As a professional who works in a library, I see first hand on a daily basis the importance our public internet/wifi service is to our citizens, many of who do not have internet access. Librarians, by the very nature of what we do, support 1st amendment rights, and right of our citizens to free and equal access to information. I personally lie awake at night worried that the FCC plan will:
- End Title II protections and erase the three Net Neutrality rules passed at the FCC in 2015 and upheld in court last year.
- Legalize internet blocking and discrimination by Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, no questions asked.
- Permit throttling back the speeds of different kinds of websites and apps.
- Encourage paid prioritization — sticking most sites and apps in the slow lane and reserving the fast lane for the few wealthy companies that can afford special treatment.
- That the added cost for internet subscribers to access information could cost libraries (as organizations that are internet subscribers) millions of dollars in added taxes to provide open access to the Internet. By the way, we will be using your tax dollars which support the operation of the library, to pay those taxes…
- We are concerned that major media conglomerates will censor political speech or stop competition to their old cable-TV and telephone businesses.
It’s been shown time and time again that Title II of the Communications Act is the best and only foundation for Net Neutrality rules we have right now. And it gives the FCC the authority to enforce other important rules about broadband affordability, privacy and competition. Title II works, plain and simple
In laymen’s terms. Think of two highways. The autobahn is available to a select few who can afford it. And a dirt country road avail to those who cannot afford otherwise. Access to the internet is not a luxury utility but an essential service.
Please write to your congressional rep and /or state Senator to voice your concern regarding the importance of net neutrality. https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express