Protect Our Internet

Protect Our Internet

It’s our Internet, and the Telecoms are trying to take it away

The Giant Telecoms like Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner and Verizon are going after net neutrality and they have the perfect weapon. The new chair of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is a former lawyer for Verizon and an opponent of net neutrality. He is moving quickly to turn the Internet over to the Telecoms by allowing them to control content.

“The FCC’s announcements today suggest they want to step back and allow concentrated players to pick winners and losers online.” – World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee in Politico

This is the battle of the People vs. The Telecoms
and it’s happening at the FCC right now!
Join the Fight!

Who We Are:

Protect Our Internet is a campaign of Popular Resistance. The mission of Protect Our Internet is to keep the Internet vibrant, free and equal.  

In 2014, Popular Resistance was part of a mass movement of people and Internet businesses who worked together to push the FCC to put rules in place that reclassified the Internet as a common carrier. This means that all content is created equally and telecoms can’t limit access to content.

Think of what the Internet would become if the Giant Telecoms had this power – they would control which media messages would dominate, which businesses would have access to customers and what information would be available to searchers.

Reclassification of the Internet as a common carrier in 2015 gave the FCC the legal power to protect net neutrality from legal challenges by the Telecoms. It is protecting our freedom to use the Internet!

But ever since then, even though their profits are strong, the Telecoms have been continuing to challenge net neutrality through the courts and by lobbying Congress. Now the new chair of the FCC, Ajit Pai, has announced that he wants to take the classification of the Internet as a common carrier away by the end of this summer!

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Are you willing to do more to protect the Internet so that it is a tool for all of us?

Just as we did in 2014-15, we are working in coalition with many Internet freedom groups to protect net neutrality. We are planning actions both online and in the streets. If you want to stay informed, click here to sign up for our email blast.

Why is Net Neutrality Important?

Net neutrality means that Internet Service Providers, like Verizon and Comcast, as well as the government regulating the Internet, should treat all content on the Internet the same without discrimination or charging differently by the user, content, website, or mode of communication. The open Internet with equal access for all is what has made the Internet an engine of creativity, an opportunity for free speech, a tool for entrepreneurs and a platform for economic growth and political dialogue.

The net neutrality rules put in place in 2015 and upheld by the courts ensure that everyone has equal access to the web. It means start-up companies can get online and be entrepreneurs who can create new products and services. It means alternatives to corporate-mass media can get their views out to the public so news is not limited to the commercial media. It allows people’s video of government abuse to get online just like big business-controlled television. It means the Internet will remain a vibrant and growing part of our culture and economy. It ensures that the Internet is a venue for Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century.

Our first task it to protect rules put in place in 2015 that treat the Internet as a common carrier. We won that battle because millions of people joined the campaign to protect the Internet, and we can do it again.

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News

For more information on net neutrality and our campaign visit these pages. 

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  • 90 Organizations Urge Congress To Restore Net Neutrality April 4, 2019
    We the undersigned 90 organizations urge House members to pass the Save the Internet Act restoring the strong protections for net neutrality and broadband access guaranteed by the 2015 Open Internet Order. Since the repeal of the Open Internet Order by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in December 2017, millions of Americans have been fighting […]
  • Free Press Action Hails Committee Passage Of The Save The Internet Act As Landmark Net Neutrality Bill Advances To House Floor April 4, 2019
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed the Save the Internet Act of 2019 (H.R. 1644) out of committee with a 30-22 vote. The legislation, which would restore the FCC’s strong Net Neutrality rules and Title II legal framework for broadband, is expected to move to the House floor, where it […]
  • Poll Shows National Consensus In Favor Of Net Neutrality March 22, 2019
    Most internet users expect the freedom to be able to toggle between Twitter and Instagram with both programs loading at the same speed. However, what many don’t realize is that governmental policies are controlling our access to the internet, including social media. In 2015, under the Obama administration, rules were enacted that prohibited internet providers from […]
  • “The Whole Internet Is Watching.” Internet Protest Planned Ahead Of Key Net Neutrality Vote Next Week March 22, 2019
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Communications and Technology is expected to hold a markup and vote on the Save the Internet Act (HR 1644) as soon as next week. Internet activists are planning an online protest, starting Monday, with the intention of making the livestream of what would otherwise be a relatively obscure […]

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