Reprinted from The Nation by John Nichols on November 24, 2017.
“Net neutrality is the First Amendment of the Internet,” writes John Nichols in The Nation. “It guarantees that speech is equal on the network of networks—whether the words come from Walmart, the corporate behemoth that identifies as the largest retailer in the world, or Walmart Watch, the movement that ‘seeks to hold Walmart fully accountable for its impact on communities, America’s workforce, the retail sector, the environment and the economy.’
“Net-neutrality protections assure that the essential democratic discourse on the World Wide Web cannot be bartered off to the highest bidders of a billionaire class that dominates the political debate on so many other media platforms.
“Citizens love net neutrality. ‘The overwhelming majority of people who wrote unique comments to the Federal Communications Commission want the FCC to keep its current net neutrality rules and classification of ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act,’ Ars Technica reported in August. How overwhelming? ‘98.5% of unique net neutrality comments oppose Ajit Pai’s anti–Title II plan,’ read the headline.
Want to send a comment directly to the FCC about pending Net Neutrality changes? Go to www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express. Enter the number 17-108 in the first field, which is called Proceeding. On the same screen, you can type your comment and submit it to the FCC. Your comment will be part of the FCC’s official record in this proceeding.