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In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enacted the Open Internet Order, better known as net neutrality. The rules of net neutrality made it illegal for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to bar, throttle, or slow access to content, applications, or services, as well as prohibiting ISPs from giving paid prioritizations to content or services on the Internet [1].

The new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, is taking steps toward removing net neutrality and returning the Internet, and its regulations, back to their original status prior to 2015. Pai has been longtime critic of net neutrality. In his view, the regulations on ISPs stifle innovation and investments, saying in a speech in Washington, D.C., "It's basic economics. The more heavily you regulate something, the less of it you're likely to get [2]."

Supporters of net neutrality, like the trade group the Internet Association - which represents tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook – have been adamant that net neutrality must remain in place. "The internet industry is uniform in its belief that net neutrality preserves the consumer experience, competition and innovation online," the Internet Association said. "Existing net neutrality rules should be enforced and kept intact [3]."

MIT Technology Review asked in an online article, "many ISPs are rolling out streaming video products of their own. What is to stop them from giving their own content, or that of an exclusive partner, preferential treatment [4]?"

Instead of making an executive order, Pai submitted a proposal that is open to public comment and will then go before the full panel of FCC commissioners. However, he seems dismissive of any actions other than removing net neutrality [5].

Net neutrality ensures that everyone has equal access to content and services on the Internet, regardless of their provider or location. That must not change! Show your support of net neutrality and holding Internet providers to the standards of open, equal Internet access by signing the petition. Make your voice heard!

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President Donald Trump:

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is taking steps to eliminate net neutrality rules for Internet Service Providers and retract the Open Internet Order of 2015. This would be a disaster for consumers, businesses, and the innovative technology industry as a whole. Net neutrality must be kept in place to ensure that all consumers are provided equal and open access to the internet, content, services, and devices.

Without net neutrality in place, Americans would have no guarantees that their access to content and services would be uninterrupted, throttled, or even barred by companies looking to outperform their industry rivals. With many Americans living in areas without open competition of providers, this would leave them with little or no recourse to access the internet and its content in the manner of their choosing.

According to Engadget, "Removing the regulations could ease the burden on small ISPs that serve limited communities, but it also makes it easier for large conglomerates like Comcast (which owns NBC) to give it priority to its own content over that from say Netflix." The possibilities for Internet Service Providers to disenfranchise their consumers for their own interest is too great a risk, and the American people must come first.

The Open Internet Order rightfully moved Internet Service Providers into the public utilities category under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This put the internet and its service providers under the stricter regulations of the FCC. Chairman Pai's desire to re-categorize Internet Service Providers as Title I services would deregulate them, leaving them under the jurisdiction of the FTC, and essentially allow providers to simply self-regulate – a recipe for disaster.

With the history of Internet Service Providers already throttling access to content and practicing paid prioritization, such as AT&T and Comcast, the threat to consumers is not hypothetical but deeply founded. That discriminatory provision to broadband access must not be allowed to return.

I urge you, the President of the United States, to do what is necessary to keep net neutrality in place and protect American consumers. If Chairman Pai will not stop his pursuit of eliminating net neutrality, he must be replaced with a new Chairman of the FCC. For the sake of consumers, industry, and innovation as a whole, net neutrality must be protected.


Petition Signatures

Mar 14, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Mar 11, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Mar 10, 2018 Stephanie Linam
Mar 10, 2018 Jessica Haag
Mar 4, 2018 Brian Triest
Mar 4, 2018 Jane Lemison
Mar 4, 2018 Mitzi Coons
Mar 4, 2018 Andrew Kossoy
Mar 4, 2018 Liz Scherbak
Mar 4, 2018 Deborah Papaleo
Mar 4, 2018 Karen Yancey
Mar 4, 2018 Linda McLaughlin Be like the fox watching the hen house!!
Mar 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2018 Jane Thomas
Mar 4, 2018 B. L. JONES
Mar 4, 2018 Dee Randolph
Mar 4, 2018 Donna Coliz
Mar 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2018 Otto Salm
Mar 4, 2018 Henry Mongrain
Mar 4, 2018 Indiana Limas
Mar 4, 2018 Karen Limas
Mar 4, 2018 Rachel Limas
Mar 4, 2018 Scott Morrissy
Mar 4, 2018 Lynne Lerner
Mar 4, 2018 BETH MORRIS the internet IS a public utility
Mar 4, 2018 Elaine Hanson-Hysell
Mar 4, 2018 Christina Kazantza
Mar 4, 2018 Alice Kent The government is always trying to remove our's time to stop.
Mar 4, 2018 (Name not displayed) nother infringement on our basic rights--the Constitution is in danger!
Mar 4, 2018 Angela Ramirez
Mar 4, 2018 Karen Dickinson Please save net neutrality. Keep a fair playing field for all users
Mar 4, 2018 Irene W. Dowdell
Mar 4, 2018 Carole Jean De Maio, Ph.D.
Mar 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2018 Tina Beedle
Mar 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2018 Angela Tafoya
Mar 4, 2018 Susan Landphere
Mar 4, 2018 Pat Norton
Mar 4, 2018 try antonelli
Mar 4, 2018 Sharon Hughes
Mar 4, 2018 Nicholin Wagner Quackenbush
Mar 4, 2018 Matthew McWhirr
Mar 4, 2018 cynthia wedlund I think the internet providers have enough profit without having to slow down the internet in order to sell us a higher cost plan!
Mar 4, 2018 April Narcisse It is NOT a small thing to have net neutrality. It is freedom of speech and the right to get all kinds of info on the net without someone deciding what we can and can’t receive. We deserve open, equal internet access. Take that away and we will be lost.
Mar 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2018 J Brown
Mar 4, 2018 Jason Saville

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