With a potential Congressional vote to end Net Neutrality, it is imperative that people contact their Representatives to urge them to vote against the FCC’s recommendations. (And you can learn more via http://www.battleforthenet.com)
But why should we support Net Neutrality? You may be thinking…and here are some good reasons:
- Ajit Pai, Chair of the FCC, has not only made some problematic comments about being a “Verizon Puppet”, but there are also issues around possible collusion in AT&T/Time Warner merger discussions.
- Losing net neutrality means that providers can create “tiers” and discriminate in favor of larger organizations over smaller organizations like Chicago nonprofits and businesses like Opulent Credit Builders
- Net Neutrality is a social justice issue (yes, we said it. Out loud) because we believe that digital access is a basic human right and that programs that provide online access to low-income residents (like the Chicago Public Library’s hotspot program) are critical to driving community development.
Still unsure? Here’s a recent conversation about issues surrounding Net Neutrality: