Major telecommunications companies are intent on transforming the Internet – from an information center for all of us to a profit center for them. They want to charge consumers extra for use of the websites and applications we want most.
These internet providers are investing big money in a legal and lobbying campaign to end net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should be able to access any web content or applications, without restrictions or limitations. In fact, Verizon was just in federal court, challenging the Federal Communications Commission for tighter control of the Internet.
Net neutrality has driven the Internet’s growth, fueled innovation and altered how we communicate. We must make certain that for-profit interests do not destroy the democratic culture of the web.
That principle, known as net neutrality, is what has made the Internet so great. And now it’s under attack by Verizon and other big telecoms looking to boost their profits.
We the undersigned urge Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to preserve the open Internet to ensure that all Americans have equal access to our public electronic square where so much of our political discourse occurs.
We call on you to stand strong for net neutrality and ensure that Open Internet protections remain in place for all Americans. Our democracy benefits from a knowledgeable and engaged public, and the uncensored Internet plays a critically important role in keeping the public informed.