We’ve seen these fake compromises masquerading as real Net Neutrality before, and these bills are all lies, all around. They all create massive loopholes in the law that would allow for a bunch of harmful discriminatory practices, and prevent the Federal Communications Commission from adopting and enforcing rules that would actually protect people going forward.
Disguised as Net Neutrality legislation
These bills protect phone and cable companies from any real oversight while paying lip service to an issue members of Congress know their constituents feel passionately about.
The Comcasts and Verizons of the world don’t need protecting. These companies are after one thing only: profit at any cost. But the internet is a critical tool for all of us trying to thrive in today’s world. Net Neutrality is what keeps the internet free and open for social movements to grow, marginalized communities to tell their own stories and small businesses to succeed.
These proposed bills need to be exposed for what they are: a cynical and outdated political ploy, and an industry effort to prevent the FCC from enforcing the law to keep the internet open and free from discrimination.
“If you want a few unregulated companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to control the future of communications, these bills are for you,” said Free Press Action’s Matt Wood. “But fortunately, most internet users — no matter their political affiliation or walk in life — don’t want these bills at all. They want real protections for internet openness, competition and affordability, and they know that essential communications networks deserve these basic protections.”
Let’s stop these terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Net Neutrality bills in their tracks: Urge your lawmakers to reject them right now.