Restore Net Neutrality By Directing the FCC to Classify Internet Providers as "Common Carriers".
On January 14, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that struck down the Federal Communications Commission's open internet rules, commonly known as "Net Neutrality" because ISPs are not classified as "common carriers". This ruling allows ISPs to charge companies for access to its users and charge users for access to certain services. Fewer companies will be able to afford access for innovative ideas and products.
We urge the President to direct the FCC to classify ISPs as "common carriers" so that the words of the FCC chairman may be fulfilled: “I am committed to maintaining our networks as engines for economic growth, test beds for innovative services and products, and channels for all forms of speech protected by the First Amendment.”
Yes do not allow Tom Wheeler to take away our rights. The senate or congress to help us and not the corporations, we are paying to high a rate as it is. We are not silent to this injustice, someone out there please help us the common people, save our freedom and constitutional rights. We are being robbed by our government, TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. help me.
Laws should be passed that make it illegal for former corporate lobbyists and CEOs to be appointed to positions of power such as the FCC. The position of FCC Chairman needs to be taken away from Tom Wheeler and given to someone who will have neutral view and one who support the people rather than corporations.
Dave Foster commented
"The time is now for the FCC to classify broadband as Title II. Without this step, we are playing fast-and-loose with the most opportunity-creating technology in all of communications history. Without this step, we are guaranteeing an Internet future of toll-booths, gatekeepers, and preferential carriage. Without this step, we stifle innovation, put consumers under the thumb of special interests, and pull the props from under the kind of rich civic dialogue that only open and non-discriminatory communications can provide."
-Michael Copps (FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011)
David Duncan commented
This ruling will affect and essentially do away with genealogical research that is now so freely and constructively being utilized by the public at large. We urge you to reconsider and designate ISP's as common carriers to make the internet accessible to all equally.
To place an ISP in between consumers and content is tantamount to allowing corporations to dictate our rights. The FCC should act to protect consumers; not corporations.
Patricia Ochman commented
Net neutrality is everyone's business and the chairman of the FCC must be pressured to insure that the First Amendment is protected without counting on the interpretation of the ISP's.
Scott Severn commented
Agreed. An ISP is a service provider first and foremost. Telcos cannot disconnect our phone calls based on what we discuss on the phone. ISPs should not be able to prioritize our internet usage based on content.
Patrick McDermott commented
It is an absurdity that we have gone so long without this important consumer protection.