In May of 2014, the FCC made a historic decision to advance rules that will kill the "Open Internet" as we know it. Despite public outcry nationwide, Tom Wheeler, current chairman of the FCC, and his democratic commissioners betrayed Net Neutrality rhetoric, and instead approved the consideration for rules that would create a "two-tiered Internet." that will:
- stifle innovation by putting startups with less funding at a competitive disadvantage because they can't afford to pay for faster access
- increased costs because companies will pass along new costs for "premium traffic" to consumers
- decreased privacy because ISPs will snoop on user traffic so they can prioritize "premium" traffic over "regular" traffic
The FCC has asked Internet users to weigh in on Net Neutrality by posting to the comments section on the FCC website, http://www.fcc.gov/comments. There have been over 800,000 comments, an overwhelming number that even caused the site to crash on July 15th. Continue to leave comments through July 18th and pressure the FCC to protect the Open Internet. Make your voice heard!