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An open Internet is in jeopardy. Here’s what you can do about it

By January 15, 2014 News No Comments
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Thanks to a ruling yesterday from a federal appeals court, the openness of the Internet is in serious jeopardy. The short story is that the court struck down the 2010 Open Internet Order of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), which prevents Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to whatever content and traffic they like. This would mean that companies like AT&T or Verizon could decide to block or interfere with websites that, say, criticize media monopolization. Or maybe the people at the top of an Internet service provider company hold specific political views, and want to block content that goes against those views. Without the Open Internet Order, they can do that, and much more. Restrictions like these stifle our ability to learn, participate, create and communicate in a digital world.

The Open Internet Order now needs to be re-established by the new FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler. But just as it was the voice of the people who rendered draconian legislation like SOPA virtually unpassable just two years ago, it is now up to us to tell Mr. Wheeler and the FCC that we value an open net, and they must work to redraft a new order with a stronger legal framework. You can do this today by adding your name to this petition from Free Press, and by spreading the word to your own networks for them to join you in action. Get educated at MAG-NET, Public Knowledge and Free Press.