The Battle continues for the online world and on July 12th this week it was Net Neutrality Day. Over on the Twitter Sphere it was a day when everyone got together and had their voices heard including a lot of the major tech companies. More than 7 million people wrote to the FCC in order to keep Title 2 of Net Neutrality. It’s an ongoing issue that’s been going back and forth for many years and now….for like the 4th time…. we go back again and touch on an issue that has been so problematic for a government agency to come to grips with.
The majority of the internet agrees that Title 2 needs to stay and I would agree that we need to regulate ISP’s so they won’t be able to throttle speeds, sell your data or raise prices on customers. As for me, I don’t trust my Internet Provider to do the right thing. Many customers had issues with ISP’s in the past. Comcast and ATT are examples of providers that have throttled customers in the past. I encourage you to look up examples of cable and telecom providers throttling the internet. There’s a possibility that throttling will happen if Title 2 is lifted. With Title 1 regulation, there are no strong consumer protections compared to Title 2. Title 2 has strong internet protections and treats data equally on a non-discriminatory basis. Back in 2005-2007 there were documented examples of data discrimination. I hope you’ll take a moment to read about such cases in this well-written article from webwewant.org.
The FCC has been around for 83 years, but its telecommunications history goes back to the Civil War days. Some historians claim that’s when Net Neutrality started.
What can we do to continue the fight?
Fortunately the fight still continues! We still have until July 17th to leave comments on the FCC’s website letting them know you want to keep Title 2 in place. Make sure you keep writing to the FCC! I feel that Trump’s pick for FCC, Ajit Pai, will only play out bady if we remain silent about the Net Neutrality issue. Ajit was one of the opponents of Title 2 going back two years when he voted against it. At that time he lost by a 3-2 vote. A ‘light touch regulation’ was how Ajit referred to it in past interviews. He advocated backing only the Title 1 light-touch framework of the Clinton and Bush Administrations.
Last week a Net Neutrality Town Hall took place in Seattle. It featured FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn who had voted against repeal of Title 2 back on May 18th. She lost, being outnumbered by a 2-1 vote. Have a look at the full-length video below. And thanks again for your support of Title 2 and Net Neutrality for all.
Net Neutrality Town Hall