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Seems important to all the members of xmca
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From: Mark Surman, Mozilla <Mozilla@e.mozilla.org>
Date: Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 8:27 AM
Subject: Saddening, maddening and unacceptable -- but we're not surprised.
At stake: free speech, innovation, education and cat videos
It's been a while since we've talked about net neutrality. Big things are
happening in Washington right now, so let's get caught up.
*Yesterday afternoon, the Federal Communications Commission's new Chairman
Ajit Pai announced a proposal to gut net neutrality.*
If you need a refresher on what net neutrality means, here is the John
that broke it down and then broke it out into the mainstream.
[image: FCC Chairman announces plans to reverse U.S. net neutrality
We've got a fight on our hands if we want to protect our ability to say,
watch and make what we want online without interference from corporate
interests. Without this basic principle, the Internet could break down into
fast lanes for the rich and slow lanes for everyone else.
Two years ago, the Federal Communications Commission passed rules
protecting net neutrality. A lot can change in two years. *Now, net
neutrality is threatened by that same agency.* Chairman Pai is proposing to
seek public comment on undoing the FCC's 2015 order, including both net
neutrality rules and the clear legal authority on which they relied. That
proposal will be voted on at the FCC's next meeting on May 18th.
This all means that we need to act immediately and rally the millions of
voices who care about the Internet to remind Chairman Pai and the FCC it is
their job to protect net neutrality. And when we say rally voices, we mean
VOICES. We're going old school in the battle to protect net neutrality.
We're fighting to save the Internet with voicemail!
*Here's what we need you to do: *
1. Pick up your phone.
2. Dial (888) 534-6762.
3. Wait for the beep.
4. When you hear that beep, start talking. Tell Chairman Pai why net
neutrality is important to you.*
*Need a few reminders of how net neutrality makes the Internet better? *
Here you go:
- *For concerned Internet users:* Net neutrality is fundamental to free
speech. Without net neutrality, big companies could censor your voice and
make it harder to speak up online. Net neutrality has been called the
"First Amendment of the Internet."
- *For web developers and small business owners:* Net neutrality is
fundamental to innovation. Without net neutrality, big Internet service
providers can choose which services and content load quickly, and which
move at a glacial pace. That means the big guys can afford to buy their way
in, while the little guys don't stand a chance.
- *For teachers and students:* Net neutrality is fundamental to quality
education. Without net neutrality, ISPs could block resources that compete
with their own offerings, letting them choose the sources you can use for
research, perhaps based on who is willing or able to pay an extra fee.
- *For people who love cat videos:* Net neutrality is fundamental to a
healthy Internet. Without net neutrality, ISPs could decide you watched too
many cat videos in one day and throttle your Internet speeds leaving you
behind on the latest Maru memes.
There are a million reasons why we must protect net neutrality. Record a
voicemail and give Chairman Pai yours. We'll deliver everyone's messages
straight to the FCC. We plan to play them in public in advance of their big
meeting in May.
P.S. Can't get to a phone to leave a voicemail? Go to the FCC's comment page
to send a written message to FCC Chairman Pai.
* Mozilla will record your voice messages and send them in an audio file to
the FCC. Messages left at this number for any other purpose will not be
returned. Message content must comply with Mozilla's Conditions of Use.
Do not include personal information in your voice message.
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