Success: Internet Declared Open for All


Target: Chairman of Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler

Goal: Celebrate’s FCC’s decision that no government or corporate organization can control the internet.

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that the internet cannot be controlled by the government or corporate organizations, ending the fight for net neutrality. The issue has received massive attention by many Americans who value how they access and view content on the internet. The FCC has ruled that the internet is open for all who access it in the United States. To celebrate, you can sign this petition and praise the FCC for supporting freedom of speech and expression.

Force Change recently wrote several petitions on this topic, urging readers to stop corporations from monopolizing the internet. The issue has been hotly contested for years, but gained traction in 2014 when the issue was finally up for debate by the FCC. The ruling would put the nail in the coffin regarding this issue, and the ruling has been praised by several organizations.

Large corporations such as Comcast, AT&T, and other internet service providers wished to control how users would access the internet. These corporations would allow users to browse websites that paid these internet service providers. For those websites that couldn’t afford to pay ISPs, access to their websites would be tampered with. A user could access Facebook and find that the webpage would take several minutes to load, instead of taking a few seconds. In regards to Netflix, a popular streaming platform, ISPs could limit how much a user could stream shows.

The case has outraged many American citizens who believe that such control over the internet is a violation of free speech, and would create a monopoly. These ISPs would have complete control over what Americans could access, and many thought it was unethical. Fortunately, the FCC ruled towards an open access internet, and Americans can continue to access whatever content they wish.

Sign this petition and praise FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for supporting a world wide web that isn’t controlled by the government or corporations.


Dear Chairman Tom Wheeler,

I am overjoyed to hear that the internet will never be governed by any organization. This invention has brought millions of people enjoyment, enrichment, and education. It’s allowed humans to find friends, love, and learn about the world around them. It’s changed the way we interact with one another and I’m grateful that the FCC ruled for open access internet.

The internet is one of the strongest symbols of free speech in the United States, and if the internet were to be controlled it would cripple America’s ideals. I would like to thank you and your agency for supporting this right.


[Your Name Here]

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