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What is Net Neutrality About?
A U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in January 2014 gave Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T the power to slow down or block Internet traffic. ISPs can now discriminate between data on any grounds, charging different rates based on content, or censoring webpages altogether, effectively ending free speech on the Internet
ISPs have something that companies like Facebook and Google don’t – direct control over your physical connection to the Internet. Now that there are no legal restraints to stop them, ISPs are free to monitor everything you do and say online, and sell your information to the highest bidder.[/
In 2012, Google created a petition as part of a campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act that collected over 7 million signatures. The massive online resistance in opposition to these two monstrous bills stopped them from becoming a reality.
Today, the internet is once again under attack, this time by ISP’s who wish to capitalize on content providers and eliminate net neutrality. Though Google and other major companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Microsoft have come out in support of preserving a free and open web, we believe much more can be done.
Though many of us have concerns about the larger implications of Google’s effect on the world, as far as surveillance and ties to military technology, we are not here to protest Google.
Google, with its immense power, has a social responsibility to uphold the values of the Internet. We encourage Google to engage in a serious, honest dialogue on the issue of net neutrality and to stand with us in support of an Internet that is free from censorship, discrimination, and access fees.
The FCC in a 3-2 vote approved strong net neutrality rules. It was a stunning decision as it defied vocal, months-long opposition by telecom and cable companies and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
The FCC intends to use this new authority to ban “paid prioritization,” a practice whereby Internet service providers can charge content producers a premium for giving users more reliable access to that content, as well as to ban blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. These rules also apply to mobile access.
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