A surge of opposition should prompt Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to scrap his plan to create a tiered Internet. Under his ill-advised proposal before federal regulators, websites willing to pay premium prices to Internet service providers would be able to reach customers and run faster than those that don’t. ISPs like Time Warner and Comcast could charge higher rates to companies such as Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft. Start-ups unable to pay higher ISP fees would be hobbled.
The easiest way to learn why net neutrality is such a big deal is to view the video below, courtesy of the watchdog group Free Press. (It’s less than two minutes long.)
Visit the Free Press website to find out how you can contact the FCC. Time is of the essence. The commission is scheduled to vote on this rule change during its meeting on Thursday, May 15.
Here’s an excerpt from The Seattle Times editorial board’s May 11 editorial:
The best plan for the FCC is to ensure net neutrality by regulating cable and telephone companies as common carriers. A federal court ruling even told the commission how to do it under the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Wheeler has no support for a bad idea from his colleagues or the public. Shelve the pay-for-priority Internet plan.
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