Target: Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
Goal: Reinstate Net Neutrality so internet providers cannot charge companies for priority in reaching internet users
Net Neutrality has been in place since the Internet began and it is what prohibits Internet providers from discriminating between websites. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently put Net Neutrality in line for elimination. This will forever alter how the Internet works unless the FCC changes its course.
Big Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T, BellSouth, Comcast and others pressured the FCC to end Net Neutrality so they could prioritize websites that pay them the most. A BellSouth executive said, for example, if Yahoo paid more to a certain Internet provider than Google, then Yahoo would load faster than Google for the people that used that provider.
For a company to have a high priority so their page would load fast, they would have to pay the Internet provider a certain fee. This would usually exclude small businesses, activist groups, religious groups, nonprofit organizations, and others. The Internet providers could effectively set up an Internet tollbooth and cater to the mega-rich corporations who have the money to pay the fee while excluding all the rest.
Without Net Neutrality, it would be impossible for small businesses–such as Google, which started out of a garage–to expand and grow because they would not be able to afford to get their website a high priority. A recent coalition of technology companies–including Google, Amazon, and eBay–called on the FCC to reverse their decision and stated, “The incredible potential of broadband would be severely compromised if network operators are permitted to be the gatekeepers of the Internet, deciding what content, applications, and services succeed or fail on the Internet.”
Please urge the FCC to reinstate Net Neutrality to keep the Internet free and open.
Dear Tom Wheeler,
Eliminating Net Neutrality for the Internet is a big mistake. Without Net Neutrality, wealthy companies have a huge advantage over smaller companies. If Internet service providers can charge a fee to prioritize certain websites over others, small companies will never get prioritized because they will not be able to outbid their rich competitors.
If Net Neutrality is eliminated, the way that the Internet operates will be forever altered. By catering to wealthy companies, the Internet will no longer be free. Network providers will only give priorities to the companies that pay them the most and these will inevitably be the largest corporations with the most money. The small companies and new businesses will be excluded and will not have a chance to expand. This is just a ploy by the network providers to get more money by making the companies pay a fee for priority.
Please reverse your decision to eliminate Net Neutrality and do not give in to network provider pressure.
[Your Name Here]
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