The FCC’s proposed changes to Net Neutrality called “Restoring Internet Freedom” which they will be voting on December 14th is anything but. If passed, it would allow major Internet Service Providers; like AT & T, Verizon and Comcast to charge their customers premium prices to reach certain content and throttle back services, and it would destroy open internet access, and affect everything we do online, from the connections we make and the communities we create.
Chairman’s Ajit Pai’s claim that allowing broadband providers more control would spur investment is a dubious proposition at best, and in many respects reflects the Republicans reliance on the big lie… I mean faith based notions, like trickle down economics. What is clear based on what we’ve already seen happen in Portugal is that these changes will carve internet access into fast and slow lanes, favoring the traffic of large content providers who can afford their premium prices, consigning all others to the wayside.
If the rationale behind the FCC’s proposal was unconvincing, their process for public commentary is even worse. With New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman investigating what appears to be an organized campaign of fake comments, an inquiry which from all appearances the FCC is actively stonewalling, having “refused multiple requests for crucial evidence.”
Meanwhile the Government Accountability Office is currently looking into the FCC’s dubious claims that several distributed denial-of-service attacks were responsible for their servers crashing, preventing an unknown number of citizens from getting their comments into the official record. Like many of the actions undertaken by this current administration, these deconstructive actions are not in the best interests of the American people.
It is another attempt to rush an ideological agenda through with as little scrutiny as possible. This proposal only benefits the largest ISP’s, and should the FCC commissioners fail to hold public hearings around the country before voting on this matter, their lack of responsiveness will give the public just cause to question who FCC really works for.
If you don’t want to see this pass, direct your phone calls and emails to the FCC’s three Republican members: Ajit Pai – 202 418 1000, Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov, Mike O'Rielly – 202 418 2300, Mike.ORielly@fcc.gov, Brendan Carr – 202 418 2200, Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov, and submit your public comments online to: http://bit.ly/2zorO7T
And be sure to follow up on this matter with your 7th District Congressional representative Dave Brat at (202) 225-2815 and two State Senators; Tim Kaine at (202) 224-4024 and Mark Warner at 202-224-2023 and tell them voice their objections to the FCC’s attempts to eliminate Net Neutrality.
Editor's Note: This is an expanded version of a letter submitted to Louisa's paper of record, the Central Virginian by one of our “ghost writers” and was later withdrawn from consideration and is only available on-line here.