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The FCC's final vote to dismantle net neutrality laws is a tragedy and big loss for consumer rights. There's no denying that these are dark days. But this is absolutely not the time to give up the fight. This is the time to ramp up the fight. There are still ways that we can win. Congress can still block the FCC's decision. There will be legal battles in court as well. There are also plans cropping up for new bills/legislation that will restore at least some of the most crucial protections that were afforded by the Title II utility classification for the internet. One or more of these things could go through, meaning that there is still hope for this to turn out okay. We need to write and call our members of congress right now. That's how we can make a difference. The time for writing the FCC is over. Their part of the story is done. Now we need to contact congress and put as much pressure on them as possible. It's of the utmost importance that we convince the republican congressmen that net neutrality is a non-partisan issue, and that losing it hurts everyone equally. Go here to help: https://www.battleforthenet.com/ I'm sure most of you have already heard the doomsday scenarios of what the internet could look like without net neutrality. I sincerely hope that this worst-case-scenario is nothing but fear mongering and exaggeration, but the point is that is could happen. There will be nothing stopping the ISPs from blocking and throttling, and controlling what we do and see online. Perhaps they will play nicely, but I don't want to take that chance. I would rather have protections against unfair practices in place. I've heard from some that "the internet is not free", and that "someone will have to pay for it". Such people argue that if net neutrality stays, we will end up paying for it as a government tax, but if net neutrality goes, we will pay the ISPs instead. They argue that the latter is preferable, because it will allow the ISPs to use the profits to provide more and better service. This sounds alright at first, but I believe this argument to be flawed. Firstly, of course the internet isn't free! It never was. We pay a monthly bill for internet access. When we say we want the internet to remain "free", we don't mean free in the sense that we don't pay for it. Of course we pay for it. We mean free in the sense that we can freely access any site we want at the same speed. What we want is to make sure that the speed we pay for works equally on all sites. We don't want the ISPs to have the power to block and slow sites that they don't want us to use. Secondly, ISPs are not like struggling mom & pop stores that need our support. They are giant, disgustingly wealthy and powerful corporations with monopolies, and they care little about consumer rights. I highly doubt they would take extra profits and turn it around and give it back to us in the form of better service. I fear that they will simply abuse us for their own personal gain. I would rather have protections in place to make sure they can't engage in unfair practices. How about you? Do you want to continue to be able to use these forums, download games on Steam, and stream video from any site, all with the full speed you pay for? Then you need to fight for your right to do so. Write and call congress. Do it everyday. Share this link everywhere you can. Spread the word. Do not allow yourself to become lax about this. Do not give up. Keep fighting everyday. If we put enough pressure on congress, we can still win. https://www.battleforthenet.com/
Net neutrality is once again in danger. Trump and his ragtag band of cohorts seek to destroy all we hold dear. This cannot be allowed. We all need to stand together to stop this. Once more unto the breach, dear friends. Protect net neutrality. Do not let the forces of darkness turn our internet into a totalitarian nightmare. A free and open internet is our right. We will never let them take it away. We need your help. Every one of you. Do you like these forums? They'll likely fall if net neutrality is abolished. Stand with me and fight. I don't care if you're atheist, Christian, Muslim, black, white, brown, orange, green, male, female, both, neither, other, Martian, Vulcan, Klingon, or a shuffling Cronenberg. I don't care if you loved or hated Slice of Life. Hell, I don't care if you think Flurry Heart is cute as the dickens. We're brothers and sisters in arms. All of us. Make your voice heard right now. Tell them to protect net neutrality and uphold Title II. http://gofccyourself.com Perhaps this is better suited for a blog post. Apologies, but this is too important. This is our fight for our freedom.
I'm sorry if someone else has already done this but.... I'm really worried. If you haven't heard already the FCC is basically planning to turn the internet into pay as you go service like cable tv http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjOxNiHUsZw Watch this video. Sorry I don't know how to put up videos on the page But seriously the campaign has hit 1 million comments but we need to do better! Follow this link to write a protest against the FCC! https://www.dearfcc.org/ This may not become anything but if it does we're here to stop it! Thank you for your co-operation and please help us keep the strange place we call the internet free!