From today's email from Demand Progress (minus "send us money!"; ellipses, emphases, notes, footnote expansions, picture additions mine):


(computer showing a globe representing the World Wide Web, blocked by the word CENSORED)The FCC just voted to kill net neutrality.

Trump FCC chair Ajit Pai sided with his former bosses at Verizon over the millions of people demanding that net neutrality rules stay in place.

But if he thinks we're done fighting to save the free and open internet, he's dead wrong.

Congress has the power to overturn Pai's repeal of net neutrality, and we're leading the charge to make sure that our representatives step in—starting by driving hundreds of thousands of calls to Congress to demand that the FCC vote be overturned. And for the members of Congress who stand with Comcast and against their constituents, we'll make sure the voters back home know about it.
But we can't give up now, because there's simply too much at stake. The internet as we know it will disappear. Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T will be allowed to throttle internet speeds and force people to pay exorbitant premiums to stay off their "slow lane."

Startups and small businesses will be drowned out by billion-dollar corporations, and ISPs will be allowed to block sites altogether if they view them as competition or just disagree with their politics. [Wired, "Expect fewer great startups if the FCC kills net neutrality," December 12, 2017] Comcast could decide tomorrow to block access to Skype because it has its own video-chat client. Verizon could drop access to CNN in order to push viewers to Fox News.

Net neutrality isn't just about what we pay for the internet—it's about upholding our democratic society.

Bell executive on a telephone pole, smiling as he cuts all but one of the wires in the 'internet' cable, including 'fast service', 'new content', 'innovation', '', '', and 'consumer choice'. Homeowners below: 'But they say we'll all be better off this way...'Ajit Pai may not care about the 22 million comments to the FCC that were overwhelmingly in favor of net neutrality, or the more than 700 protests across the country last week to stop the FCC's attack on the internet, or that 83% of Americans [including 75% of Republicans] opposed his plan to repeal Title II. [The Washington Post, "This poll gave Americans a detailed case for and against the FCC’s net neutrality plan. The reaction among Republicans was striking," December 12, 2017] [see also the survey questionnaire] But if we take that outrage to Washington, D.C., we can force Congress to care.

Congress has the power to overturn the FCC vote, and we're going to make sure that our representatives stand up for net neutrality. ...


from the Washington Post article:


... large majorities of Americans — including 3 out of 4 Republicans — oppose the government's plan to repeal its net neutrality rules for Internet providers. ...

The survey ... concluded that 83 percent of Americans do not approve of the FCC proposal. Just 16 percent said they approved.

Americans in the survey were far less likely to find the FCC's arguments for repeal persuasive, and far more likely to agree with arguments for keeping the regulations. While 48 percent said they found the government's case convincing, 75 percent said they found the contrasting arguments of consumer groups and tech companies convincing. ...


(image source 1; image source 2 -- articles from 2014 warning of the consequences of not having common-carrier regulation for the internet)

Find contact info for your Senators and Representative. Let them know that corporate censorship of a resource developed using our tax dollars, as scientific research infrastructure, is completely unacceptable!

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“'s about upholding our democratic society.”

Do America’s rulers want a democratic society?

They just took away an important tool. Uniting and cooperating will now be more difficult.

As Cat said, we can’t give up now.

An argument somewhat more likely to appeal to Republican ears: it's also about upholding economic freedom and innovation. Google and Facebook were once small startups themselves, which would not have been able to afford exorbitant tolls (bribes) to have meaningful access and bandwidth to their millions of users.

Santa Clara County files suit after FCC net neutrality vote.

- Santa Clara County announced its intention to file a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission's vote today to repeal regulations for net neutrality.

The decision from the FCC in a 3-2 vote in Washington, D.C., today came down as the county held a news conference with members of the Board of Supervisors, county health officials and Sheriff Laurie Smith at the county building in San Jose.

More in the above link, or here.




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