Trump and Pai's Plan to End Net Neutrality
The Trump administration is about to find out the hard way what happens when you mess with the open internet.
In a meeting with phone- and cable- industry lobbyists, President Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, unveiled his plan to undermine Net Neutrality and destroy the open internet. And he plans to move on it fast — according to media reports, the process could begin in late April.1
The administration's recent attacks on broadband privacy prove what we've known all along: It isn't looking out for us; it cares only about serving AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. And on the heels of congressional Republicans’ vote to let your internet service provider sell your private information (like your web-browsing history) to the highest bidder, Trump and his team have set their sights on Net Neutrality.2
The Trump administration is doing everything in its power to clamp down on dissent. If we lose Net Neutrality, it will have succeeded.
It’s thanks to Net Neutrality that anyone can mobilize their friends and families online. When activists are able to turn out thousands of people in the streets at a moment’s notice, it’s because companies like Comcast aren’t allowed to block their messages or websites.
This administration continues to threaten civil liberties, undermine a free press and strip away environmental protections. We will be helpless to organize and resist without Net Neutrality.
Millions have already taken a stand to defend our rights to connect and communicate. Take action now and join the fight.
1. "U.S. FCC Chairman Plans Fast-Track Repeal of Net Neutrality: Sources," Reuters, April 6, 2017: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet-idUSKBN1790AP
2. "Trump Signals Net Neutrality Is the Next Target," Free Press Action Fund, March 30, 2017: https://www.freepress.net/press-release/107939/trump-signals-net-neutrality-next-target
Original image by Gage Skidmore