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2017 July 12

Join the Day of Action for Net Neutrality on July 12th

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Today is the “Day of Action” for net neutrality—a day when people and businesses everywhere can speak up for the important role that regulation plays in ensuring freedom of speech.

JULY 12TH: INTERNET-WIDE DAY OF ACTION TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY
The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them.

via Join the Day of Action for Net Neutrality on July 12th

It may seem strange that regulation is important for freedom, but freedom of speech and freedom of the press requires that those who provide the infrastructure (historically the public marketplaces and parks, nowadays the internet) not be allowed to censor based on content or who is speaking.  This is precisely the principle of net neutrality, which does not allow ISPs to charge different fees or provide different services dependent on whose data is being sent.

My Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a small local one, and they are very strongly in favor of net neutrality—it is only the very large, monopolistic ISPs like Verizon that favor being allowed to take bribes to give some services preferred access to consumers.  Trump appointed a Verizon executive to remove net neutrality and concentrate power in the hands of the monopolists, but today is a time to push back and insist on freedom.

Go to Join the Day of Action for Net Neutrality on July 12th to find out more about net neutrality and to sign a petition asking Congress to defend it!

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