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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

Aug 11, 2018 Doreen DeLuca
Aug 9, 2018 Erika Ranzi
Aug 9, 2018 Brandon Juhl
Aug 9, 2018 Allen Bohnert
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2018 Kathy Toner
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 D Rose Hamilton
Aug 3, 2018 Julian Beckett
Aug 3, 2018 James Wrench
Aug 3, 2018 R M Kuhn I agree with K. Net neutrality MUST be kept in place!!!
Aug 3, 2018 Lucie Refsland
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 K Dyczko Net neutrality must be kept in place!
Aug 3, 2018 Jesús Reyes
Aug 3, 2018 b plethora
Aug 3, 2018 Debra Robinson
Aug 3, 2018 Susan Budd
Aug 3, 2018 Deborah Spencer
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 LINDA WHEALAN more intererence by special interest groups who want to dictate who, what, when or where we can utilize the internet while controlling the cost of what we pay for these services. Take action to keep net neutrality as Sen. Markey has done!
Aug 3, 2018 Carol Johnson
Aug 3, 2018 ellison hennessy
Aug 3, 2018 Bruce Fraley
Aug 3, 2018 Crystal Frank Let's re-think this. So many people and businesses depend on the internet for not only personal safety but professional matters. Slowing this important tool down could be deterimental to health and safety. Thank you.
Aug 3, 2018 Amy Harlib NO TO CORPORATE TYRANNY!
Aug 3, 2018 Humberto Acosta Keep Net Neutrality to defend freedom in the world.
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2018 Stephanie Schneider
Jul 26, 2018 Shirlee Miller We all deserve to have affordable internet.
Jul 26, 2018 Sally Simpson
Jul 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2018 Christine Maidl
Jul 26, 2018 Patricia Scott While advertisements are annoying, they do let the consumer know what product options are out there. I don't want my choices to be limited to the companies that can pay networks the most rather than what is best for me.
Jul 26, 2018 Brenda Rion The internet should be available to all, but it will not be if net neutrality is taken from us. Leave it in place. No ISP is losing money, so they do not need these protections removed.
Jul 26, 2018 Deborah Rinzler
Jul 26, 2018 Beth Guynn Net Neutrality is an absolute essential, especially for vigorous decomcracy.
Jul 26, 2018 Elmer Taylor
Jul 26, 2018 Kathryn Dalenberg Without net neutrality, it would be like b4 the AT&T telephone monopoly was ended. We will be at the mercy of AT&T & Comcast & Charter and woe to us!
Jul 26, 2018 Kathryn Moore
Jul 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2018 Mara Loeb Net neutrality is the last un-monetized territory for citizens. Protect it!
Jul 26, 2018 peter bondante
Jul 26, 2018 Joe Bloom
Jul 26, 2018 Tracy Schabacker
Jul 26, 2018 Rebecca Moon
Jul 23, 2018 Candice C

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