New York and Montana Enact Their Own Net Neutrality Laws; Other States To Follow
On January 24, 2018, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed an executive order protecting net neutrality in New York on Wednesday, making it the second state to issue such a rule after the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to repeal the open internet regulations in December 2017.
Two days earlier, Montana’s governor, Steve Bullock, signed an executive order that would force internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules, even while the FCC has repealed those rules nationally. Montana became the first U.S. state to enact its own net neutrality law.
California, Nebraska, Washington, and Massachusetts are considering passing their own versions of net neutrality legislation. However, Republicans and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said there are already laws in place that advocate for an open internet, calling net neutrality regulatory overreach.
Our Dear Americans: We’re suing the FCC over its shameful decision to destroy the Net Neutrality rules. Chairman Pai and the two other Republican commissioners voted to destroy the open internet, ignoring the voices of tens of millions of people and handing control of the internet to companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.
These companies are now free to carve the internet into fast and slow lanes. They could block or slow down any content, services or apps they choose — and even silence political speech they disagree with. This is terrifying for anyone using the internet to organize for justice and challenge the powerful.
We won’t stand for it.
Let us be clear: Ajit Pai will not have the last word on Net Neutrality. We intend to sue the FCC on the basis of its broken process, deeply flawed legal reasoning, willful rejection of evidence that contradicts its preordained conclusions, and absolute disregard for public input. We have a very strong case in court.
But we won’t stop there. We’re also urging lawmakers to overturn the agency’s decision and fighting back online and in the streets. And people are showing up — in red states and blue states, big cities and small towns. They’re discussing Net Neutrality in Teen Vogue, NASCAR fan forums, Black Lives Matter meetings and church on Sunday.
There’s no time to lose.
Chip in $10 (or whatever you can) to fuel the fight in the crucial months ahead. A generous donor will match all donations up to $30K by Dec. 31, so please give right away. The future of the internet hangs in the balance.
The people connected will never be defeated!
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CONGRESS CAN OVERRULE THE FCC VOTE. CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW.
The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules, letting Internet providers like Verizon and Comcast control what we can see and do online with new fees, throttling, and censorship. But we can still get Congress to stop this—by passing a "Resolution of Disapproval" to overturn the FCC vote.
Dec. 14, 2017: 18 state attorneys general have petitioned Ajit Pai’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to cooperate with New York’s Eric Schneiderman in an investigation over fake net neutrality comments that used stolen American identities. Schneiderman, in a separate press release, also announced he would lead a multi-state net neutrality lawsuit.
The FCC lawsuit was announced shortly after the net neutrality vote that approved a repeal of regulations on broadband internet providers.
The FCC’s fraudulent comment problem has been an issue that’s been plaguing the net neutrality debate for some time. Earlier in December, Schneiderman called for the net neutrality vote to be delayed due to what he has called “identity theft on a massive scale.” FCC commissioner Migon Clyburn even referenced the issue in her dissenting vote on Thursday, citing “the FCC’s refusal to cooperate with state attorney general investigations.” (Click Headline for more).
Millions of people have gotten involved in the Net Neutrality fight since word of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s awful plan broke through in a big way last Tuesday, Nov. 17th.
#NetNeutrality trended globally on Twitter that day and was the top-trending hashtag in the United States. Redditors representing a dizzying range of political philosophies and subcultures spoke out: In fact, the most popular post in the NASCAR group’s entire history is about the need to save the open internet.
People are waking up the social-media outcry with all kinds of activism. Since last Tuesday, people have made over 500,000 calls to Congress to urge lawmakers to condemn Pai’s plan.
In fact, Capitol Hill staffers are feeling so besieged that a few have reached out and asked us to make the calls stop.
That means the pressure is working. Need some proof? On Saturday, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine became the first GOP senator to publicly oppose Pai’s proposal, joining scores of Democratic leaders who have spoken out over the last few months.
Since Pai was once a Verizon lawyer — and is, let’s face it, still working for the company — people are organizing protests outside corporate-owned Verizon stores all across the country.
As of today there are 600 protests in the works in all 50 states in cities including Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Des Moines, Miami, New York City, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Wichita. We’re working with our Team Internet partners Demand Progress and Fight for the Future to give people the tools they need to recruit fellow activists and highlight their message to passersby.
Though the Verizon protests will take place on Dec. 7, folks in Los Angeles didn’t want to wait until then to speak out: Dozens of activists demonstrated outside the federal building in the city’s Westwood neighborhood on Nov. 28.
We’re also teaming up with our partners in the Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition — which fights for the digital rights of communities of color — to present a Net Neutrality Wake-Up Call Rally outside the FCC the morning of the big vote (Dec. 14, 2017). Activists, artists, musicians, lawmakers, former FCC commissioners and others who are committed to fighting for both Net Neutrality and racial justice will be there.
All of this activity comes on the heels of an epic FCC comment period in which more than 20 million people weighed in on Chairman Pai’s Net Neutrality-killing plan. A whopping 98.5 percent of individual comments support keeping the open-internet rules.
Pai has ridiculed all of this activism as “fear-mongering and hysteria” — and even maligned celebrities like Alyssa Milano, Cher and Mark Ruffalo for speaking out.
We know the truth: People like you are making a difference.
The movement in 2014–15 to get real Net Neutrality was huge (yuuge, as a vile orange tyrant might say). But this moment we’re in right now is smashing all records. In all the years we’ve spent fighting to protect the open internet, we’ve never seen anything like it.
So don’t give up, because this fight isn’t over. Go to a Verizon protest on Dec. 7; if you’re on the East Coast, see if you can make it to D.C. for the big rally on Dec. 14.
Keep fighting like hell to save the internet you love. Source:FREE-PRESS.NET
FreePress.net reports that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai officially kicked off his attack on Net Neutrality with a speech full of lies. Ajit Pai is a former Verizon lawyer now in a prime position to keep his telecom buddies rich by rolling back rules designed to protect us from their greed. His argument is completely transparent, and his motives are clear: Internet freedom in the era of Pai and Trump is for sale to the highest bidder.
"Pai is lying about investment and wooing the right-wing fringe to continue his long-standing war on internet freedom. His willingness to trot out alternative facts and recycle long-debunked industry talking points should worry anyone who cares about the free and open internet. There aren’t many details available yet on his proposal, but his intent is clear: to destroy the internet as we know it and give even more gatekeeper power to a few huge companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizo," says Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron.
Business Internet price caps eliminated even when customers have only one choice. The Federal Communications Commission today voted to eliminate price caps in much of the business broadband market by imposing a new standard that deems certain local markets competitive even when there's only one broadband provider.
"What this order does is open the door to immediate price hikes for small business broadband service in rural areas and hundreds of communities across the country," FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat, said in a detailed dissent. "Cash-strapped hospitals, schools, libraries, and police departments will pay even more for vital connectivity."
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Internet Creator
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, created what he called the “world wide web” while working at CERN – a research labratory. Berners-Lee's revolutionary creation was first detailed in a March 12, 1989, memo—is now celebrated as Internaut Day on Aug. 23. Estimates are that 3.4 billion people are now connected to the global internet or have access to it. Sir Tim could have been the richest man ever, but instead, he choose to give the internet to the world – FREE! Now, it’s up to ALL of us to protect and enhance it.
Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the organization founded in 1994 that develops and maintains the technical specifications on which the web is based. He also founded the World Wide Web Foundation, launched in 2009 to further the use of the web for the betterment of humanity. He deserves our support to keep the internet open and free.
Berners-Lee has remained a powerful force in ensuring that the web remains a free and open platform that anyone can use it how they wish. He has also been an outspoken advocate for net neutrality, the concept that internet service providers should treat all data on the internet equally.
The Web Belongs to ALL of Us! Take action to protect and enhance it!
Trump and GOP Destroyed Internet Privacy Protections in April 2017
On March 28, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives overturned the FCC’s landmark broadband rule and gave companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon free rein to spy on customers and sell their private information. Six days later, on April 3, President Trump signed the resolution into law, and repealed protections requiring internet service providers (ISP) to get your permission before collecting and sharing data.
ISP’s can sell your entire web browsing history to literally anyone without your permission: including, your app usage, geolocation, financial and medical info, your children’s info, your social security number, even the contents of your emails. Privacy advocates, consumer groups and the tech community are all attacking the decision. More than 15,000 calls against the measure poured into the Capitol in the two days before the House vote.
NOW, Trump Wants FCC to End Net Neutrality
FreePress.net reports that, in a meeting with phone and cable-industry lobbyists, President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, unveiled his plan to end Net Neutrality and destroy the open internet. He is not friendly to net neutrality. And, he plans to move on it fast – the process could begin as early as late April 2017.
The Trump administration is doing everything in its power to clamp down on dissent, and give the big companies (e.g., AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner) absolute control over internet services and programming to the consumer’s misfortune. This means higher prices for limited services to boost corporate profits. They are not looking out for us, their customers.
The open internet has fostered unprecedented creativity, innovation and access to knowledge, and to other kinds of social, economic, cultural, and political opportunities across the globe. It allows us to organize and rally against oppression and suppression, and to promote peace and goodwill across the planet. Net Neutrality is a critical part of our lives. We cannot lose Net Neutrality. Save the Internet! Defend your rights to connect and communicate. Take action now. Join the battle.
Do you want to pay higher prices to a monopoly for limited services to boost corporate profits?
Nonprofits Fighting "For" Net Neutrality
Let Your Voice Be Heard! The Web Belongs to ALL of Us!
Save The Internet: Become knowledgeable about the subject. Read alternative / independent news sources. Watch You Tube videos.
Defend The Net: Check out nonprofits working in this area. Join one or more nonprofits. Donate financial support.
Protect The Net: Email your representatives in Congress. Tell them: SAVE THE INTERNET. PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY.
Spread The Word: Share this page by email with your friends, post this link on Facebook, Meetup Groups and social media.
Take Action: Join a Rally or Protest in your area, or online.
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