If you’re a regular reader of the SurfEasy blog, or indeed a regular viewer of the Last Week Tonight show with John Oliver, you’ll have seen that last week, John Oliver went on a 12-minute diatribe regarding the FCC’s dismantling of the Open Internet rules and the subsequent threat to Net Neutrality.
You can read more about this issue here, but Oliver ended by urging all internet users to voice their concerns directly at the FCC website, where they had asked for public comment.
Here at SurfEasy we are huge supporters of Net Neutrality and believe that it’s vital that the fight for an Open Internet isn’t forgotten.
But how can you make your voice heard and help to save Net Neutrality?
1. Leave a commend at fcc.gov/comments
Every day, the FCC creeps closer to allowing a two-tiered internet. Since they shot down the Open Internet rules, ISP lobbyists have been working to change the internet as we know it. Let the FCC know that you don’t support this change; visit fcc.gov/comments to get your voice heard.
2. Donate to Save The Internet
The internet activist group Free Press have started a campaign called Save The Internet to fight to help Net Neutrality. However, freedom fighting isn’t free; there are lawyers’ bills, web hosting, administrative costs, researchers and advertising. If you believe in Net Neutrality but you don’t have time to help the cause in any other way, donate a few dollars at the Save the Internet site and help out that way.
3. Call your congressman or government representative
Although readers in the States will have the most say in this issue, this shouldn’t let British, Australian or European web users from making their voices heard. The FCC is presiding over the issue of Net Neutrality because Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 allows them to do so. However, many people believe that Congress should introduce a bill to bring this under the jurisdiction of elected officials. Whether you agree or simple don’t want a two-tiered internet, write to your congressman, MP, elected official or anyone else you care to write to. You can find a pre-written template here.
Here at SurfEasy we fully support an open and fair internet. Visit SurfEasy.com today to find out more about what we do.