/

    • Jared Cheeseman

      ok ty

    • bplewis24

      If by “another view” you mean completely wrong, then yes, it is another view. Not that it changes anything since an idiotic “viewpoint” is still idiotic.

      • Sunflower

        Rush Limbaugh podcast for November 27, 2017 on YT is a must watch!

    • I love Op-Ed’s that don’t even name the writer of the piece. For al we know, Ajit Pai could have wrote that.

    • Sunflower

      American Thinker article – Repealing Obama’s Net Neutrality a Blow for Freedom

    • Sunflower

      CNSNews: Dec 8
      Broadband Internet Is Not a Natural Monopoly – Shouldn’t Be Regulated Like a Public Utility

  • Tom Lambdin

    I’m trying to figure out where most people think the internet comes from, and why they think its “free?”

    • Net Neutrality isn’t about “free” as in cost. It’s about not allowing ISPs to decide which content get’s preferential treatment based on the provider paying a premium. For example, currently Pays a bunch of server costs which usually include access to the internet for the server that hosts this site. Let’s say that Comcast decides that they want to provide a boost to their NBC owned news sites. They can have NBC pay a “premium” for a “fast lane”. When you go to their sites it feels much faster than Lukes site. They could even go as far as to make their own “cord cutting” site which would have an advantage over this site because Luke can’t afford the premium that NBC “pays.” It’s not about free internet, it’s about the little guys voice. The internet is what it is because anyone can pay for hosting and access and make a website or an app. If the product is good, people use it, and the product or content maker succeeds. It’s as close to a free market as we can get. However, without Net Neutrality , we know give big corporations the power to use their wallets to exert a new kind of pressure into the free market that gives an advantage to companies that can afford to pay a premium for access.

      • Tom Lambdin

        That’s correct. Access isn’t free – for anyone. As with all things in “Free Enterprise” money talks bull shit walks and those who compete best whether it is innovation or capital succeed. Regulation slows everything down.

        • Net Neutrality doesn’t provide anyone with free access. We all pay. It stops ISPs from inventing new ways to double charge that currently don’t exists.

        • Cooper McChester

          You talk of “free enterprise” to companies that have monologues or (for a lucky few) duopolies. I would be OK to kill N.N IF ATT would be willing to give up their monopoly in my area.. But since that will be a no go with Ajit Pi, this N.N should still be enforced.

          • Tom Lambdin

            Your ISP fees are much like Costco membership. It’s what gets you in. Once in , nothing is free. The content you see on the net isn’t free either. Either you pay for it, or ads pay for it. When in brick and mortar vendors pay for product placement as they do with all the major retailers price invariably comes down. NN if challenged is likely a vertical reastraint of trade, but if even if it isn’t it artificially keeps prices high for cosumers,

            There really is two choices. High speed internet is expensive to create. Either it becomes a public utilty and the public becomes involved in developing the infrastructure (which is my preference) or we allow the private companies the ability to increase revenue streams to develop it by eliminating NN. The whole NN issue is just kicking the can the road.

          • ISPs are making money hand over fist. The concept Net Neutrality existed with the Telegraph, Telephone, and Internet. The idea of not having it started when ISPs wanted to pick which content can and can’t travel on the network. Net Neutrality is the underpinning principle of all our communications networks. Why should the internet be any different?

        • Cole

          Regulation is the only thing that protects the consumer. If not regulation, what exactly?

    • bplewis24

      I’m trying to figure out why you think that is a relevant point to Net Neutrality.

    • Cooper McChester

      LOL #fail

    • Theodore

      It would seem you have a great deal to try and figure out. Good luck.

  • I’ve been reading the comments and people are too focused on the big players like youtube and Netflix. The reason we need Net Neutrality isn’t for them. Sure the ISPs will charge more to give those providers a fast line. Netflix and Youtube will have no problem paying it as their pockets are deep. Who this will hurt is the next Netflix. The startup that will change things for the better will never happen because they won’t be able to keep up with the fast lane charges the current big players can easily afford. Killing net neutrality will give the incumbent ISPs and Big content providers an edge over smaller companies and will likely keep innovative startups out of the game. Net Neutrality ensures a level playing field for content where the best content wins out, not the company with the deepest pockets. Killing net neutrality will actually kill innovation.

    • Cooper McChester

      I agree with you but I use Netflix and Youtube because it is the ones people like and will hate to pay more for just to make ATT happy

      • And that’s really the issue. This “killing of NN” is really about inventing another way to charge for the same pipe. They already charge an access fee on both participants in a 2-way ex-change. Now they want to invent charges for the number of two way exchanges. Netflix gets charged for it’s access. Then anyone that want’s to use Netflix get’s charged for their access. Netflix makes more people by better connections which increases ISPs profit. To surcharge Netflix because they cause ISP customers to upgrade their service (making ISPs MORE money) is ludicrous. How many times can a company charge you for using the same product?

  • bplewis24

    What you can do to help net neutrality at this point is very little, because elections have consequences. But after net neutrality is gutted what you can do is to make sure you vote out as many Republicans in your next election as possible, as they are the ones who support the repeal of Net Neutrality, and this is on the record:

    House Vote for Net Neutrality
    For Against
    Republicans 2 234
    Democrats 177 6
    Senate Vote for Net Neutrality
    For Against
    Republicans 0 46
    Democrats 52 0

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/112-2011/s200
    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/112-2011/h252

    • Bats

      People knew about the Republicans and Net Neutrality a long time ago and still vote them into power.

  • Bats

    Right now, people who use DirecTV NOW and AT&T get special benefits. What’s the problem with that? Net neutrality people hate DirecTV now.

    Government regulation sucks and so does this net neutrality. Let the free market rule.

    • Cooper McChester

      Free market through monopolies??? Yeah that is gonna be a free market

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  • tommyr

    Yeah, good luck with that.

  • Vegas Steve

    The fix is in. NN is a goner.

  • Butch McGee

    I’m not convinced NN does what it’s name implies, like the “affordable” care act and its $11,000 deductible quoted to a single mom I know in CT with 1 daughter. There is a reason these things get the magical names they do.

    • Sunflower

      Have you read the infoWars linked article on Drudge today? If it’s true, it’s very disturbing that Soros funded groups are pro Net-Neutrality.

  • Sunflower

    Here’s another article today for The Daily Signal: Debunking the Left’s Myths on Net Neutrality