Either take a Stand For Net Neutrality or Don’t Complain When You Are Stuck In the Slow Lanes

By | February 18, 2015
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First we want to be transparent. We want you to know that the petition included i this article is courtesy of Firefox / Mozilla.

We strongly support Net Neutrality; we believe that you should have as much right as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo and other billion-dollar companies to access and use the Internet unimpeded. You should have as much right to open an online business, if you want, and not be held ransom by the big Internet Service Providers who, if Net Neutrality is not upheld, will put your site in the slow lane making it very hard for people to access. Sites like ours, who cannot afford to pay the ransom will be placed on the slowest lanes of the Internet while the billion-dollar companies, who can afford to pay, will enjoy the fastest lanes. This will funnel more traffic to sites whose owners can afford to cough up millions of dollars for “Preferred” access. This is not about competition or the survival of the fittest, this is about fairness and equality.

Yes, we know many of you think that the government sticking their hands in this will be bad news for us all – but think again. Yes our government has bungled a lot of things, maybe most things, especially in last couple of decades but it doesn’t bungle everything – think of child labor laws for example. Should we let free enterprise exploit children in the name of profit…didn’t thinks so. Our pharmaceuticals are among the safest in the world. There is no other entity powerful enough to reign in the telecommunication companies who want to divide the Internet up into fast and slow lanes based on the ability to pay. This is not competition or free enterprise, this will end up with the largest telecoms gobbling up the smaller ones until we all have less than a handful of providers to choose from – we’re almost there already.

What is worse than taking a chance on the government attempting to preserve Net Neutrality is doing nothing at all.

Before you decide you’re against Net Neutrality because you think everything works better when left to the whims of the rich and powerful, read this, then decide. After you’ve read that – you can let the government know how you feel, keep on reading…

 

Sign the petition

If you live or vote in the United States, please add your name to the petition using the form below (if not, please forward this to anyone you know in the U.S.A.)

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SECURE

United States

If you have problems filling out the form above,  visit the original page and fill out the form.

Dear Member of Congress,

The Federal Communications Commissioners will take a vote February 26th on net neutrality rules. I want the FCC to do all it can and put strong protections in place. I expect you to do the same.

As American citizens, we have been clear about what we want. To date, the public commented nearly four million times demanding that the FCC support full net neutrality. More than 300,000 of those comments were by phone — at one point reaching 1,000 calls per minute.

Clearly I am not alone in my belief that the Web is a global engine of innovation and entrepreneurship — a level playing field from which we can learn, connect and create. I stand with the millions of others in the global Web community that have opposed fast lanes which leave the majority in the slow lane, restricting freedom of choice online. There should be no blocking and discrimination of content online. If the FCC votes to uphold these protections, I am asking you to stand in support of full protections, and to leave a legacy that will ensure a free and open Web for generations.

Sincerely,
Your name will go here

7 thoughts on “Either take a Stand For Net Neutrality or Don’t Complain When You Are Stuck In the Slow Lanes

  1. Muriel.S

    I personally have signed this petition, and many other petitions in favor of net neutrality over the past 2-3 years, and registered several comments to the FCC via those petitions. Now that the FCC has actually listened, and proposed something I think is worthwhile, the majority party in the US House of Representatives is trying to take away the authority of the FCC to regulate because THEY don’t like what the FCC has proposed. I have also signed petitions against that attempted obstruction and manipulation.

    I am so sick and tired of the worn-out comments that “everything the government puts their hands on gets screwed up”. I agree “the government” is not perfect, and they do mess up, but there are many issues where the government simply HAS to take a stand in an attempt to make a level playing field for EVERYBODY….not just for the benefit of a chosen few. We are NOT “The United Corporations of America” no matter how hard many are trying to make it so….including the Supreme Court and US Chamber of Congress, among others.

    I feel compelled to mention that the very people (those currently in the majority party of the House and Senate) … the same people screaming and “running” on a “less government” platform……are ALSO the very same people that want as much government involvement as possible as long as it DOES NOT help you and me. They support the Patriot Act; they want the government to say who you can marry, they want the government to be able to spy on you without restraint, they want the banks and big oil and gas to “run free” no matter how much damage they do or people they hurt, in fact, the ONLY group they want to restrain and manipulate is you and me. They like to claim they are against big government. It’s a lie.

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  2. Richard Phillips

    though i live in Australia ,i agree that Net neutrality , should be for all net users no matter where or what they are in business or other for schools academics farmers the list goes on ,lets make this a fair thing for all

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  3. Virginia Mayor

    I cannot get the form to show me exactly what it wants. I entered my name and address but when I hit send it comes back telling me to correct the problem below but there is no “below”. I want to vote but need help.

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    1. Muriel.S

      I had the same problem. Then I experimented and finally got to the form by clicking on the “send now” button below the form.

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      1. Virginia Mayor

        I found the form OK but it doesn’t let me know what it wants in the blocks other than the first 2 so I’ve tried everything and about to give up.

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  4. Ken Roberts

    I am standing with Cloud Eight because they have never steered me in a wrong direction . I still mistrust this government under the present leadership . but I trust TC and Eight ball. Thank you for all you guys do .

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  5. Rosa

    I can’t figure out what to put in these form lines. It says every field must be filled out. What do I put in these lines?

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