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Friday, April 28, 2017

Tonight's Poet Corner: Introspection

Guys - it's time to fight for net neutrality again.

From the way the new chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, talks, you'd think we were all a bunch of free speech hating, commie bastards. Far from it. We believe in a free and open Internet where monopolistic internet service providers are held to account when it comes to equal access to the web.

You want to make sure your ISP doesn't block or throttle your favorite sites? Or that they don't create fast and slow lanes for big companies versus small ones? Or that they're transparent in all of their activities? We thought the fight was over in 2015: How wrong we were.

I highly advise you to read the following articles below for context on what net neutrality is and how it affects us Internet users. Then, it's time to respond to the FCC itself. Already, conservative groups are flooding the comment section with duplicate messages. We need to overwhelm them like we did in 2014.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/04/26/what-net-neutrality-and-what-would-its-reversal-mean/100930220/

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/331012-what-killing-net-neutrality-means-for-the-internet

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/fcc-chair-ajit-pai-explains-wants-scrap-net-neutrality/

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-pai-net-neutrality-20170426-story.html

To read the FCC proposal to gut net neutrality rules and respond to it, click the links below:

https://www.fcc.gov/document/restoring-internet-freedom - Proposal text

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108 - Place to file a response (Click "Express")

Please, everyone - it's crucial that we preserve our Internet, especially now that we rely on it so much. We need all the help we can get.

Have a great night and a great weekend, everyone.

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