The ACLU Is Joining With Allies to Fight Mega-Corporations in the Battle to Save Net Neutrality

On July 12, 2017, a diverse coalition of interested parties including the ACLU, Amazon, Etsy, Mozilla, Kickstarter, and many others will come together to sound the alarm about the Federal Communications Commission’s attack on net neutrality.

A free and open internet is vital for our democracy and for our daily lives. But the FCC is considering a proposal that threatens net neutrality — and therefore the internet as we know it.

Former Verizon lawyer and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to reverse hard-won protections that cover millions of internet users’ access to a free and open web. Several years ago the ACLU helped win those network neutrality protections. Now, unfortunately, we need to fight the battle again. We’re ready.

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“Network neutrality” is based on a simple premise: that the company that provides your Internet connection can't interfere with how you communicate over that connection. An Internet carrier’s job is to deliver data from its origin to its destination — not to block, slow down, or de-prioritize information because they don't like its content.

If the government abdicates its oversight responsibility, internet service providers like Time Warner, AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon could arbitrarily privilege some content and assign painfully slow connections to other. In other words, giant internet companies would have the power to prioritize what we read, watch, and explore online.

The internet service providers’ history of attempting to do such things is already well established. Before the FCC began enforcing net neutrality rules, Verizon Wireless in 2007 decided that text messages from pro-abortion-rights group NARAL to its supporters were too “controversial,” so it cut off access to the group’s text messaging program. AT&T limited users from exchanging data created using Apple’s FaceTime video-calling app. A Canadian internet service provider cut off access to the web site of a union it was battling over working conditions.

Pai’s plan opens the way for these kinds of games, and much more. It would likely mean the creation of pay-to-play data “fast lanes” for those who can afford it — and slower connections for everyone else. This could give these mega-corporations the role of gatekeepers over the information we consume every day. And they would work to squeeze profits out of that gatekeeper role every way they can.

Who would lose? Independent news outlets, start-up businesses, small blogs and other publishers, grassroots activist groups — and everyone else who uses the internet.

This would be devastating to civil rights organizations and activists, who can’t afford to pay corporations to make their voices heard. The internet has been a vital tool for scrappy campaigns and movements, but they may not have enough resources to survive in Chairman Pai’s pay-to-play model.

But on July 12th, the internet will come together to stop them. Organizations like the ACLU, Fight for the Future, Center for Media Justice, Free Press, Demand Progress, and so many others will stand tall and sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality.

This website will provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your friends, family, and followers to take action.

We can’t let the FCC get away with this. In 2015, millions raised their voices to demand net neutrality protections and won. We can win again, and we must. The future of a free and open internet — and our fundamental freedoms — are at stake.

Learn more about the July 12 day of action here.

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Anonymous

Time Warner, AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are just greedy sons of bitches.

Anonymous

Throttling is not a net neutrality issue. ISPs already slow down connections in various areas for several contracted reasons. Too many users on a network element and high bandwidth transactions are two most common.

Net neutrality is being able to access data freely. Your speed is negotiated between you and the ISP. If you want true net neutrality then you must require the ISP to provide the same speed to all customers no matter what. This is not doable in our current infrastructure environment. Leave AT&T and Verizon alone, they are doing the best they can after Bill Clinton blew up the telco companies in the 1990s. His dumb ass policies got us into this data squeeze. No one was I incentivized to build high speed networks like fiber and coax cable. Dumb asses.

Jlong

Net Neutrality isn't about granting the sMe speed to each person, although that would be nice. Net Neutrality is setting the same speed for each piece of content a user is getting. If I pay for a 20mbit connection, I should get all my content on that connection at the same speed. What they are wanting to do though is eliminate the Neutrality of content and allow ISPs to set their own priority on content. So if you pay for 20mbit, but don't want to pay their premium for Netflix for example, you get that at 256k instead of 20mbit. That is the issue. I shouldn't be limited in my content because my provider doesn't want me using my bandwidth on Netflix instead of paying them for digital cable service.

Pay to Play

Interesting the ACLU uses the term "pay to play". Are they going to also go after apps that have in app purchases. Do in app purchases give an advantage to one group of users thereby disenfranchising another group? Yup they do.

If you want to us my service, i.e. Internet access, then you will agree to pay the price for the speed offered. There are several options for high speed internet access in areas where 90% of the population lives. More regulations encourages ISPs to standardize pricing schemes while reducing overall speed. Free competition allows companies to drive prices down and offer higher speeds.

Oh what about cloud services live Microsoft 365? They offer different levels of content and service based on price and your contract. Should we now make them provide the exact same services to every customer regardless of the contract. When did contract law become obsolete?

Anonymous

For those who are defending the movement away from title 2 regulations places on ISPs... Do you use a specific platform to do anything on the internet? For example do you stream from netflix, youtube, or Hulu? Do you use message boards like reddit? Do you play online video games? Because Net neutrality protects you from ISPs charging you extra for not just quality access to these services but access to them all together. Would you prefer subscribing to internet service then having to subscribe to what you can actually access on the internet and the pay even more for those spontaneous internet needs that are outside of your service subscription. Its hard to defend ISPs who already have very little to no competition a crossed the country. DO NOT LET THEM TAKE AWAY TITLE 2 PROTECTIONS. If we lose these regulations we lose the only level playing field that we have left. Anyone can reach millions through Youtube or blogging. Anyone can start websites to pitch their own ideals and or products. All of this is at risk if we fail to stop this from happening. The internet will be forever changed to the advantage of those who provide access to it.

Eli Samuel Goldman

Though we battle those in positions of authority who, through corruption, greed, extreme bias, and occasionally hate do Trump's bidding. We must also not forget that many do Trump's bidding out a sense of powerlessness to oppose his power, misguided or coerced trust, misinformation by his camp's extended media blitz, and well implimented and planned manipulations via false patronage, userped patriotism and pandering to religious factions and groups who feel wronged, harmrd or underserved. We must encourage law enforcement personel, groups and legal agencies not to allow themselves to be bullied, bought, and influenced to side against The People of this nation. Encourage those in positions of authority to learn the meaning of and importance of the people's constitutional guarantees and rights, and that they too are and must remain protected these freedoms, hence such freedoms must be respected rather than subverted or sidestepped. Those of authority who demonstrate the bravery to oppose Trump and those controlled by his influence must be supported and appauded. We must educate law enforcement that they realize Trump's lifelong history of attacking and opposing law enforcement and authority though sheer force of affluence and connections. Cleverly Trump's camp made those charged with opposing the most powerful criminals like Donald Trump side with him by telling them what they want to hear in response to their (sometimes justified sometimes precieved) flaws in the system leading to disgruntlement.

Eli Samuel Goldman

One of the ways Trump supporters redirect people's attention away from opposition and distort what I actually say and write is to bring up topics that many share a sense of discontent or having been unfairly treated that he addressed publicly using misapplied, repurposed, or other versions of MY OWN words he and his camp stolen/plagerized and used to win popular affect. ... The way he and his team also keep me from opposing their lies is by abusing, misapplying rules, laws, or making up on the fly demands to keep my on the move, keep me on the defensive, keep me cleverly harassed, and make it all seem normal and as if some were even kind to me. But the fact is that I wouldn't even been in the detrimental position I'm in if it wasn't for the abuses, harassments and manipulations by Trump supporters of businesses, people, rules, laws, and the system itself. Trump supporters know they made me defenseless and captive in a region subject to their abuses. I've never known or read of any 100 people who've been kept on the move, abused or otherwise wronged in every manner imaginable daily for as many years as I have....by business, legal authorities, and local people. The sheer number of instances along with the fact I have no documented history of crime or the like and in fact have spent my life self-sacrificially helping rather than being self serving should leave little doubt to the truth of my story. As long as I remain in an area dominate by Trump influence and am not shielded from veiled as well as blatant abuses and harassment by Trump's people I will be in legal, physical, emotional and (now mute) financial danger and oppression. And I remain kept moving and sublty as well as blatantly harassed from place to place.

Eli Samuel Goldman

My biggest issues with my own (possibly *former*/undecided) party's (then) top officers (Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton) was their apparent total lack of concern for my safety/wellbeing. They abandoned me to battle a never ending stream of entrapment schemes, planned accidents to my persons, having my words edited/manipulated to turn my own friends, family, lovedones, racial/social/ethnic/cultural/professional and other groups turned against me to be placed at the mercy of the Trump Camp's white supremicist supporters, as well as opposing and elitist followers who had total Dominion and power over my circumstances, and thereby me. Then villianized and forced to fight through any legal means not only white supremicists but elitists power brokers and player who considered me dangerously liberal and honest. I was attacked ceaselessly by those who should have sided most with me and who I stuck mybnrck out and put my life on the line to defend by the Trump camp's sheer manipulation of my words/life by my own people, and mischaracterized and portrayed as a lunatic fringe far right white supremicist leader by my own people. Meanwhile the far right were manipulated to believe I was anything they hate (and some actually are) from being depicted as a foreign terrorist to child molesting abuser addict thief tax evader elitist (like Donald J Trump himself)... My own party's president (Obama) wanted to give me a medal for being a good casualty and victimized by Trump's white supremicisthelpitist, or disgruntled followers. They (my Democratic party and promoted activist groups) offered no rescue, sancuary , help or protection but instead (at most) possible amnest from imagined wrongs I had been thought to commit. Then had me attacked without restraint to "teach me a lesson" by revictimizing in similar manners to the way I had already been harmed much of my life. My own people did the Trump Camp's dirty work for them and helped silence and abuse THE LIBERAL (me). Every thing I said and did was viewed with discriminatory eyes by both sides, and heard, repurposed, or restructured to have a different meaning than stated or meant. EVERYTHING...by both major political parties...if not all parties and people! I could do and say no right and everyone viewed me as THE ENEMY. I had selflessly spent my ENTIRE life helping and caring for others at my own expense in every way humanly possible ...even those who abused me...and putting greater effort than anyone I know into abiding by my understanding of laws and doing what I was raised to believe "is right" and even the worst criminals, and most self interested and heartless, or most people I had ever met or known of were being touted as "good people" or "victims" or "hero's"but I was internationally thought of as " THE ENEMY" and every kind of bad-guy known to man...and treated as such in the harshest manner and ways possible. Treated so badly that everyone LITTERALLY participated in torture, crimes, violations of every right I have, ridicule, etdetermination innocent statement was contorted into something unforgivable, every action misread by most, any achievement I had pride in or thing I felt good about was stripped from me with every kind of Abuse imaginable. I became the only imagined "witch" in a world of nothing but zealot witch-hunters!!!!! Little statements became vilified that were true and should have been revered: like despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles such as extreme poverty, life-threatening disability and medical illnesses since birth, being the subject of Abuse and victim of numerous crimes and societal ills I achieved through sheer determination and refusal to let fear and unreasonable circumstances destroy me. Even rising to be a leader in most everything I do from jobs, scouting, peer groups to education and beneficial rights activism oganizations...yet I was misrepresented in group I dislike or cannot be member of and wouldn't. I'm mostly interacially/culturally mixed and Jewish but represented as a white supremicist Christian. I spent my life caring for, helping,teaching and defending the weak, the disabled, children, women, (U.S.) minorities, animals...yet I was characterized as an abuser of all the above. ...even characterized as hating societal groups to which I am a part (or rather, is a part of me). My family too was similarly mischaracterized (which I believe resulted in great wrong done to lovedones) and even caused the death of my father and great tragedy at the end of my mother's life...who I was never even informed was alive but she believed likely I turned out to become heartless and died (as did cynth) precieving me the bad guy who didn't love her or care. ...Not all of this was done but Trump's people but much had been done by MY OWN PEOPLE under the FALSE and unfathomably absurd belief I was a leader of a terrorist group! ...A perception concocted BY HATE GROUPS that wanted to end my liberal activism!!!!!!

Eli Samuel Goldman

My biggest issues with my own (possibly *former*/undecided) party's (then) top officers (Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton) was their apparent total lack of concern for my safety/wellbeing. They abandoned me to battle a never ending stream of entrapment schemes, planned accidents to my persons, having my words edited/manipulated to turn my own friends, family, lovedones, racial/social/ethnic/cultural/professional and other groups turned against me to be placed at the mercy of the Trump Camp's white supremicist supporters, as well as opposing and elitist followers who had total Dominion and power over my circumstances, and thereby me. Then villianized and forced to fight through any legal means not only white supremicists but elitists power brokers and player who considered me dangerously liberal and honest. I was attacked ceaselessly by those who should have sided most with me and who I stuck mybnrck out and put my life on the line to defend by the Trump camp's sheer manipulation of my words/life by my own people, and mischaracterized and portrayed as a lunatic fringe far right white supremicist leader by my own people. Meanwhile the far right were manipulated to believe I was anything they hate (and some actually are) from being depicted as a foreign terrorist to child molesting abuser addict thief tax evader elitist (like Donald J Trump himself)... My own party's president (Obama) wanted to give me a medal for being a good casualty and victimized by Trump's white supremicisthelpitist, or disgruntled followers. They (my Democratic party and promoted activist groups) offered no rescue, sancuary , help or protection but instead (at most) possible amnest from imagined wrongs I had been thought to commit. Then had me attacked without restraint to "teach me a lesson" by revictimizing in similar manners to the way I had already been harmed much of my life. My own people did the Trump Camp's dirty work for them and helped silence and abuse THE LIBERAL (me). Every thing I said and did was viewed with discriminatory eyes by both sides, and heard, repurposed, or restructured to have a different meaning than stated or meant. EVERYTHING...by both major political parties...if not all parties and people! I could do and say no right and everyone viewed me as THE ENEMY. I had selflessly spent my ENTIRE life helping and caring for others at my own expense in every way humanly possible ...even those who abused me...and putting greater effort than anyone I know into abiding by my understanding of laws and doing what I was raised to believe "is right" and even the worst criminals, and most self interested and heartless, or most people I had ever met or known of were being touted as "good people" or "victims" or "hero's"but I was internationally thought of as " THE ENEMY" and every kind of bad-guy known to man...and treated as such in the harshest manner and ways possible. Treated so badly that everyone LITTERALLY participated in torture, crimes, violations of every right I have, ridicule, etdetermination innocent statement was contorted into something unforgivable, every action misread by most, any achievement I had pride in or thing I felt good about was stripped from me with every kind of Abuse imaginable. I became the only imagined "witch" in a world of nothing but zealot witch-hunters!!!!! Little statements became vilified that were true and should have been revered: like despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles such as extreme poverty, life-threatening disability and medical illnesses since birth, being the subject of Abuse and victim of numerous crimes and societal ills I achieved through sheer determination and refusal to let fear and unreasonable circumstances destroy me. Even rising to be a leader in most everything I do from jobs, scouting, peer groups to education and beneficial rights activism oganizations...yet I was misrepresented in group I dislike or cannot be member of and wouldn't. I'm mostly interacially/culturally mixed and Jewish but represented as a white supremicist Christian. I spent my life caring for, helping,teaching and defending the weak, the disabled, children, women, (U.S.) minorities, animals...yet I was characterized as an abuser of all the above. ...even characterized as hating societal groups to which I am a part (or rather, is a part of me). My family too was similarly mischaracterized (which I believe resulted in great wrong done to lovedones) and even caused the death of my father and great tragedy at the end of my mother's life...who I was never even informed was alive but she believed likely I turned out to become heartless and died (as did cynth) precieving me the bad guy who didn't love her or care. ...Not all of this was done but Trump's people but much had been done by MY OWN PEOPLE under the FALSE and unfathomably absurd belief I was a leader of a terrorist group! ...A perception concocted BY HATE GROUPS that wanted to end my liberal activism!!!!!!

Eli Samuel Goldman

Irony...the very ACLU I repopularized with my unwavering worldwide outspoken support (who wouldn't help me LITTERALLY to save my life or that of others despite many contacts for years) will NOT let me post THE TRUTH.. I got news for the ACLU...all any group posts these days is "politically partisan information!" ...in every media source, group, forum and manner.

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