Petition to bring Pro Net Neutrality ISP options to our neighborhood

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With Net Neutrality rules being rolled back, the FCC has voted to relinquish the ability to regulate ISPs. This potentially allows companies like the ones that service RAV, in AT&T and Charter (our neighborhoods ONLY two options for ISPs) the ability to throttle your internet speed, charge even more money for access to websites, and restrict access to things such as streaming services, until you fork up some extra dough. Additionally, they will likely censor its users as AT&T and Charter were leaders behind the lobbying of Net Neutrality repeal.

Some examples of censorship:
AT&T: In 2012, AT&T announced that it would disable the FaceTime video-calling app on its customers’ iPhones unless they subscribed to a more expensive text-and-voice plan. AT&T had one goal in mind: separating customers from more of their money by blocking alternatives to AT&T’s own products.

VERIZON: During oral arguments in Verizon v. FCC in 2013, judges asked whether the phone giant would favor some preferred services, content or sites over others if the court overruled the agency’s existing open internet rules. Verizon counsel Helgi Walker had this to say: “I’m authorized to state from my client today that but for these rules we would be exploring those types of arrangements.” Walker’s admission might have gone unnoticed had she not repeated it on at least five separate occasions during arguments.

With that said, maybe its time our board and community evaluate writing alternative providers (like Grande Communications) that support Net Neutrality to lay cable/framework through the neighborhood? 

In a poll created over this past weekend on the Facebook RAV group. We evaluated our neighborhoods interest in the matter and came back with the following votes:

19 were Interested in exploring options with the community, to petition for additional pro-Net Neutrality ISP alternatives

1 was not aware or familiar with Net Neutrality but willing to learn to make an informed decision

0 were not interested and don't care about Net Neutrality

We met with the board at the 12/19/2017 meeting to share some thoughts and they are open to reviewing a proposal. In reaching out to various pro NN ISPs, please help and let us know if you support this effort and movement to get ahead of the ball so that we are not hindered by censorship down the line!

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