Net Neutrality is the right to access whatever we want online without corporations getting in the way. It is the status quo, and in the 21st century there is no more palpable way to support freedom of speech than by ensuring the continued right to an open Internet for all Americans.
But big companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would like to change things, and become the gatekeepers of what we can say and do on the Internet, and the Senate may give them the chance to do so. It will soon vote on a ìresolution of disapproval,î a dangerous measure that would strip the FCC of its ability to protect the public online, and effectively end Net Neutrality.
We cannot allow the information superhighway to become a corporate toll road, where big companies decide what gets priority treatment. These companies want to place restrictions on which sites and services work faster, to make the net more like cable TV with tiered plans and a limited menu of available content.
Net Neutrality is the reason why the online world is a source of so much innovation and creativity; it nurtures entrepreneurs, artists, students and casual users alike. If the Senate passes this resolution, we'll lose the current diversity of opinions and perspectives, and once they're gone it will be near impossible to get them back.
Amherst Media urges Senator Scott Brown to stand with the public in support of strong Net Neutrality protections, and to vote ìnoî on the resolution of disapproval, and we urge you all to contact Senator Brown too.
Use his online form here: http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme
Or send him a letter:
2400 JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203
More info on Net Neutrality: http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-101