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Buster Gammons

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Net Neutrality In Jeopardy Again? GoFCCYourself!

The Trumpistopheles administration is hell-bent on undoing every bit of good done during the Obama years.  The latest example is another push from the big ISP's to eliminate the FCC's rules on net neutrality -- the long-held idea that all internet data/traffic should be treated and delivered equally, without "fast lanes," "slow lanes," or premium-priced websites.

This issue last came up in 2015, and the FCC at that time came down firmly in favor of net neutrality and regulation of the internet as a public utility.  This is what we want, and what we have for now.  But Trump's new FCC chairman is Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer.  He's a dissembling jackass, ready to do the bidding of Comcast, AT&T, Charter, Verizon, Cox, CenturyLink, et al.  Those big ISP's still want to destroy net neutrality so they can play favorites and charge us more for less.

Below you'll find links to a good article on the subject by Troy Wolverton of the San Jose Mercury News, plus links to some of my old posts on net neutrality.

But once again, the tip of the spear in our fight for truth, justice and the American way is British comic John Oliver.  Three years ago, he urged his viewers to flood the FCC website with comments supporting net neutrality, and 3.7 million people did exactly that.   The effort was effective, and Oliver is leading the way again.

Since it is virtually impossible to figure out how to leave a comment on Ajit Pai's new FCC website, Oliver and his team purchased the URL "gofccyourself.com."  This takes you to a page where you click "Express" in the upper right, then you're taken directly to the comment page.  (You write a comment, review it, then submit it.  I just did it, and it works.)

Please do this, and leave a comment or ten to the effect that you support strong net neutrality, backed by Title II oversight and regulation of all Internet Service Providers.  Let's try to get more than 3.7 million this time.  With slimeball Pai in charge, we're gonna need it.

So, just do it.  As Oliver said, "Don't tell me you don't have time to do this.  If the internet is evidence of nothing else, it is evidence that we all have way too much time on our hands."





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