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!
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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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  • Librarians Read FCC Title II Riot Act July 20, 2017
    By John Eggerton for Broadcasting Cable - The American Library Association says the FCC under Chairman Tom Wheeler got the reading of the law right when it imposed strong net neutrality rules under Title II (common carrier) authority. It said 120,000 libraries and their customers would be seriously disadvantaged by getting rid of the rules […]
  • Digital Media Companies: Net Neutrality Rules Help Us Compete July 19, 2017
    By Sara Fischer for Axios - Why it matters: Many news publishers believe the current net neutrality rules help them survive in an economic environment that already favors tech and telecom companies that distribute content over media companies that create it. In comments to the FCC, Digital Content Next CEO Jason Kint argues on behalf […]
  • Why Net Neutrality Is A Working-Class Issue July 18, 2017
    By Bryan Mercer for In These Times - You might have noticed your browsing experience was interrupted by a call-to-action on Wednesday, July 12. Amazon, Netflix, Etsy, OKCupid and hundreds of other sites covered their loading pages with banners and images asking you to save the internet. Millions of us joined together to protest the […]
  • Here’s How The Internet’s Net Neutrality Day Of Action Unfolded July 14, 2017
    By Colin Lecher for The Verge - Today, some of the world’s biggest internet companies and activist groups are coming together to protest the FCC’s proposed rollback of net neutrality protections. Google, Twitter, and Reddit have weighed in, as have groups like Mozilla and the ACLU. The complete tally of groups and people involved in […]

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