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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

Jun 16, 2018 Nicholas Zecher
Jun 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2018 Corina Christensen
Jun 10, 2018 Allen Olson
Jun 10, 2018 Mel Green
Jun 10, 2018 Mitchell Dormont Working for the greediest among us? Jackass!
Jun 10, 2018 Erika Somlai
Jun 10, 2018 sue harrington
Jun 9, 2018 Judy McKinney
Jun 6, 2018 Leora Yoak
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 2, 2018 Melinda Matheus
Jun 2, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
Jun 2, 2018 Connie Raper
Jun 2, 2018 Carrie Phyliky Rimes
May 27, 2018 Dale Clausen Meyer The World Wide Web needs to be available to all classes of people. Do not charge, keep it freely accessible so we may continue to celebrate freedom of speech.
May 23, 2018 Michelle McNeely
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 alan harper
May 15, 2018 Stephanie Schneider
May 15, 2018 Bill Testerman Preserve net neutrality!!
May 15, 2018 Suzanne Favalora
May 15, 2018 Diane D Please commit to equality for the regular citizens and protect all of us from corporate greed. Removing net neutrality is just another way to give the wealthiest more power & money at the detriment of the regular working class!
May 15, 2018 Joann Hess
May 15, 2018 ki paul
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) The rights of the individuals who make up this country are more important than the large corporations. Net neutrality rules should continue as written.
May 15, 2018 martha griffith This is the this third time I''ve signed this petition but if I have to sign it a hundred times I will. What are they thinking or did I forget the FCC is like most government agencies they don't think..
May 15, 2018 Jennifer Senate Internet should be a utility and not a package-by-package deal.
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Government agencies should always work to protect the interests of individual citizens, not corporate greed!
May 15, 2018 Jona Milo
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Enough invading our privacy and lives for financial gain.
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 Anne Koopman
May 15, 2018 Tiobe Barron
May 15, 2018 Emily Harris
May 15, 2018 Joanne Godzicki
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Must keep Net Neutrality Alive! !
May 15, 2018 Heather Handley Removing net neutrality is just another way to give the wealthiest more power & money!
May 15, 2018 Melissa Conrad
May 15, 2018 V Truong Please commit to equality for the regular citizens and protect all of us from corporate greed. Thanks.
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 Renee Mraw
May 15, 2018 Joylinda Jenner The internet companies make less than 1% of the population. They think it is unconstitutional make internet price caps. WE thunk it is unconstitutional to to deprive us of internet use & make us pay through the nose for usage.
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 Livia Preda
May 15, 2018 Paula Keenum
May 15, 2018 Laura Haworth

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