In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission voted for net neutrality under the Obama administration. Net neutrality is the idea of a free and open internet, and without it, internet service providers (ISPs) could limit one’s access to information, making it more expensive to use the internet and making it harder to access some sites.
Net neutrality gives anyone the freedom to access any site on the Internet. Have an obscure topic for that research paper you’ve been writing? Without net neutrality it could be hard to find any articles on the subject if the writers are unable to pay to promote it.
Especially here at SAU, a liberal arts college, net neutrality is very important in gaining the type of education to ensure real world success.
The Trump administration is looking to abolish net neutrality. The vote is coming to Congress on December 14, and it isn’t hard to take a stand. Here are 5 ways you can speak up to keep your access to the internet fair:
- Fill out this form which allows you to file a formal complaint to restore internet freedom.
- Contact your representatives. You can find the representatives from your area with this link. Call, email or write; just get the message out.
- Sign various petitions, like this one, to let legislators know that you do not condone them taking away basic access to the internet.
- Join the millions of people speaking out on Twitter with #NetNeutrality.
- Talk to your family and friends about net neutrality and why it is important. Grandpa Joe probably doesn’t know anything about it, but he might help take a stand if he knows its important to you.
Don’t let the FCC take away your right to the Internet, do your part and stand up for net neutrality.
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