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What's Your Net Neutrality Story?

What's Your Net Neutrality Story?

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    • Net neutrality is about holding ISPs accountable for their illegal schemes including data capping and throttling. I am a huge fan of video games and almost every month me and my family get massive overage charges because companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast think its a good idea to charge people more to use the internet. And worse yet, they make insane excuses as to why they impose such restrictions. They should be ordered to stop the practices and to pay back all the money they made off their scams.

      Jarron from Town Creek, AL

    • Keep our first amendment rights on track by keeping the net neutral. There should be no censoring or slowing or any other tampering with it.

      Jan from Athens, GA

    • Net Neutrality is important to me! I use the internet daily to stay informed and stay connected to family and friends.

      Laura from Albany, NY

    • I stay on the internet to stay politically engaged.

      Toni from Detroit, MI

    • Please, just do what's right.

      Sijay from Redding, CT

    • I use the internet for communication whether it's for business or for personal use. I'm totally blind and I'm not able to see. If the FCC were to go forward with the plan, then I would no longer be able to do the things that I need to do. or the things that Iwould like to do. The internet and the telephone are my two main communication channels. If I were to lose anyone of those, I would be unable to do business and be able to do the things that I would like to do.

      John from Okemos, MI

    • I am trying to start a small internet service provider. If Net Neutrality is removed, our upstream providers could easily slow certain sites and cause trouble for our customers. Net Neutrality protects the people. Removing it only benefits large ISPs.

      Joseph from Excelsior, MN

    • Having access to a free and open internet has made a big impact on my life, and the lives of most of the people I associate with. The internet is now the portal to the world - it opens the door to ideas, commerce, communicating, entertainment, and intellectual pursuits. This has not happened by accident. It happened because our policies have stressed the need for free communication, a system which large, rich companies have seen their attempts to control communications and slap prices on everything has been limited by the excellent policy of net neutrality. Let's keep that going!

      Tim from New York, NY

    • I check my email and other things I need the internet,

      Cynthia from Gardiner, ME

    • I use the Internet to communicate with my far flung family and friends. I also enjoy receiving sources of news and entertainment that are not available by other means. Shopping and locating hard to find items on line has been so convenient and helpful. The fact that we live somewhat rural, the convenience of shopping on line really helps. I am using on line resources to check for doing a job from home so I can eliminate a 50 mile round trip drive. The choices that the internet gives to everyone of all walks of life is important and enlightening. It is a wonderful tool to expand learning and my grandchildren must use the internet for assignments. College level kids often take their classes almost exclusively on line. It is imperative that we keep this service open and accessible to all in an equitable manner.

      Barbara from Castroville, CA

    • Net neutrality assures fair access to EVERY citizen in the country. A free and open internet IS the heart of the American experience and embraces the ideals that formed America’s library system. Here in rural Ohio we count on this virtual library to cross reference crop data, access county extension agents reports and communicate with and share farming issues. Without this access we are being put at a competitive disadvantage with other farmers from around the globe. Net neutrality is a must for us to survive!

      Laurence from Chardon, OH

    • I was able to stay at home as a single mom for three years after my child was born by starting a work-at-home business through the craft marketplace website Etsy; without net neutrality, my son would've been in daycare from infancy. Those three years home were incredibly precious to our small family.

      Uku from Morgantown, WV

    • I use the Internet for research, school, and my only entertainment. Lots of lonely people find things that interest them via Internet, and research shouldn't be limited.

      Isabella from Albuquerque, NM

    • My life is determined by my internet access, for learning modules and continuing-education credits to maintain my license to practice in my field of work. Everything we do now requires internet access, just like any utility; county or city water, county or city waste management, electricity, phone connectivity. I still have a landline, though wish it was still like the "old days" so when the we lose power I can still contact family. We are so involuntarily dependent on the internet that NO ONE should dominate it's control, no corporation, no utility company, etc. It needs to be a free market with options and no monopoly, or make it a utility like everything else. Every doctor, dentist, lawyer, educator, practitioner of the healing arts, college, elementary and high school, hospitals, law enforcement, university, small business, corporation, etc., uses electronics and electronic records. There is no way to convince American Citizens that the internet can be owned and that would make our lives easier! That's a lie.

      Virginia from Chico, CA

    • I use the Internet for research, for fun like YouTube, and for my email. It is a part of my life like the telephone and should remain a utility used by all freely.

      Martha from Liberty, NY

    • We need net neutrality in order to stay informed for friends, family, and the whole world as we know it.

      Susan from New York, NY

    • We need net neutrality in order to stay informed for friends, family, and the whole world as we know it.

      Jon from New York, NY

    • The internet means a lot to me as a technology enthusiast and as a soon to be business owner. America needs a strong internet infrastructure in order to keep our economy strong and to keep up technologically with the other nations of the world and can even help us further our political interests around the world. However, for me personally, without net neutrality, it will be harder and more expensive to provide the services I will want to provide along with having the personal access I want and need to the internet that has allowed me to grow financially and personally along with helping me help others. There are many more people like me out there who feel similarly about this and the only people for this are Comcast and other crony capitalists which have a near monopoly on the internet market which has not been regulated at all until the introduction of net neutrality, and even that was barely enough. I highly encourage you to support net neutrality as that will truly help our country be great in the 21st century and possibly even beyond.

      Thomas from South Lyon, MI

    • i need access to real news made unavailable by mainstream "news" outlets.

      James from shenandoah junction, WV

    • As a freelance editor, most of my business occurs over the internet. Networking, referrals, clients -- without net neutrality my ability to continue making a living will be severely impacted.

      Pamela from Cherry Hill, NJ

    • Net neutrality means I can stay in touch with friends and family. It means we can share with each other things that are meaningful to us. I have been a widow for almost four years. It can feel very alone. The internet helps me feel better by making it possible to connect with people and things that I care about.

      Marjorie from Dripping Springs, TX

    • I am an aspiring artist. I wish to entertain, educate, and inspire people through as many creative properties as I can. Throughout my life, I have seen uncountable amounts of stories of how even some of hollywood's greatest blockbusters were held back by focus group failures and studio mandates, forced to squander their potential to appease their backers' ulterior motives. At the same time, I have seen firsthand that the internet, in its openness, allows people to create without the need of a corporate backer, without the pressures of mainsteam sensibilities, and without any restrictions to one's vision. The open internet is a breeding ground for creativity and mastery; not bolted down by the shackles of big screen business, people across the nation, and across the globe, have been able to inspire millions of people. Allowing net neutrality to be undone, and thus allowing ISPs to enforce fees on websites, castrates that breeding ground. The creativity that's traded off when moving to bigger screens would now be traded off for ANY screen; no content creator of any kind would be able to tell their stories there own way; they would ALWAYS have to pervert their works to serve ulterior motives. Free speech is one of the greatest cornerstones in all of democracy, and Net Neutrality is the only thing keeping it alive in the digital age. If we lose net neutrality, we lose our democracy.

      Andrew from Arlington, VA

    • Net neutrality is important to me because it allows me to express my self on the Internet it gives me the same acces as everyone’s one else offering me the same advantage of people seeing what I have to offer just as anyone else does it makes it able for me to find research and learn new things but if u take that away what happens is the unfortunate have less access to these fast servers and space on the internet which creates a unfair advantage in the being seen or shown

      Michael from Whitehall, PA

    • We need net neutrality in order to stay informed for friends, family, and the whole world as we know it.

      David from Goshen, IN

    • The internet is a bastion of free speech and the #1 resource for unfiltered information. I and many others depend on the internet for everything from keeping in touch with loved ones to running a business. Losing an open internet would do only great harm to the populace and be met with extreme resistance. Corporate power grabs like this are just shameful.

      Collin from Purdy, MO

    • My business depends on the internet.

      Vanessa from Gainesville, FL

    • ...From what I've read, the current FCC is planning to make sure that net neutrality enforcement will NEVER happen in congress or the FCC in the future. The internet supports a major portion of our economy. It supports jobs, entire businesses, and workers. It keeps people ALIVE. Letting big ISPs have a monopoly over their separate territories is CRITICALLY HARMFUL to this country's people (especially their many futures), DON'T LET IT HAPPEN.

      Orion from Santa Cruz, CA

    • It’s become painfully obvious that with a U.S. mainstreame media that is owned by six corporations, that internet is the last safe place space in this country left for free speech. Protesters are getting peppered sprayed and beaten by the police. Our government is ran by corrupt thieves that we call law makers. Our politicians do not choose to answer to the people, they answer to the corporate elite who pay them off in bribes. There are even some states that are trying to make protesters pay for increased police presence because they are protesting police brutality. With a government who as a majority denies climate change and the other half that admit its a crisis but have no intention of doing anything about it. Having an open internet is crucial to maintaining what rights we have left. I believe that if the internet is taken over by corporate control the world will fall into darkness because the truth will be snuffed out and replaced by propaganda just like it has with mainstream media. We CANNOT lose this battle to maintain net neutrality. An open and free internet has allowed us to organize and fight back against the oligarchy that has taken over our government and media. The internet is what made it possible for unknown candidates like Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein to rise to public awareness. if it were not for net neutrality we would not know about Standing Rock and it would not have grown to what it became. And yes the Dakota Access Pipeline was built but because of the public awareness of the danger of pipelines, activists are stopping other pipelines from being built. In short, net neutrality is the fight to maintain our rights, save the constitution and ultimately I believe save the planet. If we are all dumbed down and obedient to the corporate state, we are doomed. Therefore, I put out positive thoughts that more and more people will join in the battle to maintain net neutrality and fight to save this country.

      Joy from Bronx, NY

    • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is just another example of a fox being put in charge of the hen house. Do I really need to explain to you why all data should be treated equally?

      Thomas from Alexandria, VA

    • Let's keep the internet as we know it for generations to come. I want my children (and many generations to come) to have all the access that I enjoy today. You can't stop the signal. Any attempt to do so will ultimately fail. Be on the right side of history.

      David from Lafayette, CO

    • As a retiree the Internet has become a critical source of information as well as an efficient way to stay in touch with friends and even strangers who share my concerns and help to find ways to address them.

      Patricia from Bloomington, IN

    • I need net neutrality in order to stay informed for my family members overseas.

      Sylvia from Washington, DC

    • An open Internet is necessary to maintaining the First Amendment. Once we let corporations control the speed at which various sites are streamed, we lose access to information.

      Dina from Hadley, MA

    • Condemn trump's attack on internet freedom and reject his plans and reject bai also and save the net neutrality

      Marvin from Pasadena, CA

    • I am a teleworker and depend 100% on the internet to do my job. Ending net neutrality will have a negative impact on my ability to work.

      Terri from Cary, IL

    • I always like to the heard the horrible things our government is doing and the only place I can find that depressing information is on a FREE INTERNET.

      Charles from South Gate, CA

    • I use the internet primarily to stay in touch with family. I have several family members who are in fragile health, and I live far from most family and have an incompatible schedule with most of them. If not for the internet, I would never have seen even pictures of several of my niblings, great-niblings, cousins to varying degrees, etc. I also use the internet to research stories that are undercovered or not covered at all in the commercial media. For example, there was a spill of Atlantic salmon from a fish farm into the Pacific--but I would never have heard of it if there hadn't been stories online to follow the story up--so I couldn't have shared it to my family. Otherwise, I mostly use the internet to get access to games which I use to keep my mind nimble as I age.

      Valerie from Seattle, WA

    • I use the internet to access information regarding the worldly events, education, and my other hobbies and interest. The internet was created for the freedom of use. The government already controls so many different aspects of our everyday lives that we don't know if we truly are free anymore. The ability to access anything on the internet is an example of the first amendment. The government does not need to micro manage every little aspects of every single person. They just need to keep there noses where they are already.

      Zelik from Durant, OK

    • I have a small website that I built from scratch, pagenotes.com. It features very fast page loading compared to most other sites. I'm proud of it, and I'd be devastated if my page loads had to play second fiddle to more wealthy site owners.

      James from Danielson, CT

    • I've seen what happens when a media channel is not "open": It's called cable television. For years, cable was a monopoly, a sole provider if you wanted to see television. The prices were outrageous, the service lousy and everyone except cable shareholders suffered. The open internet and net neutrality changed that. Going back to the old way is bad for everyone - except shareholders of monopoly companies. Don't do it.

      Peter from Brooklyn, NY

    • I am a up an coming you tuber i have greneral material som may one day be cotraverstal but wat's life with out a little bit i am a MALE youtuber rightnow but one tady iwill be a tans female youtuber so ithink it nfair to everybody onthere and the dating ads tha hage lbgt materal and lbgt bizzness promtores ror folks who have stores around the world yournot just cutingthis out for hjust the us but th world it is wrong it bing a nizi or comuist whn you do this kind of thing no better than the dicktators around the world like the valdmir lonons and the uns and the hitlers of theworld you are nodifrnt sterilzeing thenet if you wanto get the teroset group than go after thier nutraltiy not ours reatwek this gargbe bill and make SELECTUVE enmantion of netntrallity focoused on the terosit nutralit you got that big comouter called interpol and may reps there and you go thecia and all threst homlamdescurity to keepthier eyes peel fortero groups posteing stuff DON'T BOTHER THE CILLIANS of the usa with this fulblown nentet nutraliy eenation it empeast on frespeakch andf the humanwrites and if there is a intrent bil of riught you braking everything it stands for the itnrerent is for fredom it s forus to say wat we want what wecan inrealife it will hurt alot you guy upthere don't realize how much innert ects the econamy every thing thesedays touches this econmo mopnywiese morethan you think if you elmante it it the maripoplers the jackseiceys the pedies and me and fcebook and nbc cbs msnbc an more will be sufering bc of you guys not stoping anthing thwold will be at astanstill you guys BETTER RETHINK THIS BILL OR YOU GYS WILL BEOUT OF A JOB we black white mexican candian bgltq amercians are all voters and we can vote you rig rightout comth next eclction or am i just a goalfisj bumpin my head agin thegallbowl while everybody is looing elsewhere you wi yourjobs will bedoomed com november the first ones we will vote out is the policy makers of this bill

      Spencer from Stokesdale, NC

    • Many of the responses, of which I read, appear to be nothing more than rants. I do not want to contribute that nonsense, but what I will say is the internet is meant to be a free place. FREE. To say otherwise would be the same as censoring television, books or any other form of media. Granted this already done to an extent, however, none are more influential as the internet. Entertainment, non-biased education, non-biased news... etc. My point is the internet serves a higher purpose as a endless source of information. To regulate this would mean to enforce control, and we all know what happens when power corrupts. After all, money speaks all tongues. Men with agendas and deep pockets will take control... its only a matter of time. Then nothing will be safe. Nothing will be sacred. The internet will no longer be for the people, by the people, only another echo chamber, another money pit, another tool to keep the people under the thumb of those who think they know "whats best for us." Good day.

      Robert from Albuquerque, NM

    • My husband & I are both self-employed entrepreneurs. We use the Internet to reach out-of-area customers, to view new items to sell, and access new tools. We're very concerned that in the Greater Seattle area, Amazon & Comcast are SO dominant, competitive rates become harder & harder to achieve. Also, our Comcast service is challenging.

      Marilyn from Bellevue, WA

    • The internet needs to remain free, to promote information spread without bias.

      Kristen from Pensacola, FL

    • we need net neutrality to make life fair for rich and poor

      Maxwell from Mineola, NY

    • The internet needs to be kept at one flat rate due to the fact that education nowadays is dependent upon access to the internet. From high school to college, the internet gives students of all backgrounds the information they need to succeed in classrooms. For me, I am a senior in college who is currently applying for grad school. The degree I want is purely through online classes; not having access to the entirety of the internet could halt my educational progress and potentially ruin my goals of becoming a librarian. This will literally shape my entire life and others' for the worse if net neutrality is abolished. Please put yourselves into the shoes of the unfortunate, the students, and the disabled when making your decision. The internet now is not a privilege, but a right to learn. Let us keep learning.

      Bri from Madison, MS

    • My TV and internet went out every weekend and every time it rained or the wind blew until two years ago. Now my landline goes out all weekend with messages held till Mondays. My internet slows down Friday-Monday, so it's obvious use is being rationed to provide sterling service to the wealthiest. The packages make it prohibitive for a retired widow on a fixed income, whereas being able to choose channels might be affordable. Monopolies are never good. Ever.

      Ria from El Sobrante, CA

    • I am a politically active person and try to be attuned to the issues of our time that I consider important to the common good and the possible threats to anything that might contribute to the diminishment of the common good. If Net Neutrality were diminished in any way I would not be able to comfortably use the internet as freely or as often to express my views, to share with my fellow citizens in activities that we consider important to maintaining democracy. It's vital that neutrality of the Net continue without any threat to its existence.

      Hedi from San Francisco, CA

    • We are senior citizens living on Social Security. We cannot afford to pay more for an internet connection.

      LN

    • My new business will largely depend on the internet!

      Deborah from Westland, MI

    • I'm deeply disappointed over the confirmation by the US Senate over the Trump appointment of Agit V. Pai, as FCC chairman

      André from Westbrook, ME

    • I'm a military kid who grew up all over the world. Most of my friends and family live on different sides of the planet. The internet allows me to stay in touch with them and watch their families grow up!

      Jamesdean from Las Vegas, NV

    • I've been on the internet for a few years, and in that time I've been part of many wonderful communities. I've met people from all kinds of different cultures and walks of life, and we've supported each other through difficult times. The internet makes my world feel like a bigger place, and helps to remind me that I'm never alone. When the world seems like it's falling apart, there's always someone else going through the same thing to talk about it with

      Christianna

    • The internet is how I stay connected to my family. It is also my main resource for news and politics. This is why I believe in Net Neutrality and a free and open internet. The internet should be in the same class as utilities such as electricity and water because it is crucial in many people's lives.

      Ched from Chicago, IL

    • People, wake up! The internet has become a basic utility like power and water. Treating it anything as other than that is a disingenuous abuse of power and an outright lie. It it discriminatory and illegal and takes us another step down the road to fascism that we've already embarked upon with Trump and his supremacist, racist cronies and Russian conspirators.

      Nina from Woodmere, NY

    • Our last democratic source for news and information is a neutral internet. The print and broadcast media is and has been a virtual monopoly with few voices.

      Dylan from Traverse City, MI

    • As a senior on Medicare I do my taxes online as I am sure many do. We in the baby boomer generation HAD to Lear computers on the job. Now that I must live on about 35% of what my salary was I cannot afford to be priced out of high speed internet. I am having to drop cable tv and will be depending on smaller, cheaper plans like Sling tv or HULU, etc. I think most seniors will be cutting the cord and need Internet. Thank you, Mary Hazelwood

      Mary from Louisville, KY

    • My wife and I support ourselves and our family by working from home. Her job and my business REQUIRE fast, affordable internet service in order for us to earn a living. At this time, we only have one choice for internet service that is fast enough for us to be bale to work from home--AT THE SAME TIME. Without any alternative, we have watched as our monthly cost for internet service rises well above the rate of inflation, EACH AND EVERY YEAR. Please do not give the few remaining companies that provide service even less reason to care about their customers or the prices they charge, or the ability to throttle our use of bandwidth. This is the MOST Un-American legislation I have seen in my 52 years. Don't so it! Don't ENABLE internet service providers to have monopolistic control over internet access and speed. This is counter-productive to our economy and to having an informed, engaged electorate. Why can't Americans get the same service and speed as Latvia? This is a national disgrace. Don't make it even worse.

      Mike from Imperial, MO

    • I depend on a free and open internet for obtaining unfiltered information about the world around me.

      Eason from houston, TX

    • I have crippling social anxiety and agoraphobia. Without the internet, I would struggle to live with even the slightest degree of normalcy. It's very difficult for me to even write this. I feel it is imperative, however. Anything that threatens freedom on the internet threatens my very way of life. So I urge you: Please, please defend Net Neutrality. I know I am only one of many with similar conditions, and we all rely on the internet in this day and age. Without Net Neutrality, we lose one of the few tools available for us to simply live.

      Raymond from Leavenworth, KS

    • Most of the Web sites I surf to are independent sites that are operated by enthusiasts who are following their own artistic and political passions. They are not affiliated with major corporations. I shouldn't have to pay more money just because I seek out unconventional perspectives and sources of information that you can't get from ESPN.com, USAToday.com, and other middle-of-the-road corporations.

      Peter from Hammond, LA

    • The World opened up for everyone I know.

      Orne from Las Vegas, NV

    • I am a graduate student, just starting my research in coastal island plants. I go to the internet constantly - to connect with other researchers, to look up the latest scientific discoveries, and to find the data I need to conduct my research. Without an open internet, research and innovation will slow way down.

      Michael from Darlington, WI

    • I use the internet every day. I am also a YouTuber. Net Neutrality lets me do my videos. It also helps me when I have free time and that time is spent on the internet and video planning. Keep Net Neutrality for a very long time!

      ToXiic from Mesa, AZ

    • I use the internet approx 2 hrs each day. It's the only practical way of learning about world events & taking active part in our democracy

      Don from Saint Johnsbury, VT

    • Do not let corporate america rule the internet. Fast lanes slow lanes are just a facade - the real issue is allowing ISPs to charge web sites for their success! ISPs will continue to push the FCC until they pass a tiered pricing policy to web hosting companies based upon what areas they can publish their web site. Similar to the tiered price paradigm Bell companies used for long distance phone calls 40 years ago or how cable companies charge for different channels based upon the channel content. This would have devastating consequences to eCommerce, education , and the job market. The reason technology has come so far is because the internet allows any one, again, anyone to bring their ideas to the world, which in some cases have had great success - skype, facebook, google, etc. This was all based upon the internet being free, no one to make a decision where a web site can be published or to set a price to publish a website within a certain region. ISP are making record profits, and internet speed are getting faster and cheaper. ISPs response that Net Neutrality is holding them back from expanding their infrastructure does not hold water!

      Ronald from Boynton Beach, FL

    • I use shows I like both email and Comcast to keep up with news and programs I like

      Karen from Seattle, WA

    • The ability to communicate with my friends in far-away places helped keep me from committing suicide. The idea that such tools could be taken away in a play to gain more influence and money is truly disgusting.

      Nelson from Germantown, TN

    • I work as a graphic artist, and use the internet to send and receive files, some of which are very large (lots of images!), to clients in various cities around the country. I also use the internet for connection with friends and family, who live all over the world. I don't have cable or a TV, and stream all my movies and shows via various sites, ie: Netflix, Hulu, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, etc. I stopped using cable in 2009 because I was tired of paying so much money for basically nothing I was interested in viewing. And don't get me started on the incredibly horrible customer service Comcast, Time Warner and others are famous for. I don't want to have some money-grabbing corporation who really doesn't care about the customer to have anything to do with how I use the internet. Why should they get carte blanche to do whatever they want, and we have to suffer yet again? It doesn't even make any sense. It just shows me that, as usual, all they care about is themselves and their money. We don't need them. As I told the Time Warner customer service rep when I cancelled my cable: "you guys are dinosaurs--cable companies are becoming irrelevant." Now they want to manipulate things because they haven't kept up with the real world. I say let them die off. They should not be rewarded just because they have the money to buy off politicians.

      Gwen from MINNEAPOLIS, MN

    • I do not have an individual story per se except to say that I want to live in a country that has Democracy and free speech! I do not want to have an oligarchy with a corporate faux aristocracy. I do not want an authoritative fascist regime that promotes Nazi extremists. I do not want what we have now, a kakistocracy. A kakistocracy is a government where you have its worst elements running the country. Another words, the least competent, the least qualified, or the most unscrupulous citizens are running the government. Department heads are appointed to destroy the very Democratic departments they are charged to promote for the benefit of ALL of us in America, not just rich corporate donors. THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY! republicans have championed an autocratic russian-allied leader who wants to be putin or king of America. donald wants to silence those who try to refute his lies. Cabinet members who do not believe in a democracy, want corporations to run things with no regulations that usually protect our citizens. Like teenagers, they do not like rules, they don’t need no stinking rules! The middle class and the poor suffer the consequences. The middle class is slowly dying, the poor do not stand a chance. When the middle class dies, you have a third-world country. THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY. republicans have championed donald because he is the only one who can bully his way through Democracy with his base of nazi extremists and other people who believed he would help them. Those other people voted against their own interests because they believed a pathological liar would help them. republicans let donald support nazis and pretend they do not, but if you do not speak out against nazis, then you support them. Without the Internet, investigative reporters, the Intelligence community, and people of integrity inside the justice system, donald would continue to lie and bully Democracy into submission. republicans are going along with promoting an autocratic government more like russia so that they can bully their unpopular views onto our democracy. They cannot win elections on their own without election fraud (gerrymandering, citizens united, voter ID cross checking, and other forms of voter suppression tactics). They use election fraud and voter suppression to maintain power. They themselves have an approval rate less than cockroaches and because of election fraud, they only care about their rich donors not their constituents. They look the other way while donald joins hands with putin so they can siphon off tax cuts from our coffers (welfare checks to the rich). They put party (or should I say tax cut welfare for the rich) above country. They would throw millions off healthcare to pay for their tax cuts (welfare for the rich). THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY! Since money is now speech, those poorer in our society have a weakened voice while corporations have a bullhorn. They speak loudly with dollars and deceptive ads. The Internet allows more of us to have a magnified and a more powerful, collective voice but only if the Internet remains open to us all. THIS IS DEMOCRACY! The Internet has become a "town hall" meeting place of sorts, a place for truth to survive. The Internet supports the majority of people in America who do not have rich, moneyed voices. It allows them to participate in their democracy. IF YOUR INTENT IS TO DESTROY DEMOCRACY, DESTROY NET NEUTRALITY. When you loose the middle class and the rich start ruling the country, THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY! WHEN YOU HAVE NO TRUTH, YOU HAVE NO TRUST, THEN YOU CANNOT HAVE A DEMOCRACY! WHEN YOU USE THE INTERNET TO DESTROY DEMOCRACY, YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN DEMOCRACY. Mr. Pai, you would not be here if we had the immigration policies that donald now wishes to bully through our democratic system. Your parents left their country to practice medicine in this democratic society. Please talk to them about the importance of democracy and what their lives were like before they came to the United States. You grew up in a democracy and benefited from it. Please do not destroy the very democracy that opened its arms to you and welcomed your family into our country. Our immigrants have enriched our country and we have loved the diversity it has exposed us to in America. Please do not be an immigrant that wishes to destroy the democratic principles that made this country great for hundreds of years! Greed is a black hole and a jealous mistress. it requires constant care and feeding, it never has enough until it destroys all of those in its service. Please use your conscience or your empathy if you have any deep inside somewhere. The rich will always take care of themselves but a democracy needs to represent ALL of its citizens or it will just be another third-world country as the rich choke off the middle class. Just remember, without the middle class paying taxes, you cannot do as well anyway and you will eventually be responsible for aiding in the death of Democracy when history speaks your name. PLEASE, DO THE RIGHT THING; KEEP THE NET NEUTRAL FOR ALL OUR CITIZENS, FOR DEMOCRACY.

      Marie from Albuq, NM

    • Without Net Neutrality, I will not be able to access many websites.

      Dylan from Orlando, FL

    • Job searching and improving my career depends on the internet.

      Fiona from Bothell, WA

    • As an Indy author, the net neutrality made my book possible; first, as my main source of research, then the publishing of it, and then for sale of my book. Small business/Indy innovators economically depend on net neutrality to fuel their businesses - full stop! Net neutrality is a protected fact in most of the developed world - were we to lose it, we would be relegated to second or third class competition as entrepreneurs. (Protect the little guy, the economy grows... protect the big guy and he snuffs out competition and general economic growth!)

      Jodie from Midlothian, VA

    • I am disabled and I depend on the internet to get my info. and do a lot of my shopping and to see how much something costs. Use the dictionary and encyclopedia and Google Map. Keep in contact with family and friends. The way I have of getting around.

      Bob from Paso Robles, CA

    • The First Amendment allows for freedom of expression. There is no limit on the ways that we may share this expression. By regressing to an outdated model that permits deep-pocketed corporations to restrict our speech, sharing, and learning online, you are negating our First Amendment rights.

      Rick from Albuquerque, NM

    • We (the people) need more fair competition, not less.

      Vincent from Braintree, MA

    • When 9/11 happened, I had a cousin who lived in New York close to the towers. I tried to get through via a phone call for quite some time to see if she was okay. I then sent an email while I still tried to call. The email got through while the phone never did. I was so relieved to hear from her and that while shaken up she was okay. The internet used for communication is invaluable. Used for research we know we can find things that would otherwise would take a trip to the library and a lot of time to find. We use it to find homework assignments for our children and to keep up on what's happening in the world. To have all that filtered through corporate interests would be to take away a fundamental right of a free press. We can find people and groups that share our interests and views. Having the internet controlled by big corporations would limit our access to a free exchange of ideas. The internet was not put together by these companies. Why should they make a profit on something they didn't even develop. This is a very bad idea. It goes against what America stands for. Keep Net Neutrality! Do the right thing.

      Donna from Roy, WA

    • I am a retiree with extremely impaired mobility. The internet is my connection to the world and what is going on. We can't count on the mainstream news media to cover anything more than a few sound and picture bites each day, and still have to decide if it's true or not. After all, Fox News went to court to defend it's right to not publish truthful stories, and they won their case. (shame full, but, free speech you know) A few minutes ago my internet provider (a cable company) called offering to double my connection speed for another $10.00 per month. I can't afford another $10.00, and don't need a faster connection, even though it would be nice to not watch the little wheel go round and round so long each time I want to change to something else. And last, but, most important, "We the People" paid to build the internet with our taxes, and "We the People" own the airwaves, why are these big communication companies being allowed to take over what belongs to the American people, and then charging us to use whats ours in an unfair manner?

      William from Tye, TX

    • The free and open Internet is essential not only to me, but to everybody else. I depend on the free and open Internet to keep in touch with friends/family, job searches, entertainment, college classes, etc. Also, my brother relies on the Internet for his work.

      Evan from Pittsburgh, PA

    • The Internet is a resource that everyone should freely have equal access to.

      Chih-yu from Seattle, WA

    • The internet is a basic human necessity now like water or electricity. Children use it to study and learn about the world. We're supposed to be the leader of the free world and here we are just trying to keep our rights while the rest of the world watches. Me and my family use the internet to communicate and thousands of others do the same. You have the ability to change the world for the better and be remembered as freeing the internet for the people and by proxy the world. Don't let big money hungry companies dictate our freedoms or eventually they'll dictate yours too

      David from San Antonio, TX

    • There's research that I've had to get online that I can't get from the library. It's the one thing that you can't promise, that the information won't be regulated or blocked.

      RyVonne from Portland, MI

    • I am a retiree who uses the internet to keep track of and communicate with my wide-flung family, stay abreast of the world and politics, and to shop. I will not tolerate any business or government entity throttling these communications. The Internet Providers access my neighbors through wires crossing my land in a utility easement, just like those other utilities telephone and electric! The Internet is an integral part of our lives, it must remain free and open!

      Richard from Hebron, IN

    • As a citizen, I have a right to information to take away that right is taking away my constitutional rights. If the NRA has a right to their GUNS then I have a right Net Neutrality for my use. I am not gunning down people with the internet.

      Stacey from Sioux City, IA

    • To have one company control the distribution and creation of content is to invite criminal behavior. Mr. Pai, I suspect one day you will burst, and thousands of spiders will issue from the breach in your skin-shell.

      Jeffrey from Etters, PA

    • I use the internet daily for work, college, and sometimes entertainment. My livelihood revolves around a free and open internet and so does the business I work for which already struggles due to bandwidth issues. Killing net neutrality could very well put me out of a job and I will work tirelessly to put those who are responsible out of office. This is not China nor the United States of Verizon. Ajit Pai is doing this because he is corrupt and probably has a sweet deal with Verizon lined up for crushing good policy. He worked with them before, he worked with them again. Net Neutrality is pro-small business and anyone working against it is not only un-American, but want to tear down the foundations of Democracy and anyone against Net Neutrality shouldn't even be given the right to serve in office.

      Alexander from Princeton, MA

    • The Internet was created with taxpayer funds. It belongs equally to ALL of us, not just Big Media "squatters."

      Thom from Fountain Hill, PA

    • I have been using the internet for research and communication since before it was called "the internet". With a 300 baud modem, when it was the DARPA net. Where if you had graphics, they were ASCII "graphics." I still use it for research and communication. Since its inception, internet communication has been regulated like a utility, like water or electricity or telephone service, and it should continue to be regulated that way. People's lives depend on a reliable supply; indeed increasingly phone service (my phone service!) and household operations like thermostats are dependent on it. All users need to have equal access to everything available on the Internet. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) cannot be allowed to increase their profit margins by creating fast and slow speeds for sites of their choosing and charging consumers premium prices for upgraded access. Without net neutrality, small businesses, low-income individuals, and much of rural America would lose access to affordable, reasonably fast internet service.

      Georgia from Brattleboro, VT

    • I am a public librarian and I know that ending net neutrality will hurt the most vulnerable people who have the least access to internet services, and who are most vulnerable to scams and misinformation.

      Anina from Washington, DC

    • As a professional musician and music teacher, I rely on the internet for ALL of my connections in the music community, as well as for getting new students, learning new music, and more. I also rely on the internet for news and general community information, and to stay civically engaged, as a citizen. If we allow the big communications corporations to slow down or block whichever websites they don't like, or can't pay exorbitant fees, the vast majority of American citizens, like me, will lose access to the communication network on which we have all come to rely! It would be like forcing Americans to take a GIANT leap backwards, technologically!

      Linda from Atlanta, GA

    • I run a small non-profit arts organization in Ypsilanti, MI. We depend on the internet for the survival of our organization. A strong web presence is essential for any small organizations growth and sustainability. We provide accessible theatre to our community. The arts are an integral part of a healthy active community.

      Kristin from Ypsilanti, MI

    • The internet will become useless if it's changed, it must be able to connect to anyone without additional costs.

      Brett from Southampton, NY

    • The Internet is for the Earth, not Earthly gov't.

      Octaevius

    • Why would we ever try to fix something that isn't broken. The internet is just fine the way it is. The only people who want to change it are the ones who control big companies like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T because it would benefit them and not the American people. We need to maintain a free and open internet...we don't want a censored one!

      Eric from Portage, PA

    • Our business depends on the web. We are a small nonprofit educational school that provides expressive arts therapy and education interns to underserved populations all over the city of San Diego, and our website is our vital link to our students. Anything that impacts it negatively impacts our ability to keep our students and the public informed about our work, our field and events to benefit the public. Because we teach adult students, a lot of our resources are on line, meaning that throttling of streaming video or audio is a serious concern for our teaching. Also because we act in advocacy in our community for political hot button issues like women's and minority rights, mental healthcare parity, environmental protection and wealth inequality, the web is a central part of our political voice, as individuals and as a community. Net neutrality preserves our rights to freedom of speech and association as outlined in the constitution and is a compelling reason for maintaining the status quo. The internet was developed with government funds, and is by definition a public good, that cannot legally be sold away to the highest bidder, especially when we alread enjoy the highest prices and lowest service of any developed country on earth. Say no to greed, and injurious practices for consumers. Keep Net Neutrality alive.

      David from San Diego, CA

    • Maintaining the free flow of online information, not limited by individual or business interests, is necessary for humanity if we are going to avoid a future of special interests dictating the information that we can access. While the veil of this debate lies in other areas, the base nature of allowing providers to "Prioritize" traffic is an incredibly slippery slope. This argument over net neutrality can easily be viewed as a battle between the most affluential among us and everyone else. A vote to end net neutrality, then, lives in the people's minds as an elitist political vote against the best interests of the masses. AKA... disenfranchising your base.

      Travis from Clemmons, NC

    • I am semi-retired and count on my computer to write and sell freelance stories and do editing and PR consulting for extra income. Without a free internet, none of my research would be possible. It is also a means to read other sides of the stories in order to obtain a balanced view of what is going on so I can make intelligent decisions and opinions.

      Susan from Vernon Hills, IL

    • I believe that the first amendment allows for the free exchange of ideas and by limiting or charging for information is counter to those founding first amendment principles.

      Deborah from Minneapolis, MN

    • I work from home using the internet as my day job testing websites and I'm also an artist who depends on the internet for exposure. I also met my girlfriend through the Internet and many friends. It's a lifeline for me.

      David from El Cerrito, CA

    • I went to work with my current employer in 2003. I commuted 1-hour each way, to sit in a small office with a phone and computer. After about a year, I convinced them that I could provide better service working from home. This required high-speed internet, as my job is very data-intensive, a VPN connection critical, and 24/7 access required. If my traffic is relegated to a "slow lane" because I can't compete with larger competitors, I'll have to revert to the commute. This would cause a great upheaval in my family, as we've adapted to my being here over the last decade and a half. Additionally, my daughters live scattered across the globe, and we keep in touch via video conferencing. This is sometimes critical, as they've joined funeral services for family members via tablet, laptop, and phone. Discriminatory bandwidth allocation is bad business for the 21st century. Thank you for listening.

      Ronald from Jeffersonville, KY

    • Without a free internet, my small software developer business, which I’m hoping to build to employ many families, will never get off the ground.

      Deborah from Fairfield, CT

    • Our last democratic source for news and information is a neutral internet. The print and broadcast media is and has been a virtual monopoly with few voices.

      Barry from Montague, MA

    • I used to be religious. The problem with an infallible God is you feel shame when questioning what you believe. If it weren't for the internet, I wouldn't know what I know today. I wouldn't be a better person. I would still be stuck, adhering to false religious standards.

      Jonathan from Alexandria, VA

    • I am a graduate student in the information science field who studies the sociology of publishing particularly in the sciences. The public has a right to high download and upload speeds. Other countries we count as civil and economic peers do not fetter internet access in the same way enormous companies like Verizon and Comcast are being allowed to do here in the US.

      Stacy from Champaign, IL

    • I am a self employed designer who relies on the internet to provide services remotely. I use the internet regularly to deliver and receive large files in a timely manner. Open access to online services and training is vital to my work.

      Danny from Allen Park, MI

    • I have PTSD at this time. I stress about most things in life and the Internet is my life line to information that I need to make myself feel comfortable. I don't want to feel like I live in a filtered life.

      John from Hermiston, OR

    • I am a musician, studio owner who relies on the free, unencumbered internet.

      Bill from Greene, NY

    • I use the internet everyday to keep updated on news and environmental and social issues. By staying informed I am able to let my voice be heard. I call my representatives at least once a week. I participate in environmental and social actions that are sent through email. The internet helps me to exercise my Constitutional Rights and participate in issues as a responsible citizen.

      Barbara from Arnold, MD

    • The Internet is the number one tool for learning, new ideas, free speech, and a source of independent information. Independent information means information without anyones's spin on it. If I have a question I can get it answered immediately by searching the Internet. The key to correct information is getting a consensus of several Websites. If we start editing the Internet in this country the rest of the World will go their own way and we will be out of the loop. Thanks.

      Rocco from Wauchula, FL

    • The internet allows me to visit all sorts of websites. Even the ones I need most. If lose the open internet, i'd be greatly upset with the FCC. But the bigger issue is that they don't know what will happen to the companies and their customers if they went forward with this plan. Like lawsuits for example. Just a guess. This should not be about money. We all need Net Neutrality to keep our internet alive and well. I still support Net Neutrality to stay alive.

      Christopher from Elgin, SC

    • Most of the time I live on a fixed income of $770 a month, raising a special needs, medically fragile child. Access to her medical information and to get appointments are being done through the internet. If net neutrality is not protected, then I will lose access to these important test results and notes from the doctor and my ability to communicate with the doctors will be limited. I also use the internet to stay current on events in Washington and to sign petitions and be part of the political process. This too would be limited as it is difficult to get out with someone in a wheelchair and also with limited income. I also use the internet to stay connected to others, informing them of what is going on in congress when I work as a part-time organizer. My ability to perform this job when I am able would also be severely limited without net neutrality.

      Virjeana from Belgrade, MT

    • The internet is critical to be able to function in today's society

      Jason from Chicago, IL

    • The only way a citizen can make informed decisions is to have access to professional and unbiased news sources. I do not trust the mass media news owned by giant corporations to deliver unbiased news coverage so I get most of my world news from small, understaffed organizations that rely on open access over the internet to reach people like me. These organizations work on a shoe string budget so if a large and powerful ISP chose to slow or perhaps even block their content from reaching internet viewers the only protection that this small news organization has is the current FCC governance which enforces "Net Neutrality" rules over all broadband communications.

      Michael from Roswell, GA

    • I'm a small business owner and net neutrality makes it possible for me to get my brands out there without having my voice drowned out by bigger manufacturers. Keep the internet free!

      Colleen from Galveston, TX

    • Why should we have to defend why! It's the PRINCIPLE!!!

      Harry from Brooklyn, NY

    • As a small business owner of a gaming and Internet cafe that demands flawless connection to all different types of websites, game servers, voice over IP services and many other avenues. I am terrified of what will happen if big corporations get their way with a service that should be open to everyone without having to pay extra money. Our business was meant to bring our city community together yet if we lose net neutrality we will lose everything we have worked for here. If we aren't able to offer our customers the same service that we have been it's curtains for us. Without a free and open internet we are literally stepping backwards in progress. These corporations will most likely slice up the sites available and throttle everyone but the big pocket payers. That limits less income families and children from accessing a free and open internet to literally learn whatever they want. Corporations are taking over this country and we really need the good hearted TRUE Americans to stand up for the people. Please keep a open and free internet so that one day our kids of the future can have opportunity to make the best of their lives. Opportunity that isn't stolen away for greed.

      Grayson from San Antonio, TX

    • The internet provides us with knowledge and info from the outside world. We use it to speak out by trying to end corruption and violence.

      Keefe from Ventura, CA

    • I get all my communication with the world via the internet and I don't want some big greedy corporation deciding what I can watch, hear and where I can go online. That is obscene! It's utterly insane - that is like the phone company refusing to let me make phone calls according to their arbitrary whim! NO TO CORPORATE TYRANNY! ENFORCE NET NEUTRALITY!

      Amy from New York, NY

    • I think that net neutrality is very important... I know that this will likely never get read but I hope that if someone does read this, it puts a new light on things... I understand that companies want more money, I mean, who doesn't? This issue on the other hand, it extends way past just giving more money to the big internet corporations which give us internet service. Getting rid of a free and open internet would not only stop the propagation of public progress, but also discourage small businesses to even bother to use the internet. Sure, having no more competition sounds real nice but it also is a big thorn in everyone's backside since US the people must pay the biggest price... We go from having honest business practices and fair prices to having shady people try to squeeze every penny, dime and nickel from us. Hell, we wouldn’t even get good service anymore…. If the people don’t fight, I know that everything else will go backwards… I doubt anyone cares what I say but I just want to give my two cents on the issue…. I really want to be able to enjoy a free and open internet, one that encourages progress rather than trying to destroy it. I also want to see any possible future family that I have be also able to see the same and look at our progress and stare in awe. No one should look at the progress we have made and say “look at this, we failed! Let’s go back to the stone age! Things were much better then!”

      Igor from Prineville, OR

    • The open exchange of information over the internet allows people from almost all walks of life to stay informed and engaged with events on every scale, it's a way to give everyone an informed voice, no one should be able to filter it based on political or business motivation.

      Austin from McMinnville, OR

    • A free and open internet has been vital to my professional and personal life and the ability to have healthy and appropriate boundaries between them.

      Elizabeth from Columbus, GA

    • Even with Net Neutrality in place American Citizens are having their personal information harvested in nefarious ways and are being bombarded by targeted advertising. We must not allow any more control by corporations regarding what information is available to us. An informed population is a healthy way forward.

      Yuana from River Ridge, LA

    • I have spent the last fifteen years of my life learning violin building and repair. Luthiery is my profession now, and this tiny, delightful, arcane pursuit has flourished in a way unprecedented since the golden Cremonese period over the last few years in no small part because of the sharing of information made possible by an open, neutral, internet. It's worth noting that the three most famous violin building families (Amati, Guarneri and Stradivarius) all lived within a few blocks of each other, and the information that was shared between them managed to produce one of the most beautiful and compelling human inventions. Now every living luthier is as close to me as my computer screen, we all live in a virtual neighborhood, information is being shared that is vital to the continued development of our trade. There are not so many of us in the world-- it takes a special level of geekiness and proficiency with hand tools to want to make a go of it in our field-- and I know that if information flow on the internet is prioritized to favor the most popular interests or the highest paying content providers the growth in understanding and excellence we have seen over the past few years will likely come to a grinding halt. The internet is not broken. Please, please do not attach your good name and political fortunes to a greedy, short-sighted attempt to break it.

      Caridwen from Spokane, WA

    • I am a teacher and my student use the internet to learn and research. If you make charges apply to every time we log on, you take away an opportunity to learn and grow. Please keep the internet free

      Cindy from Kasilof, AK

    • I use the internet every day to answer my emails and write letters and petitions. The internet must remain clean.

      Sue from Somerset, KY

    • Selling on Etsy is vital.

      Glenda from Los Angeles, CA

    • As with most people, I am very busy with my work and family obligations, and my main form of communication, outside of my household is the internet. I get frustrated when my internet connection is slow at times. And, sometimes I will simply drop my effort to communicate. To me, it is obvious that if we let large corporations regulate the internet speed/access, the average citizen will lose to the big money. That will dramatically, adversely affect free speech.

      Phillip from Fort Collins, CO

    • as an educator I use online resources and learning programs on a daily basis. The internet is like the interstate highway system and should be open to all and the government should regulate internet providers to guarantee they provide equal access to all Americans without tolls and fees to gain favorable status on the web.

      Mark from Los Angeles, CA

    • The internet is very important to me. It is my newspaper, my radio, and my TV.

      Dawn from Huntington, VT

    • Without Internet, I would lose contact with loved ones who live far away - important to me. Without Internet, I would not be able to blog - my only real effort at writing, and important to me. Without Internet, I would learn far less about what is going on in the country and the world; I would not have access to groups which are working for positive change. Without Internet, I would not be able to vet some of the information I get; I would not be able to learn - at least not as quickly and currently - about topics of interest. (Libraries seem to be phasing out updated books in favor of DVDs and online access.) I would not be able to learn new skills via such resources as YouTube. Lack of Internet access would tend to isolate us again to local areas, and to reduce the extent to which we can intelligently influence our government, our policies, our world. Highly restricted access to or loss of Internet access would be a massive tragedy for most of us, and would propel our world backwards.

      Elizabeth from Sterling, VA

    • I use the internet for watching movies, read fan fiction stories, sign petitions and other stuff. If Net Neutrality gets taken away, I won't be able to have fun on the internet anymore if my rights would be lost. Keep the Internet open for all!

      Kenny from Bowie, MD

    • Hello, First off who doesn’t use the internet these days? And who also values their ISP’s integrity, values, and ability to treat all customers right regardless of money? I for one do, so why are we in 2017 even having to discuss this issue? The laws and regulations we have regarding net neutrality that are currently on the books have been working just fine. Why for one man, go through the trouble? Is it all in the name of money? Aren’t the consumers who choose to invest in these companies more important? After all they are the driving force that make companies like Comcast and Verizon possible. I encourage you reading this to ask yourself these questions and more regarding this issue. Personally this is something I never thought we would need to fight for... this should be a right.

      Lynon from Carterville, IL

    • I like using the Internet for communication with friends, watch videos, read fictions, sign petitions and all the stuff that I enjoyed online and Net Neutrality made it good for me. If Net Neutrality gets taken away, I'll lose the rights I have and that's not fair at all. I want Net Neutrality to stay and the internet to be free and open for all forever! I want the Internet to be for the people, not corporations that only care about money! PLEASE HELP US STOP THIS MADNESS!!!!!!!!!

      Jacob from Vancouver, WA

    • I am an independent filmmaker in Bellingham, Washington. Net Neutrality allows me to distribute my films On Demand. I speak for all independent filmmakers when I say Keep The Internet OPEN!

      James from Bellingham, WA

    • Net neutrality is important to me personally because I use the internet for entertainment, education, socializing, and financial transactions. Switching back to theatres, newspapers, libraries, snail mail, and brick-and-mortar outlets is possible but would reduce my happiness. More importantly, many people, especially young people, have come to rely on the internet for many of their needs. And we should never give companies the kinds of power we are used to seeing used by the mafia. We rely on the government to protect us and ethical businesses from unethical businesses, especially in this case, where the oligopology means we cannot can free market protections.

      Deborah from Austin, TX

    • I sell my handmade jewelry online, and as it’s been, people have been able to find my tiny website using Google search. I doubt I would get any business at all if we lost Net Neutrality.

      Allison from BROOKLYN, NY

    • I do business on the internet. I don't have a physical storefront, just a warehouse. You kill the internet so you make money, and then everyone else loses. You will put hundreds of small businesses out of business, for good. It CAN and WILL happen. Your greed for lining your own pockets with bribes will not come anywhere close to matching what will be lost in revenue from businesses, both physical and online only that depend on a free, open internet to survive and advertise. For once, try not to put your personal interests ahead of the interests of the people whose lives you will undoubtedly affect.

      Gregory from Chicago, IL

    • Net Neutrality is free speech, and an equalizer between the haves and haves nots, Please protect it.

      Andrew from Las Vegas, NV

    • I'm writing out of concern that the FCC will kill Net Neutrality. My husband and I own a small electrical contracting company which serves the San Gabriel Valley in California. Our website is our main source of new customers. Without it, we would never have survived the recession. With Net Neutrality, visitors to our website can open it as quickly as a website for any other electrical company, even one owned by a large national corporation such as Powell Electric. But if we lose Net Neutrality, as the FCC is considering, large corporations will be able to buy faster Internet service. Visitors to our smaller company's website might be assigned "slower lanes" on the Internet and have to wait for the website to open up. This would be like giving priority on our public freeways to trucks owned by multi-nationals, allowing them to cut ahead of other traffic. Please retain Title II. Title II gives equal access to the Internet, just as our public freeways and phone lines give equal access.

      Alexandra from La Crescenta, CA

    • I need the internet to be free and impartial so that I can be guaranteed efficient access websites relevant to my work.

      Anaubrey from Albuquerque, NM

    • I'm a college student, son, brother, night shift employee, and much more. You obviously have no regards for people like me... which are the ones who are the future of this country. Getting rid ofNet Neutrality will affect all of us and may hinder our ability to produce the results needed in order to be successful. Im surd you would have been against making books more expensive when you were going through college.. books are online now, and cutting our speeds can lead to less ability to do the required school work

      Thomas from Louisville, KY

    • I love the internet, but Net Neutrality is important to us to reach our goals, studies, chatting on the the social media, getting new jobs, watching interesting videos, and more, internet is for all of us, we demand our respect to those people who are online, if you guys refuse, then we will never buy any computer, laptop, smartphone, or any other electronic devices if you are willing to keep Net Neutrality safe and stayed

      Erick from Los Angeles, CA

    • The open internet allows us to keep abreast of so many important government issues, health issues, equality issues... IT helps us to participate more in our gov't by all the petitions we sign and calls we make for issues that are critical to all of our well-being. This is most salient with Pruitt turning away from the Clean Power Plan...which will darn well effect everyone's health and well-being.

      Mary from Tucson, AZ

    • The story of the open internet is about all the little ways we rely on Net Neutrality every day to build community, grow and change our society. Everyday I rely on the internet to get the information I need easily to be a participant in our democracy. We need net neutrality like we need clean arteries - all the blood passing through without obstacles. Our very existence as a nation depends on it.

      Vicki from Monroe, NH

    • My family uses the internet for work and school. There is no good reason why the internet shouldn't be free or different speeds for different people. Keep it free.

      Kim from Marysville, WA

    • please keep out internet free

      Olivier from Lee, MA

    • Why would anyone want to take away what has progressed the world? Not only do everything we do in this world is somehow tied to some form of internet's communication. So tell me why this is now an issue? Who wants more control over what and how, who, why, people communicate and know information? Regulate our thoughts and movements? I don't think so.

      LaShaunda from Lawnside, NJ

    • As a 79 yr. old Iowan, my wife and I have come to depend upon the computer and Net Neutrality is important to us. We are both retired, my self, have paid into Social Security for all of my working years since obtaining a work permit at fifteen years old. My wife was fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom till the last of three children started high school. We feel blessed to have our Social security that we had paid into and have wisely used what we have earned. Net Neutrality helps us make ends meet, we rely on our computer communications with our doctors, our children, our friends. we use our computer for shopping,comparing prices, banking, news, health information, coupons, entertainment, we use are computer for filing our taxes, for a dictionary, reading about American history, social media, the list goes on... The computer has become an integro part of our lives. To have Net Neutrality taken away, would be devastating to our way of lives, we depend upon it and I can not believe that we are the only ones that depend on Net neutrality as a big part of our lives. Thank you.

      John from Cedar Falls, IA

    • I cannot think of a single argument against Net Neutrality that resonates with me for even a moment. Please do the right thing.

      Nathan from MINNEAPOLIS, MN

    • I am a real person. I love the internet the way it is. Open internet is how I look things up for my studies for college, for my essays. I need to the open internet for different sources and ideas for essays. Besides that people share and gain businesses through the internet. We need it to stay how it is, it's not far for people that are poor. This shouldn't be a decision the government gets to make, essentially taking away our right of free speech. It's not right. Please don't let this happen.

      Catherine from Lynn, MA

    • The internet is today's town square. It is the place to engage with vital issues, discover new ideas and creations, and communicate with friends.

      Greg from Austin, TX

    • i need net neutrality for civil rights work

      Dave from boca raton fl,, FL

    • I rely on the open internet to shop online. The businesses I shop from could not survive if they had to pay a toll for fast lanes.

      Michael from Martinez, CA

    • I established a nonprofit organization, Our Mother's Voice, which relies on the Internet to provide essential information to empower advocates who have loved ones in long-term care. I have very little revenue. I cannot afford to pay fees in order to be able to access and share information. Vulnerable people in nursing homes will suffer if their loved ones cannot freely access crucial information about advocating for quality care and services.

      Kathy from Lugoff, SC

    • Ibne element of our culture and society often overlooked is this - the Internet is the transportation means for disabled creatives and business persons. I received a grant award in 2004 from THE ABILITIES FUND to demonstrate this fact - that the Internet is critical for disabled entrepreneurs. A global confernece was held at the World cafe in Philadelphia in which I was a panelist. This presented an opportunity for me to work with LIQUIDISLAND, an original rock music band that had entertained us at the 2004 conference. The Internet allows creative collaborations without geographic movement, again, critical for physically disableds, the "nobility challenged" portion of our world. That said, keep the Internet free, available and secure... End your greed and why is this an FCC issue after you allowed Xfinity to own so much from Disney totelevision channels? Priorities need adjustment, folks... Shalom.

      DD from Clifton Heights, PA

    • I NEED THE INTERNET TO TALK TO FRIENDS AND STAY POLITICALLY UPDATED.

      Kenneth from Bentonville, AR

    • I fear that we are slowly headed towards censorship and losing our ability for free speech. If this plan goes through, then what is to stop financial interests from censoring certain content, news, and disconnecting us from what they do not wish for us to see? If the government wants us to even remotely trust them, then going through with a plan that sounds like it can be easily corrupted through money or political interest sounds like more trouble that we do not need. If this goes through, then it only feels appropriate to countdown how long America will still be "the land of the free" before people have to fight for that title once more. Do we truly want to start such conflicts, or is that the objective now?

      Russell from Marietta, GA

    • On behalf of animation and 3D modeling students everywhere, please keep the Internet fast and open. The Internet and the countless modeling, animating and programming tutorials on sites like Pluralsight, Gnomon, and 3D Total have been a boon to my career as a 3D Artist, and I haven't even graduated college. I have used the Internet not only for learning complex animation software, but also to speed up image rendering times to meet deadlines, getting a 3D Modeling job at the Chuck Jones Center of Creativity, communicating with my clients and employers, and sharing videos and artwork to all my friends and family (and even interested strangers). In the future, I may use the Internet to learn advanced programming, or start a freelance business, or simply advertise myself to potential employers and to continue my education long after college. Studies show that students with reliable Internet connections tend to be better at their field and earn more money, and I am proof of that, but I can't continue my climb to American greatness with a poor and/or expensive Internet connection. Please ensure that the Internet is still free, open, and competitive, so that students like me can lead America to further innovation and prosperity.

      Jeffrey from Aliso Viejo, CA

    • Net Neutrality can be literally life-saving. A distressed student in one of my online classes threatened suicide this summer. Thanks to the speed of our connection, even though I was overseas, I was able to contact a teaching assistant and the local police and Student Services to conduct a welfare check on the student and make sure that my student was okay and well supported. Without Net Neutrality, I might not have received my student's message in time to save her, or I might not have been able to reach university police or student services. Students often use email to reach out and ask for help, rather than the telephone or texting (and certainly not office hours). My institution also uses the internet to send out alerts to students, faculty, and staff about dangerous weather conditions, public safety threats, and so on. Net Neutrality allows us to be confident that we can contact our communities in time to keep them safe.

      Sujata from Athens, GA

    • I do not want to share my story with policy makers, but i'm about to let Free Press Kill Ajit Pai.

      TheNAF2001 from Slidell, LA

    • I'm a German sales agent for a few big United States Companies. The commissions are the only income I have. I need a web like it is now, no damaged one! Companies who think they can earn more from a dead and boring web will go bankrupt - like myself! That's a fact!

      Carola

    • I do not wanto share my story with policy makers.

      Michael from Vienna, VA

    • An internet no longer equal for all will kill my business due to the simple fact that unless you are already rich you won't be able to compete with those companies who are rich and will then 'own' the internet. My business will be buried....But consider this, ANY company or organization who knowingly disables a persons' form of income or 'survival' is asking for a class-action law suit. Don't think for a moment this won't happen if our internet neutrality (freedom) is infringed upon.GREED CANNOT WIN or we will all lose.

      Dave from Queensbury, NY

    • My small business is over 50 percent dependent on e-commerce sales. I am scared to death that after 20 years on-line my livlihood will be threatened by the fact I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD the FASTER LANES that will be created by the greedy corporate HOGS and their JET SETTING FRIENDS.. Please protect us.. Not to mention we will all be charged more for all internet related sevices due to this complete HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF OUR WE THE PEOPLES INTERNET.. SAVE THE NET PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY!

      Tracy from queensbury, NY

    • Just the simple suggestion of competition in my area has brought multiple gigabit service plans as an option. Before competition, prices were much higher, choices were few, and average bandwidth stayed constant or even decreased over the years. Keeping content providers from monopolizing Internet access speeds is vital for American competition. The needs of our nation outweight the desires of a few large, monopolistic, extremely profitable corporations.

      Anil from Austin, TX

    • I have access to information otherwise not as easily acquired. Keep the world aware and educated.

      Jessica from Miami, FL

    • I use the Internet to stay connected politically, socially, and to my audience of my writing. I also use it to stay abreast of current events, I prefer reading my news to watching it. The Internet is very important to me, and it is important that it stays free.

      Lynette from CINCINNATI, OH

    • The internet is how I make my living. Don't mess with it.

      Jeordan from San Francisco, CA

    • An open internet benefits everyone.

      Julius from Brooklyn, NY

    • You Tube and Google are engaged in political racketeering. They are destroying the second amendment. Just ask Mark Dice and Alex Jones.

      Douglas from San Jose, CA

    • I'm building a startup. The idea that a giant ISP could come up with a competitive product and then proceed to effectively scrub my product or throttle down its speed so significantly as to cause me to fail is, fundamentally, wrong and discouraging. This will crush entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ambitions of a generation who rely on the web as a tool to make new things and grow via organic traffic, despite not having loads of capital to throw at marketing... unlike these giants who will only continue to swell.

      Tristan from Midland, MI

    • My family and I rely on a variety of public media for news, information, and entertainment. Radio reception being imperfect, we get a lot of use out of these media's websites, whether it's print news on npr.org or streaming live radio from community radio stations with signals too weak to get over the airwaves. Without net neutrality, these listener- and reader-supported web resources would be strangled. Public and community media outlets who already rely on listeners, watchers, and readers to pay their bills will not be able to afford the VIP lanes that unfettered service providers will create. So they will effectively be relegated to a slow lane, and readers, viewers, and listeners like my family will suffer. And who benefits? Not the consumer. This begs the question: what is the purpose of the FCC? Whom is it meant to serve, to benefit? The people of the USA, or a handful of telecommunications quasi-monopolies?

      Ajit from Mechanic Falls, ME

    • I use the internet to keep in touch with family and friends!! Also I love learning new things and looking up information. It’s a wonderful tool for the future of our world as we become more global.

      Catherine from Le Grand, CA

    • I use the internet to fight the rise of the American fascist capitalist military/police state!

      John and Martha from Elkhart Lake, WI

    • We need net neutrality because we can't trust the giants to police themselves. At this point we can't even trust the police to police themselves. We need to not give them more say over how and what we view. Even more now in a time when these agencies can't be trusted not to do more crap to get richer. It's not like you guys can read code, you dont even read the laws you sign. Don't mess up the Internet, your have really messed up everything else.

      Natalie from Salinas, CA

    • I use the internet for education, videos, and enjoyment. I use the internet to connect to my friends and to make my future brighter. If Net Neutrality goes away, I may not be able to excel and make a living for myself. I plan to go into a field based on computers and the internet. If restrictions are applied to the internet, my dream job might not be possible due to big companies wanting money even though they are already extremely wealthy. (Not to mention everyone else I know.) We need Net Neutrality.

      Anthony from Lake Charles, LA

    • I'm a semi-retired web developer. I continue to manage several web sites for non-profit organizations as well as my own blogs and web sites. As a non-commercial Internet user, I and my pro bono clients depend on free and equal access to the Internet to get our message out to members and persons interested in our activities and viewpoints. The free and open Internet is essential to maintaining a community across geographic boundaries, sharing information vital to all of us. The loss of Net Neutrality would turn the Internet into the "vast wasteland" that commercial television has made of the cable and broadcast systems, delivering only the point of view of those with money and ulterior motives. A free and open Internet means free exchange of information among ordinary people, for their mutual benefit and, ultimately, the benefit of all mankind.

      Larye from Shelton, WA

    • We in the states are held captive to cable/satellite services for an ISP.Most of the world has low cost through their public postal service.Consider that foor those of us who have been left out

      Steve from Kenmore, NY

    • My access to information should never be prohibited by my government as an American citizen. Taking away net neutrality is a clear vision of how regulating what I can see and what I can read is taking away my freedoms and my rights as an American. I demand that my representatives do their jobs and listen to the voices of the majority of Americans and stand up in defense to net neutrality and not the wants of any corporation or money that may be gained as profit to limiting anyone's access to information they would be helpful in learning and decision making on any level.

      Shane from Ashville, OH

    • As a scientific researcher at a major university I am vitally dependent on data largely available only via internet sites. My research arena is astronomy and allied fields (astrodynamics, planetary ephemerides, solar physics), including the use of mathematical and statistical tools available only via websites, which are often integral to the data storage sites. Some of my own data resides on several of these sites, including NASA databases. Data sites range from modest to very extensive in size, and often require data mining techniques to search out data I need or have an interest in accessing for future research. Research effort also requires accessing the literature of previous and current researchers who publish in peer-reviewed journals which are only available on-line, since university libraries now rarely carry subscriptions to these journals. The impact of a bifurcated internet is extremely troubling to me as a researcher, as I see the vast majority of scientific research access being significantly diminished. Based on what has been stated publicly, I have little doubt that scientific research would be considered a 'slow-lane' use of the internet, and hold no illusions that it would be considered a 'fast-lane' enterprise. This secondary status that independent scientific research would be considered in favor of business 'research' is a significant throttle to all scientific research as it will eliminate the capability of doing time-dependent computations efficiently simply because large databases often require time-intensive statistical analyses using aforesaid tools available only on the data sites. The 'slow-lane' will as well eliminate the current capability to quickly and efficiently disseminate results to other researchers, as well as to the public. Why should science, which is fundamental and integral to the progress of society, technology and its allied businesses, be hampered in any way for any reason? If such engines of progress are 'slowed down' because they cannot afford to pay for 'fast' access, in favor of entertainment businesses which can afford access, all researchers would be shocked and dismayed that their enterprise, which by any measure improves society, is disfavored in a bifurcated internet by the entertainment business that, by many measures, does not. Such a bifurcated internet clearly favors corporatist thinking in the short-term, but, in the end analysis, is disqualified by the long-term benefits of basic, independent scientific research with which they cannot compete in providing future, real-life benefits. The profits accrued by ISPs is a decidedly very poor tradeoff against lasting societal benefits of scientific research.

      M from Philadelphia, PA

    • To whom it may concern; I am an honorably discharged Marine Corps veteran. I enlisted in the military on the idea I was serving freedoms that our constitution had made clear,freedom of speech was one. Many of us out here in the civilian world use the internet to communicate ideas and information and the net had become our medium. It has been documented that SOME would censor that medium and even block our right to free speech. Those actions are in my military mind a CLEAR & DIRECT infringment on those rights and freedoms that all of US in the military and other branches of service strive to protect. I personally use the net to gain UNBIASED & UNCENSORED information on all the activities going on in this great big world. If we lose that right to free speech and communication you might as well hand this country over to the chinese, we will be that close to their way of controls and government. Thank you, Ronald Robinson

      Ronald from Watkinsville, GA

    • Open internet lets me get content directly from creators without the filter of Mass Media

      Joseph from Hollis, NH

    • As a computer repair technician, I require reliable, uncensored internet access. In this digital age, there is no longer any specific demographics or groups that need the internet, everyone needs the internet. Without Net Neutrality, and enforcement of it, there is no way to guarantee that internet service providers will not take advantage of their customers in more ways than one. Prices could rise drastically, and sites could be blocked just because they belong to a competitor. Please defend Net Neutrality, and keep the FCC liable to enforce it. Thank You!

      Nathan from Barnum, MN

    • The internet is important to hear more voices than you just see on the local news. Net neutrality is important to be fair among companies such as Netflix.

      William from Royal Oak, MI

    • The internet is a vital part of my everyday life.

      Steven from Hilllsboro, OR

    • I'm no millionaire. Net Neutrality is a vital component of our freedom.

      Carl from East Elmhurst, NY

    • Net neutrality matters because democracy matters. It’s about the PEOPLE above all else. It’s never been a better time for EVERYONE to have a voice - that includes you, your spouse, children, grandchildren, etc. Please. Help neutralize the Net! Thank you.

      Felix from Miami, FL

    • I use online news websites to keep up to date with world politics. If someone doesn't think that's necessary or doesn't like the news I read, they can slow that connection down. Net neutrality should be a foregone conclusion in the 21st century if we want a functioning democracy. So much information resides on the internet that to not have a neutral one would be anathema to a politically involved, well-informed electorate.

      Joyce

    • While members of the US Military and the entire US government, along with every state are ramping up cyber security, Members of Congress like Jeff Flake and Marsha Blackburn authored a bill and 263 other members of congres voted for it. See the list of all 265 and what they were paid by Verizon and ComCast Online at The Verge It was signed into law by president* trump that allows companies like Verizon, ComCast, EquiFax and Wells Fargo to collect, buy, sell and trade my data, your data, and everyone else’s data. Those companies have proven themselves to be inept at protecting the privacy and the interests of their customers. Tell Congress the Internet belongs to everyone and at the same time no one. The interests of individual internet users and their privacy rights are far more important than profit growth for individual companies.

      PF from Tampa, FL

    • Net Neutrality is important to me. I cannot afford jacked up prices the companies who connect me to the net. I use it for everything. Please keep net neutrality.

      Tara from Saint Louis, MO

    • I have been involved in the "Internet" since the mid-eighties. I worked with SRI-NIC to establish early domain names (LNS.COM and FIDONET.ORG). In 1990, I help co-found an early ISP called TLGnet. In 1996 I was Director of Operations at Internet Archive and Alexa Internet. In 1998 I co-founded the first commercial anti-spam company (Brightmail). In 2000 I was VP of Operations for a document retention company (Disappearing Inc.). I was the first investor for a data center company called UnitedLayer. In 2012. I was the Director of Operations for a film streaming company (Fandor). In each of these companies, it was critical that we had an open and "neutral" Internet. It may have been impossible to start companies like Fandor if bandwidth was throttled based on what the content provider or subscriber had to pay to the last mile provider. In the early days of the Internet, you didn't have this bottleneck as you would use dial-up to connect to any service provider you wanted. All of this changed when broadband was needed and that limited the number of service providers to the cable and telephone company. Depending on where you lived, you either had both, one or none. This meant you didn't have a choice if the service provider wants to throttle the content you are looking for. You are stuck. As there is the artificial monopoly, regulation such as Title II needs to be put into place to ensure we have a level playing field. We have already seen what happens without it. AT&T, Verizon and providers have either entertained or put into place "fast lanes" that means a degraded service for those that can't pay. We need to make sure we can provide a network that supports compitition on the Internet

      Tim from Mill Valley, CA

    • Corporate media's lost legitimacy through consolidation and market motives. An open internet mitigates this corruption of media responsibility to an informed citizenry. We need ROBUST public T.V., radio and print journalism. At present the best we have is on-line, and that we cannot, lose and survive as a democracy...

      David from Denver, CO

    • The open net permits an unfiltered access to news media where all opinions have a voice and all stories are covered even if only one fringe outlet reports on it. Those fringe outlets are certainly going to be negatively impacted, and practically censored if net neutrality is gutted, and I think allowing money to come before access to news and politics threatens journalists and makes form a less informed public. I urge the FCC to strongly protect Title II and not set up a risky system based on trust from the cable companies, companies which are by nature looking to make profits rather than protect our rights. As an aspiring journalist I worry this will limit my ability to innovate in the field and my freedom to apply where I wish.

      Damian from McKinney, TX

    • I live in a rural mountain town of less than 6000 residents, Westcliffe Colorado. In my community the cable company Centurylink does not have bandwidth to offer the best they can offer is 1.5 Mbit down and .75 up. I was not even able to get installed with these meager speeds. So I was given two wireless options, Hilltop Broadband or DD Wireless. Neither of these companies offer TV stations. Currently I am getting an average of 3.5 Mbit down and that is the max Hilltop offers. There is a 3 to 6 month wait to try DD wireless as they have a backlog for new installs. With 3.5 Mbit download streaming is not very good it has lots of lags. Broadcast signal only gets Channel 11.1 & 11.2 out of Pueblo, and 13.1, 13.2 (spanish) and 13.3 out of Colorado Springs. So we put up with the lags to watch with Netflix and Amazon Prime. If you allow net neutrality to go away, this will be a huge setback for any individuals whom are in a similar situation.

      William from Westcliffe, CO

    • I volunteer time to a program which has changed the lives of almost everyone in it, including myself, for the better and in which, as of 2016, individuals from nine different states participate. Communicating through the internet is one of the ways we, and the most common way I, organize our two, annual events.

      Natalie from Iowa City, IA

    • People make their living online, and some need it as a lifeline to the outside world. If you let cable companies charge astronomical prices then you’ll be stifling the economy, creativity, political discourse and access to all but the wealthiest Americans.

      JessicaTowns from Canyon Country, CA

    • In 1993, on my way to classes at the college, an elderly woman pulled directly out in front of me, changing my life, as I knew it, for ever. Since then, it is just easier to stay in my home. Even with the Disability Act, this world is not very accommodating for disabled people. My internet is my main connection to the world outside my home. I pay my bills online, I learn online, I join other folks like me online. You can't control that! Don't even try to control the internet It isn't yours! It's just fine!

      Susan from Gainesville, FL

    • I read two newspapers and several news magazines. However, I am aware that large businesses ( and large readership is a business) are mostly owned by groups that are beholden to groups that do not always agree to ideas that I think are or may be important. For new ideas and thoughtful discourse, small groups found on the internet are important even though they have limited funding.

      Thelda from Chico, CA

    • I am a web developer. There's not much more that needs to be said. I, and almost everyone I know, now relies on an open internet to be able to compete and make a living. The internet is the only real innovation in my lifetime, and I am 45. This is not about, can I get cheap entertainment, it's about my livelihood.

      Kevin from denver, CO

    • I use the internet to keep myself informed and entertained at the same time. I use it to search for recipes, to research for craft projects. I also watch videos and listen to music and podcasts to be entertained. The internet need stay open for everyone, no matter what age, sex or race that they are! We use the internet for good. If we lose that right, it would be dire for all of us.

      Tracey from Ocoee, FL

    • Research to be on top of things and learn more about the world as well as using it for my education. I have family and friends who rely on it being free for their businesses for income.

      Katherine from Tucson, AZ

    • As a small business of one developing website, and as a patent of 3 students - one in college- I depend on the internet in many ways. Me and my children use it to learn, even been working in improving my skills to increase business and better support my family!

      Lisa from Port Charlotte, FL

    • I rely upon the internet to continually educate myself. I an a middle class working women. I don't have money for higher education. However, I have a passion for open source education. The internet truly bridges financial classes, race, sex, regionals, etc. It allows us to be equals, when the rest of life doesn't. Keep is open. Don't let greed win!

      Christina from Manchester, NH

    • Libraries are touchstones for communities and my role there is to see that our patrons have free access to the information they seek. It is vital to libraries that research, connections, and accurate information on the internet remain available to all.

      Wendy from Vashon, WA

    • I use it to stay in touch with friends, buy products I am not able to find in my small rural area, and keep up with news, medical updates, and politics.

      Kay from Quaker City, OH

    • I use the internet every day as the way I learn as a student what is going on in the world, I play video games for fun as a way to unwind from school and relax rather than play outside with people that are too busy watching TV that I don't like. I use the internet controlled by America to talk to people that I care about across the country and the world. The people that I would be devastated to lose. I use the internet to watch videos uninterrupted at the speed that I pay for. I don't use the internet as a way to load things slowly. I pay for a speed and that speed is what I should get, not just from one place but everywhere capable. Imagine if your water in your house was slow at some faucets because the faucet manufacturer didn't pay a premium for a faster flow. Imagine if your car that was advertised to go 100 mph could only go 50 on the freeway because the state didn't pay a premium. That would kill businesses that rely on speedy transport. That would kill any group that relies on a car moving at a certain speed. That is what revoking net neutrality would do to the internet once more. That is the future I call the beginning of a dystopian society. That is how you end the oh so important small businesses.

      Andrew from Vancouver, WA

    • Net neutrality is the atomic bomb of our generation. Deciding how we, as a species, will handle the flow of communication between ourselves will shape the world in unknowable ways for centuries. This is not an overstatement. It starts with ignorance. Ignorance is at the core of bigotry, racism, and any type of "othering". Ignorance kills people; not knowing what heart attack symptoms are or that there is a hurricane about to land in your area can kill you. Ignorance corrupts and mutates your opinions; it is the barrier that makes you controllable, keeps you in the dark, and makes you someone else's tool. Countering ignorance requires information; not just any information, but true, reliable, testable information, that is easier to get than it is to listen to a person with disingenuous motives. Access to this information needs to be instant, easy, and without barriers. The more barriers that are placed between you and looking up whether the black jumper cable goes on negative or positive, the less likely you are to actually do it. Ease of use and access is a powerful, overlooked thing, that no one talks about or gives enough credit to. Net neutrality enters here. If an organization can put a pay wall, a slower connection, or complete block between you and content of THEIR choosing, you are not in control anymore. They are, and they will use that power to control you; to take your money, to influence your political vote, to force you to act in the way that they want. Fight that. Fight for the right to treat all data as equal. The organizations who provide the connections to your devices want to control what you see and what you don't see. They want to favor their friends and not their enemies, and most importantly: They Want Your Money They want it at any cost. They will lobby congress, pay pundits, and buy politicians to enact rules that destroy you and favor them. They want it even if it kills you, your neighbor, your husband, your daughter, the environment. Even if it makes you sick, gives you cancer, puts you in jail, or destroys lives. They want it all, and they are willing to play the long game to influence you to champion them doing it. The biggest tool they have to influence you is your access to information. If they can control that, they can control you. Don't let them.

      Michael from Bothell, WA

    • Without the internet I would have to rely on corporate 'news' to get information & would make doing research almost impossible for me.

      Douglas from Landover, MD

    • Net Neutrality is the single most important domestic issue facing our country today, for without it, the ability of ALL people to compete online will be destroyed by giving precedence to those big companies who already exist and don't want to be bothered by innovation. Helping the poor and disenfranchised, for example, without supporting Net Neutrality is a useless effort. Voting for religions freedoms without Net Neutrality makes those freedoms meaningless by favoring only certain groups. Tax reform without Net Neutrality is hypocrisy, and bespeaks of an alliance only with the high-end status quo, and not our children, their children, and generations beyond. Moreover, the net is an international utility. Decisions such as Mr. Pai and his deep pocket cronies propose would put U.S. entrepreneurs at a significant disadvantage in competing globally. It is foolishness gone-to-seed.

      Terry from Madison, AL

    • I love the Internet for now I can find out how my family members are doing 2000 miles away. I can send emails to all my elected officials in minutes. What a marvelous innovation.

      Martha from Louisville, CO

    • I don't have free TV or cable company TV. I live in the country, even no cell coverage, living in a "dead zone". I depend on the net for cell service and TV. I agree with Chris Lewis: The end of net neutrality could also have ranging implications for consumers. Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, and a handful of other services may dominate the online video market, but without net neutrality, broadband providers might try to make it more expensive to access popular streaming sites in an attempt to keep customers paying for expensive television packages. "[Net neutrality] protects consumers from having the cost of internet go up because they have to pay for fast lane tolls," says Chris Lewis, vice president of the advocacy group Public Knowledge. Lewis also points out that there are a few other consumer friendly protections in the FCC's net neutrality rules. For example, the FCC rules require internet service providers to disclose information about the speed of their services, helping you find out whether you're getting your money's worth. They also force broadband providers to allow you to connect any device you like to your internet connection, so that your provider can't force you to use a specific type of WiFi router, or tell you which Internet of Things gadgets you can or can't use. And I agree with Evan Greer: "The Internet is as awesome and diverse as it is thanks to the basic guiding principle of net neutrality," says Evan Greer, campaign director for Fight for the Future, "Getting rid of Title II would lead to even more centralization, handing more power to the largest Internet companies while stifling competition and innovation. In a time when there are too few companies with too much power – we need net neutrality now more than ever."

      Johnny from Montpelier, ID

    • Keeping the internet free is important because the only friends I have are online. My sisters live in different states and even in another country and the internet is how I keep in contact with them. I am also an online student and I rely heavily upon the internet. I and my parents are low income and we cannot afford for the internet prices to sky rocket. We already have to use satellite internet which is set to a certain amount of Gigabytes per month which doesn't allow me to watch many videos or view pictures. I also like to be able to play online games with my sisters cause it's the only way we can spend time with each other since we live so far away from each other. We need better, cheaper internet instead of internet that is controlled by the amount of money one has. The internet needs to be improved instead of destroyed.

      Mary from Lyons, GA

    • I have been a university librarian for 25 years and for 16 years an online reference librarian for the U.S.-based largest such worldwide service, serving public library patrons and college students worldwide, and I know that students and people of all ages and needs depend on and need open, free and unimpeded access to useful and necessary knowledge and information. Anything that impedes such access makes us and our country poorer and stunts all kinds of growth and development, economic and intellectual. Internet 'slow lanes' and restricted access to all content would make it impossible for ordinary people to access useful and necessary knowledge and information. Telecom monopolies impede such access and make us and our country and the world poorer.

      Jonathan from Honolulu, HI

    • I use the internet regularly. I trust that net neutrality allows me equal access as others have. In the system proposed, I think that my equal use will be lost, unless I come up with a way to pay for "privileged" use. It is absolutely democratic to keep net neutrality.

      Robert from Fircrest, WA

    • I do believe that the Internet is an extension of "freedom of speech". Because, the internet has become a part of everyone's life in so many ways, as citizens of the world, it has opened up vast vistas for all. It is an important tool wherein we can become aware of all aspects of our planetary system and the populace therein.

      Elsie from Alfred Station, NY

    • We are retired and on Social Security. We can only use Comcast as there is no other broadband available to us. Comcast has a natural monopoly where our home is situated. It wouldn't be fair to allow broadband providers have 'fast lanes' for those who can pay for it. The Internet was designed to be open and it should stay that way.

      David from Glendora, NJ

    • As a non-profit leader, I rely on the Internet for prompt, reliable communications with my team and with partners. I also count on the Internet to provide me with a broad base of coverage on the issues that affect my life and the lives of my fellow Americans. More important than my motive is the well-being of the nation. The public good takes precedence over any private gain, especially in a tool created by public dollars. That why it is absolutely essential that the Internet - a communications tool created by our tax dollars - remain neutral to the content it provides. It is therefore imperative that any entity, public or private, who provides the gateway for this tool, honor the spirit of the public domain and not limit content according to their ideology or profit motive.

      Timothy from Narberth, PA

    • Hi, My name is Lynn. I live in a very remote area in a town of 500. Connecting with people is very challenging. My family is spread out all over the U.S. so being able to share photo moments with each other on Facebook has been wonderful. I am on a limited income so being able to fly to see family is not an option. The internet keeps me informed and I am learning so many new things on a daily basis. Being a senior citizen, it is nice that I don't have to drive far to communicate with people, take craft classes etc. I am also able to sell some of my belongings that I don't use any more and make a little extra pocket change for some extra goodies. I don't know what I would do without the internet. I use it more than watching tv. Thanks for your time.

      Lynn from Kingston, MI

    • I should be free to express myself, even if it's just to vent. I recently read something unjust, but I've been keeping it to myself, any longer though, and I may burst.

      Jessica from Skokie, IL

    • 10/11/17 I'm interested I WWII history but when I attempt to look up information about someone like Eichmann's sons I have to to Facebook. Facebook "kicked me off" their website when I changed my password for no reason. They demand A photo ID and other intrusive evidence that I mean "FB" no harm.. I have no "smart phone" to take a photo of my ID with. I am being "monitored" about what I see on the Internet. I'm a retired women who means no one any harm. Facebook has not responded to my repeated requests to restore my ability to be on it. I pay a lot of money to Comcast for the Internet and yet do not have full access to it. I'm thinking of finding a lawyer to sue.

      Jean from Portland, OR

    • Net neutrality is basically the principle that keeps the internet open. Without it, big cable companies will be able to slow down certain websites and pick winners and losers on the internet,”

      Frank from CHESTERTON, IN

    • The internet was basically my second world growing up. Being a bullied child, the internet was my escape from reality. An escape from the harshness of life, from all the garbage being thrown at me everyday by both my parents and my fellow classmates. Everyday, I would open a browser to watch my favorite Youtubers, listen to my favorite music or play my favorite games. It was the life away from my life. It eventually evolved into something that I could use to improve my life. The internet taught me about the world, showed me various realms of media from different sources great and small, and helped me mold my ethical code by letting me see the worst AND the best people I'll ever hear off. It was the book that never ran out of pages. It was the movie that never ended. It was the ultimate experience of my life. And now stuff like the TPP and the various "internet control" bills want to ruin it by destroying Net Neutrality. Now, the virtual roads that I used to get to my hobbies will now be reserved for the rich. The online libraries that I go to everyday will now be locked behind pay-walls. The friends that I know and love will now be taken away from me as the gate to our chatrooms will now be guarded by a giant metaphorical money vacuum that will suck my resources dry just by being there. Would you want to destroy my second world? I am sure I am not the only one that uses the internet like this. The internet we had used to be like this giant world that we unlocked. It was like we opened the doors of our virtual houses and met this virtual world and now it is in danger from the control of others who DON'T have our interests in mind. I am sure we don't have the cruelty to turn public roads into "pay to walk" routes, right? So why do it here?

      Miguel from San Antonio, TX

    • with9ut net neutrilty there is NO FREEDOM of Speech.... but tht's anti- American and fascist,, who will be in favor of that? If certin big business es have all the FSST lanes, how ill the little guy ever get started? many government offices are contacted through the interent and many banks send all info that way. person without ccess is stuck living i the early 20th century and will probably be unempployed becuse job openings re on the internet. Police reports and wether alerts also use the internet, and the smll press does not cter to politiocs and money-------FRESH IR news is necessary in a democratic republic, and do we still hve that? Local community events are on the internet, because many people do not like nor do they need facebook-----local is better in news and events and weather, and jobs, and actually, we need the fairness Doctrine back...By the wy Mr. Pai, some rural areas find accessing the internet to be very difficult, so WHY have you decided that CORPORYE is the only way? Wothout an equal polaying foeld nd access to information, we will be devolving back to the middle ages, and only a nation on the wat DOWN would do that, don't you think? Net neutrailty is AMERICA, and to hobble that is to be undermining your own nation. When that haens, People have a r=tendency to revolt----see france 1789. make America EQUAL again, and when you do that, you are a lot closer to finally making that "More Perfect Union." : )

      G from altadena, CA

    • In simple terms, many online businesses are run by working Moms so they have flexibility to spend time with their families and create an income for themselves. Having an equitable playing field, in which everyone has open availability to express themselves and promote their businesses is the exact definition of a free market.

      Erin from Northfield, OH

    • [Note: my Senators and my Representative are already very strong Net Neutrality supporters, and helped greatly when we first achieved our goal such a short time ago. I hope that my effort can find the eyes or ears of a “policymaker” who is unclear what is at stake, and whose heart is open to logical and factual persuasion. One can hope…] Speaking for myself as a disabled American, confined to bed most (95%) of the time, I would go stark raving mad without the current Internet, because of which I am able to serve as my little family's bookkeeper and bill-payer with relative ease and no additional expense. I have only disability income, and it is a strain to pay for access already, without any further increases that would surely come from monetizing this vital resource. Far more important than me and my wee family are those families trying to raise children during this great social adjustment to the critical role of the Internet. Kids are truly at a great disadvantage, in many ways, if their family cannot afford the costs. If we are serious as a country about getting our kids the best education, K–12, they MUST have access in the home to that amazing democratic tool of learning. I have many reasons for championing Net Neutrality, among which is that America badly needs to retain a model of actual democracy from which to re-learn how to perform as a Democracy. It is also a great economic model and an economic equalizer. The big boys don’t like that at all. Shall we preserve the Net as a paragon of equality and strong democracy? Shall we show our children also that people can be trusted to weed out the negative parts and lift up the best of the Internet? Because they can; they are doing it right now and always will. We all understand that the root desire behind the attempt to undo Net Neutrality is financially-motivated. The ISPs could niggle away at everyone with seemingly tiny fees that would provide them with enormous new wealth. This model is seen being perpetrated by the greedy all over the world. Corporations love to swoop down on someone else’s resource, onto something built with the sweat and heart of others, and they love to monetize the hell out of things in which that they don’t even have to invest. This is what the money forces want with our Internet. The Internet must remain a free and democratic tool for all. There are plenty of other opportunities for making money in America, and we know that the lion's share of any monetizing of the Internet will benefit only those entities that are already richer than they need to be; richer than any one ever should be. Like public lands and parks, the Internet should remain as a publicly held resource and utility. Free people created the Internet and gave it to all of us. Let free people continue to own it. Thank you.

      Chad from Portland, OR

    • Keeping the internet neuttAl will put you in the league of one of our most sacred institutions, the public school system. US businesses are lucky to be in this open access environment- let's keep it that way.

      Bridget from Saint Paul, MN

    • My name is Don , and I’m for the Austin m, TX area. Don’t let bandwidth become yet another lever for big corporations to pull to derive profits. They already have plenty of ways in which to satisfy their shareholders. KEEP THE PIPES OPEN AND FREE FOR ALL!

      Don from Bastrop, TX

    • I am disabled, severely ill, and very low income. The interent allows me to access information which is my Constitutional right. With this access, I can attend free courses online which help me in many ways. It is unthinkable and inhumane to take away or in any sense create obstacles to citizens gaining the information they need to stay alive!

      Kathleen from Oakland, CA

    • I work from home most days via VPN. Without net neutrality my connection to work could be throttled or even blocked. This would result in added costs for my employer and an inconvenience for me. Additionally, for work, I have to invest a lot of time researching. Without net neutrality, critical information could be inaccessible. Additionally, I use the internet to be informed on political issues including candidates up for election. Without net neutrality, ISPs can control information that prevents a fair perspective. Without net neutrality the entire voting system is held hostage by ISPs. This means if the ISP decides they don't want to support you, they can block access to any information about you as a candidate. Control of information critical to ensuring democracy cannot be allowed to happen. I use the internet to follow multiple news sources to get a comprehensive view of current events. Without net neutrality sources for news can be silenced by my ISP. I use the internet for a lot of my shopping. I decide where I shop. Without net neutrality, the free market can be harmed. The free market that helps to prevent monopolies by ensuring consumers have a choice. Any corporation seeking to change laws that preserve free speech and equal access to information should be viewed as an attack on our rights as US citizens. It's an attack on freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and our right to assemble.

      Jason from FARR WEST, UT

    • The internet is enormously important to me. I am disabled, and run a small business heavily dependent on internet access. Additionally, I am a senior and live alone, the internet maintains my connection with the world.

      Karen from Thousand Oaks, CA

    • I support net neutrality. I believe a open internet is part of the first amendment giving us freedom of speech. Should it change we could lose what the first amendment guarantees us, speech is not just talking, it's writing and reading too.

      Dhore from Round Rock, TX

    • My name is Austin Turner. I am an avid gamer and use the internet every day not just for gaming, but in my daily life as well. From games to messaging my friends to facebook to youtube and so much more that I could list. My daily life relies on the internet and it has become a part of who I am. I play games and use the internet every single day and if you get rid of net neutrality everything will change in terms of the internet. Please, keep net neutrality, there are so many people like me who use the internet on a daily basis. I remember back in high school, I was one of the first with a smart phone and browsing the internet on such a small device was amazing and still is. Now our world relies on being able to access the internet from anywhere we are. If you get rid of net neutrality think of what that would do to our country, ISPs could make it overly expensive for any of us to be able to afford the internet. I support a free internet for all, just like the United States is supposed to be the land of the free. Please, vote to keep net neutrality and a free internet for all in the land of the free.

      Austin from Findlay, OH

    • I believe a open internet is part of the first amendment giving us freedom of speech. Should it change we could lose what the first amendment guarantees us, speech is not just talking, it's writing and reading too.

      Kevin from Soldiers Grove, WI

    • Our democracy depends on the free and open exchange of ideas. By controlling bandwidth ISPs would be in control of what information would be suppressed and what information would be promoted. In other words, this would mean that the billionaire owners of ISPs like Comcast could control public perception and therefore the political process. This would make America an oligarchy no longer a democracy.

      Stephen from Mansfield, CT

    • We live in an adult retirement community.7,000 housing units, and at least 8,000 residents. The Board made a 10 year contract with COMCAST. Had we been told this, we never would have bought here. Comcast is a terrible run by computers and robots.We pay a good amount to Comcast ( at least that is what we are told) in our condo fee. We were never what was covered and not covered in this bulk contract, but, we can say,last year (we have been here since 2010) what was covered and what would be our responsibility. Many residents have received healthy refunds. Others just get a bill showing nothing due. We on the other hand have been trying to get our money back for a year. Not one penny has been refunded. We put the entire bill in dispute, and ask for an investigation. Many calls have been made to Comcast,but, the customer service humans can only do so much. We received a notice to pay our bill or they were going to cut us. We were told the other day we by a very nice customer service human, "those letters are computer generated and the cut offs are computed generated. And, the Customer Service cannot do anything, but, accept a payment!!!!! This young man, said he would waive the $5.99 fee to pay via phone, if I would pay what Comcast said is due on the bill, which would keep our service from being cut off. I guess his computer talks to the other computer. I asked him who I could speak to such as a Board Member, a top administrative person, to help us. He said "I am sorry I am not allowed to do that". He continued "I will probably get fired if I gave you that information" Of course all calls are recorded - so he was a bit terrified that he told me the truth. They have been charging us $9.95 since May of 2010 for piece of equipment,we did not want,and never asked for. That is a tidy sum of money....May 2010 to July of 2017 when they stopped billing us for this equipment! But have never refunded a penny for overcharging us all of those past years. That amount was included in our condo fee as part of the bulk contract. At this present time, we are only forced to get Comcast TV., not internet or telephone. So, we have internet and phone service, with Verizon,who we hear are a partner of Comcast on this net neutrality issue. If we cannot continue to have internet - there are many things we will no longer be able to shop (which we do on line, as we are disabled and cannot drive to malls, and walk long distances. We have no choice but to use the internet. We get a lot of our news from the Internet plus we belong to many groups who communicate with us via the internet. We pay some bills via the internet. We keep in touch with our adult children, and our grand children,via the internet. We pay our taxes and make contributions to non-profits via the internet. And, these mentioned items, are just the beginning. We are seniors. We live on a fixed income. The management and Comcast charge a larger fee every year. We will not use the internet or Comcast for our phone. But,our community management are working out a "deal" with Comcast to force us into a bulk contract for TV, phone, and found out that Comcast has contracts with all of the retirement homes, the assisted living a facilities, as well as nursing homes, and hospitals in our area.....They are raking in the money. Being elderly means nothing, being ill means nothing (assisted living) - thousands and thousands, probably billions, are forced into Comcast. Its a monopoly. Its un-American. For Comcast to take away what little enjoyment we have, as well as deprive us of shopping, etc...is down right wrong. Comcast needs to be put out of business. We know Verizon is bad too,but, at least they give us great discounts. Please stop all of this greed that will hurt billions .

      Chuck and Anne from Silver Spring, MD

    • I own a small, independent web development company that services small businesses. I have an increasing number of clients worried about whether or not their sites will be safe without net neutrality. As a result, I’m having to shut my doors as more and more small businesses are afraid for their own well being. A lack of security for online businesses means they aren’t willing to open. When they don’t open, the whole economy suffers.

      Kimberly from Steamboat Springs, CO

    • I graduated from high school in 1979.Whether it is of the airlines, the banks, or cable TV, deregulation has done nothing but make the lives of Americans worse, far worse. A well-connected few reap colossal rewards, while the rest of us suffer as we witness the downward spiral of our lives and standard of living.

      Debra from Bradford, RI

    • I use the internet to showcase the hardworking and talented artists here in Chicago. We would not be able to share the amazing comedy and art they're making without the internet.

      Kelly from Chicago, IL

    • We as a people will revolt against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC!

      Juan from edmonds, WA

    • As a 75-year-old woman of limited means, I depend on the net for news about arthritis research, heart health updates and cancer sympton reviews. Email is crucial to maintaining my social support network, a demonstrated key to longevity and good health. My research on the legitimacy of online offers and charity pleas are important to managing my finances. All these issues require

      Linda from South Hadley, MA

    • A free and open internet is one thing that separates us from a country like North Korea, where information and knowledge is limited. To make the internet closed is to send us spiraling towards dictatorship. to destroy net neutrality is to silence all voices. In order for a democracy to work, the people must be able to be heard.

      Sam from Robins, IA

    • If you don't ALREADY know, you ARE Brainwashed, braindead, illogical, robotic, all about Control, Hogging and MY MONEY. They should not even be able to vote let alone be in Politics and Law making etc.

      Dads from El Cajon, CA

    • If we lose net neutrality most people will get news from whatever news outlets have the most money to pay for their version of events to be streamed the fastest.

      Amanda from Shelton, WA

    • I chair a board of a large camp for all ages for retreats and learning and spiritual renewal. In order to keep the camp running efficiently and with warm hospitality takes a great deal of communication via the Internet among the widely scattered board and staff.

      Steven from East Wenatchee, WA

    • My small business would not be possible without a free and open internet. I built it from scratch, all by myself, with no money from anyone, and little money of my own, over many years I grew it. But, it would not have grown at all had my cheap little website not gotten equal footing on the internet, and been judged based on its character rather than on payola or cronyism like the mega monopolies would like to see happen. Conservatives don't like taxes, and neither do I, but Comcast being able to double and triple charge businesses for services that are fundamental to our modern society IS A TAX, albeit one levied by greedy corporations who are ok with strangling the economy as long as they get even more money out of it. And that's exactly what will happen if we lose Net Neutrality.

      Christopher from Minneapolis, MN

    • As the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of an online lifestyle magazine the internet is critical to what I do. The magazine is important to the readers and to the writers. Not having it available would be a significant loss to all.

      Barbara from Wilmette, IL

    • I look for news and history in round the world, even updates of sites too. I use Internet for long time, I only use my email to my family and friends too. I choose the Net Neutrality for a free speech, please leave the Net Neutrality alone !

      Melissa from Frankfort, KY

    • I go to the internet for information. I google for propagation techniques, information on native plant species, propagation techniques, activities of environmental non-profits, etc. It is extremely annoying to receive reams of webpages advertising "stuff", with limited to no connection to the topic I submitted. This has accelerated rapidly in the last 12 to 18 months. The 'net has evolved from a highly functional information retrieval system, a virtual Library, to an advertising rag. Can't the "greatest nation on earth" do better than this?

      Bill from Liberty, SC

    • I live in a rural area where affordable internet service is not available but like many others around my location we tolerate the slow and expensive satellite service because I like staying informed and ordering a few things online but if I loose net neutrality I'll drop the internet altogether. In China, government controls what you access online and without net neutrality we would have the same thing only with corporate control.

      James from Tennyson, IN

    • I use the internet every day. I research topics and find interesting things even on little sites. I don't want to lose the ability to search for things that are not "big business". The internet, like a library or knowledge in general, should belong freely to everyone.

      Heather from Krakow, WI

    • I get all of my news (various sources) on the internet in addition to looking up all manner of things. I am also already pretty disgusted with out government and corporate power. Am being radicalized by the interference of people and entities with power.

      Andrea from Portland, OR

    • I am required to do research for my job. I depend on the Internet for sources, many of which would not be able to buy into a fast lane if net neutrality were ended. The same applies to my ability to stay well informed and engaged--something that is only possible through and open internet where all site are treated equally. Please maintain net neutrality

      Laura from PASADENA, CA

    • The internet has become the landline telephone service of yore. It is by far the primary communications vehicle for conveying and receiving information today. Its free access and unfettered, un-manipulated content are essential for a vibrant democracy. Stripping net neutrality will turn the internet into a cable television model—a pay to play scenario where those with means receive and / or deliver access and content and those without stay without.

      Daryl from Englewood, CO

    • When cable first arrived at the apartment the cost was $11. Now Costs exceed $150 at my home in another suburb of Detroit. I opened a business account with Concast for internet only and the costs keep rising. Internet only now almost $80. So I switched to WOW at $40 each m for internet only each month. Now stuff is being screened so I do not get all my email. Even Google refuses to deliver all my email. Edited email is not the promice given the public when we aid to develop the internet technology. Where is the promiced broadband? My nice in Twining has super bad internet over phone line (which itself is super bad. Low signal, noo signal, intermittent signal. Glacial speeds, etc.) I need internet for my vidiography business. I am socially active in retirement and need access to net neutrality. Please protect the open internet. ISPs have no right to the defacto monopoly. Much government money has been misspent bot broadband is only a dream even in Michigan North of Bay City. I cut the chord and bought a Tivo for over the air tv with 1080p resolution.

      Carl from Ferndale, MI

    • We use the web to find how to everthing from emergency tractor repairs to broken belts on cars and clothes dyers. We use it to research health issues to avoid unnecesary doctor visits or harm from drug combinations. We use it for product info, orders for products especially for rural areas, and for helping family and friends in very rural areas with product and repair parts orders. We research, use it for enteryainment, family connections, emergency aid, and every kind of help in travel and family/friends' needs. We have rural friends/family who conew tact us for this kind of help with parts, info, and ordering because they may have rural phones but no web access. If they also had web access, I think it would improve quality of life and make home and farm purchases easier and keep up with modern needs.

      M from Leavenworth, KS

    • The internet is more than just a place to send emails through and to look at pictures. The internet is a way to share scientific data and ideas. Its a way for us as a people to progress past what we are right now and a way to use that progress to further understand the world. Not only with science but with art and literature and music. People across America and the world to connect to share ideas in an unprecedented way. Without a neutral net none of this can happen in a way that is beneficial and will slow the human condition to a crawl and take us into a possible "dark age" where the methods to share and understand are so close but also too far away. Science without a neutral net isn't accurate just like every scientific entity that is not unbiased.

      Philip from Ft Mitchell, KY

    • I do not want to be told what I can and cannot search

      Barry from Bluffton, SC

    • I was a history major in college and not qualified to teach. I didn't really have a career when I got married, and my husband and I agreed that I'd stay home with my daughter after she was born. When she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and ADD, she was visiting therapists and doctors several times a month. I couldn't get a job that would allow me to take time off to take her for her appointments. I ended up doing web design from home, and it's the only thing I could do and get paid because it's next to impossible to find a job when you're a woman over 40 and don't have a consistent work history. I'm now 55, divorced and for 3 of the last 5 years I was caring for my mother at home after my father died. Without the internet and the ability to work from home, I would not have had any earned income in the last 20 years because I chose to be my family's caregiver. Right now, I can barely afford to pay Comcast. The services, number of channels, let alone the internet speed has not changed in the last 5 years, but they are charging me $200 a month - double what it was. But other than borrowing books and DVDs from the library, television and the internet are the only things we have for entertainment, let alone my only source of income.

      Roberta from Lancaster, PA

    • The Internet belongs to the Commons. It's built on a publically-funded infrastructure to facilitate the expressed mandate of our constitutionally guaranteed inalienable right of liberty which is impossible possible without our constitutionally protected right of free speech. It does not exist nor should it ever exist to benefit any one of us at the exclusion of any other. The proposed tiered delivery services would benefit a few while creating inequality for the rest of us. As our Government's policy makers, are you not compelled to defend us against these corporate threats to our civil rights?

      Jack from Studio City, CA

    • I use the internet for a lot of thing. I use it to play online games, browse video-streaming sites like Youtube, use it to browse shopping sites like Amazon and Walmart, and to stay in touch with my friends on social media. Take away Net Neutrality, and where does all the free stuff like Facebook go? In the trash, as they will be slowed down and forced to pay a pretty penny to stay online. It doesn't affect just only the websites I listed either, online cloud storage sites like Google Drive, or Dropbox are also affected. The people are well aware of what FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is doing, despite the Chairmans' best efforts to mask his plans, his plan to kill Net Neutrality harms everyone, not just poor consumers, or anyone who uses the internet. If Net Neutrality is lost, our data is also at risk, as our speeds will be obliterated to the lowest possible speeds, while the prices we pay skyrocket. Do not allow the death of Net Neutrality.

      Johnny from Menominee, MI

    • Over the years I have marveled at many opportunities that have come about only because the internet existed and access was available to anyone who could find a way to connect. I watches as a tiny co-op of bookstore owners interested in trading and selling of rare and out of print books grew into what we now know as Amazon. I watched as a small startup business called Netflix grew to be what it has become today, and my personal life in enriched by both of these companies. They have become part of my daily life in many ways. When we decided to homeschool our son the internet was invaluable to gathering lessons and instructional material for him. His school had become rough and full of drugs so we opted for another choice. He is now nearly 30 years old, and is a very well balanced and successful man who attended the college of his choice and has managed to stay drug free. None of this would have happened had the internet not been available and free of regulation by companies who would control what you can and can not see on their serivce.

      Jane from Acworth, GA

    • The internet to me in this great country is a staple of free speech and freedoms alltogether when we remove net nuetrality we become no better than north korea. North korea doesnt allpw its citizens to have internet all together but net nuetrality keeps the big corporations from monopolizing on free speech

      Braden from Las Vegas, NV

    • If you think I will go watching mainstream news media because Net Neutrality is destroyed, then I got some desert land to sell you in Minnesota.

      Randall from Wadena, MN

    • Pricing for internet service must be affordable. The "air waves" used to belong to the public - not corporations. All Americans need access. The FFC was created to protect our rights & ownership! Broadcasters should pay for their use of our air waves. They make huge earnings from their shows and sponsors. Cable & Internet company fees are outrageous! We pay for what the Public was supposed to Own! Free access for All Americans! Open to all -

      Doug from Otis Orchards, WA

    • I live in a rural area that has frequent tornado warnings. My friends, neighbors and family rely on Facebook and other social media outlets to communicate/verify safety. One particular day a tornado had passed and all ways home had been blocked off by downed trees and power lines. I was able to check on my friends and neighbors quickly to make sure they were safe, let my coworkers know I was safe and to secure a place to stay. I realize I can call or text, but it is so much easier to get a message out in mass through social media. I mean, that is why it was created.

      Rebekah from Bessemer, AL

    • I am elderly and don't watch much TV except PBS and find much more information on line, at websites I trust. It gives me a wider choice of viewpoints than I would otherwise have. I have access to reliable health developments--diet information and recipes--historical facts, literary news and book suggestion. I am a better citizen with internet access. I find it appalling that the present Federal Communations head doesn't look upon the internet as a public utility. One has only to know his background to realize why. Perhaps that's why he is so anxious to remove net neutrality.

      Pat from Charlotte, NC

    • Control the media - Control your the minds - Do you get that or you just pretend you don't.

      Carlos from Vero Beach, FL

    • I do internet marketing for small, local businesses like plumbers, roofers, flooring companies, dentists, lawyers, and masons. If the IP providers are allowed to put the hand in the pocket of these local businesses you are going to really upset a group of small business people that are essential to the US economy. I know the IPs say they will "never do that". Of course they want to put their hand in the pocket of small business and there are a million ways to do it. Some straight forward ways like directly slowing down websites that don't use certain providers. For example Verizon could give priority to business that appear in YP.com and speed up that content. YP.com pays Verizon to speed up its content. The internet is working great. Don't hurt the little guy by letting these mega-companies roll over everyone. Please represent and defend the small businesses that operate in your district.

      Tom from Saunderstown, RI

    • I telecommute for two jobs, at least 2 or more days a week. I am working for the Dept. Human Services and rely on efficient internet connectivity to be productive at home. I also am a drilling Army reservist who also telecommutes from home doing Army business from home. I simply need the current service I have to keep on being available as it is to remain productive and efficient. I already have my ISP threatening to charge more for my data usage as it's exceeding their arbitrary usage cap that is purely being put in place to squeeze a little more money from me for providing a service they already fail to provide adequately and consistently. Their speeds are at best HALF of what they promise (and charge for) but then to also threaten to charge extra fees for usage which doesn't affect other users is greedy.

      J from Oklahoma City, OK

    • Having a free internet is important to me on several levels. 1) There is already a huge amount of money being made from the Internet, so I think that companies pushing for more control of the finances of the Internet are wrong in their position. I own Comcast stock and I am considering selling it so that I don't have an association with them.

      Anne from Nacogdoches, TX

    • We broadcast The Enviro Show on two low power FM radio frequencies in Western Massachusetts but we have listeners statewide, nationally and across the globe. We would never reach the audience we have without Net Neutrality and all those listeners would never get the kind of diverse environmental news and views we offer.

      Don from Leverett, MA

    • We need an internet access that is available for all Americans regardless of their socio-economic status. Our politicians in Congress have become so complacent and corrupt. If nothing else we need ALL Americans to have a political voice on the internet. Our democracy depends on internet neutrality and I for one will not stop fighting for it!

      Eileen from Shelby, NC

    • As an artist and activist, I rely on the open internet for doing research and finding information as well as connecting to others. This allows me to bring the work I make out into the community in electronic form as well as art shows and exhibits that engage my audience and bring awareness of environmental issues. The need for a free and unfettered internet is the key to bridging social inequities and giving access to information for all classes of citizens. Net neutrality must be protected at all costs.

      Linda from New York, NY

    • I lived in an apartment building in downtown Los Angeles when I was younger. I was only offered one internet service provider or no internet at all. I HAD to pay the exorbitant cost, because I had no choice, only the illusion of choice: Internet (that's not reliable and expensive) or No Internet, because Time Warner cut a deal with my building NOT me. Time Warner paid my building everytime a tenant signed up for their internet. That a mob tactic. There's no competition. There's no customer service. They outsource their customer service (this doesn't create jobs, only higher profit margins, and more difficulty for any startup to compete). This was the work of the monopoly, Time Warner (now Spectrum, because the former name inspired such loathing). A clever rebrand and awful tactics MUST STOP NOW. It's not just Time Warner. Verizon, AT&T, and more are guilty of this heinous behavior as well. The people aren't stupid.

      David from Los Angeles, CA

    • An open and neutrally managed internet is vital to our economy, our news, our press, and our political discourse. It would not be right if Verizon or Comcast could restrict speech related to them, their competitors, or about political parties or candidates.

      Major from Collegeville, PA

    • I was thinking the other day that the Internet performs for me the role of village elder, where you go for advice when you don't know how to carry on. Of course you have to evaluate and know your source of wisdom, but the surfing software has gotten pretty good at marginalizing unreliable sources (at least where politics is not concerned!). When I have health questions, I head for the Mayo Clinic and know they have a solid reputation. I don't expect to act on all the information they provide, but it gives me a good grounding for a middle zone from which to chart my own answers. Like this land, the internet belongs to you and me, and we both need it equally to attend to our business. Maybe you bank there, maybe I apply for a job there, evaluate contractors or do comparison shopping. I get my recipes, some of my news, look up the spelling of words, get help with translations (my profession), share some of the knowledge I've accumulated over a lifetime, get inspired by others who face my dilemmas, and in general stanch the pouring loneliness of 21st century society. The Net belongs to all those who have created it and who use it daily. It has come to fill our basic needs in the same way that local streams provide water to our communities. It’s a living being whose existence is dependent on the nourishment and interactions of our various energies; to make some more connected than others would destroy its intrinsic value and integrity.

      Jane from Austin, TX

    • I am a small business owner who operates on a shoestring and depends on a free and open internet to market my work and communicate with clients. I also depend onMy primary way of who depends on a free and open internet to market my work and stay engaged with my clients and prospective clients. I use the internet to communicate with colleagues, to connect with farflung family, for learning about my field and for staying engaged in current events. A free and open internet is essential for a democracy to function in this era. No person or company should have control over access or speeds.

      Susan from CORVALLIS, OR

    • During the 9 years (2006/2015) my wife and I lived in Mexico. It was our first retirement adventure and it was a great experience. While there up in the central highlands between Guadaljara and Mexico City were foreigners in a different culture. We taught English and I improved my poor Spanish. During those 9 years we did not miss out on voting in a single election in the state of Oregon where our home had been. I don't understand how a state could prevent it's citizens from voting but other states do just that. By using the internet we stayed in touch and up to date on all the local hubbub from Portland. I wish all states had a woman governor who had been the Secretary of State and so as governor our voting laws just got better and better. Nyah Nyah to all of you with dumpy men governors!

      Paul from Pittsburgh, PA

    • The internet is a prime or sole source of news for many and the number is increasing. If neutrality id lost, the user gets what they pay for. They may get a "version" or the news. Is adulterated? Skewd? Worse yet, is it "fake news?" I'm an IT professional. With buy-outs, mergers etc. it seems like I'm always in a job search. I've been laid off 3 times since 2004. Twice since 2014. What's the difference in the leads on job boards for those on the bottom tier with those on top? Everyone deserves ths same information. It's hard enough over 55. There is a very real "white hair" ceiling. 55 weeks between IT jobs doesn't lie. I'm good. LEAVE THE INTERNET ALONE!

      Keith from Fairfield, CT

    • As an old retired guy - I'm 85 - I have become dependent on the internet for vital functions (as well as social interactions). I consult my banking and investment accounts daily; I order important items for delivery to my door when it is difficult to shop for them; I carry out social contacts all over the world with old friends and family that I can no longer meet in person; getting world and local news is an important aspect of my staying up on changes in taxes, retirement laws, medical info and health care needs, etc. Information needs such as these are vital to my existence and to suffer long delays from the revocation of net neutrality would be a serious blow to carry on life's important affairs. I'm sure that many others would find their existence severely impacted by the absence of net neutrality. This campaign to keep net neutrality is vital to many millions of us!

      Joseph from san pablo, CA

    • My children and grandchildren are smarter because of a speedy internet. Going BACKWARDS to the internet speed of the old days is not a good idea for the country. Access to information is needed for our successful future. Even Youtube, which may be considered a heavy data user, has been invaluable thanks to their growing library of educational and how-to videos. The internet is a utility that belongs to everyone - not just those who can afford faster speeds. Please save the internet! Thank you.

      Roger from Petaluma, CA

    • Look, I'm young, so I don't need the internet to run my business or podcasts or anything like that, but if we lose net neutrality, then there will be no way for me to know what is really happening in the world. I'll be forced to become an ignorant sheep like all the other liberal millenials who receive their news from Buzzfeed. Plus, I will be unable to share my own political views online. So, please, on behalf on all those like me, conservative teenagers that rely on net neutrality for news and finding those who agree with us, protect our freedom of information. Protect net neutrality.

      Abby from Cumming, GA

    • I depend on internet for quick updates and interactions such as petitions. A slowed internet would critically interfere with my activities on line.

      G from Homer, AK

    • The internet is very important. And Net Neutrality is very important as well.

      Robert from Fowler, CA

    • To me the internet is as important as electricity, running water and all modern services, the poor, disabled, and children need the internet.

      Roger from Garner, NC

    • I manage a small time business operation via the internet. It gives me some needed income beyond my social security. The public is accustomed to free access to information. Putting it in the hands of corporations would probably cause me to drop my website because I just don't make enough to pay those corporations predictably hefty fees. From my point of view, free speech and relatively free access to the internet is a right that we, the American people should have as "freedom of speech". If the huge corporate bodies have a right to freedom of speech via Citizens United (Supreme Court decision of 2010), then the public deserves the right to free speech via the internet.

      Vivian from Charlotte, NC

    • I design and develop advanced services for the home. A neutral network allows my startups to develop, test, and sell these services without having to build a seperate network to support them. Imagine if Facebook had to obtain permission from Comcast/Verizon before offering their services to the public. The FCC has forgotten that it was a neutral network that spurred the innovation bubble of the last twenty-five years. If carriers are allowed to degrade information transport at will, it will choke off innovation in the US (but not in other countries).

      John from Acton, MA

    • The Internet gave us freedom and happiness that we need Net Neutrality to be safe and protect. It is important to all of us including people who has job for the internet, people who has families from far away homes have the ability to see each other in the internet, and of course most important of all freedom of speech and happiness. Please save Net Neutrality. Thank you.

      Josue from Missouri City, TX

    • I look to the internet for research information on horticulture.

      Anna from Glen Ellyn, IL

    • Having worked for major tech companies SGI and Seagate, I was an internet user in the 1980’s, before the world wide web came into existence as we know it today. Now my own business requires the internet for its success. Destroying Net Neutrality will kill my and many, many other small businesses. There will be no way to compete in a pay to play scenario. Congress, please stop the attempts to let big corporate profits come before we, the people.

      Jeff from Easton, CT

    • As a software engineer, many services that I use to learn (Youtube), practice what I learned (Github, DigitalOcean) and more are made possible not because they are backed by large corporations but because they are reachable via this open Internet medium. Please do not restrict what made the world today possible

      Shashank from Pittsburgh, PA

    • I rely on many small websites and journals that could be put out of business if Comcast begins to charge them money to offer their content. Net Neutrality regulations prevents Comcast from doing that. Also, I would not want Comcast to favor programming by NBC Universal that they own over other content that I may want to watch. If AT&T and Comcast do not intend to do things that would violate the principals of Net Neutrality, they should have no problem leaving the current net neutrality rules in place and should have no reason to want to reclassify broadband as an information service. The current situation uses "forbearance" to prevent the FCC from using "heavy handed" regulation against providers of broadband. However, there is a threat that if broadband providers violate the principals of net neutrality or raise prices by huge exhorbitant amounts, The FCC would have the power to change the rules and lift forebearance selectively to enable the FCC to maintain Net Neutrality. If broadband is changed to be an unregulated information service the broadband providers would have unlimited unregulated powers to do anything they want. If broadband providers have some dark nefarious plan in mind, they would NOT want broadband to be able to be regulated as a telephone service. Please maintain the current net neutrality laws as they are. Thank you. Michael2pierceatgmail.com

      Michael from San Francisco, CA

    • A free and open internet is essential to maintaining our American ideals of free capitalism and the idea that anyone can be anything. From a mom who makes chic diaper bag in her spare time and sells them on her website, to teenagers learning to code and create new things that are essential to new growth. Please don't stifle our freedom!!

      Patricia

    • The Net is a necessity for millions of people, it gives the elderly the opportunity to stay informed with what's going on around the U.S and the world, the handicapped, the shut-ins need this without undue extra costs, we all need it.

      Kevin from Dubuque, IA

    • right now the internet is affordable for someone on social security and it allows me the ability to pick and choose to read all kinds of news information and make my own decisions -- if net neutrality is taken away then all I'll be left with is GOP nazi propaganda and never find the truth.

      Donnasue from san andreas, CA

    • I own and operate a local business. I also work for a software company. Many facets of my jobs rely heavily on my ability to access the internet. As an American citizen, I believe I have the right to access any and all websites without regard to content. To impede or limit my access to the internet is to limit my freedom of speech.

      Edgar from Madison, WI

    • I used the Internet to do my business on socializing like websites on FB and few other websites.

      Micki from Sapulpa, OK

    • The internet is important to my career. It allows me to stay in touch with colleagues all over the world. Without the internet I would not be able to be as engaged in my field because I am a father of 2 children and very active in their lives. I also rely on the internet to entertain and inform my family. It has been much easier to allow my children to watch content that is appropriate for their ages with an open internet. An open internet also allows me to access public news, which is the source of my information on current events. For me, the internet is the public square, the place where people can safely gather and exchange ideas. If net neutrality is taken away, it will be destroyed. I think in this case it will be monetized by the large corporations. They won't be hiring new people for this, they will automate it. So I think net neutrality safe guards use of the internet as a utility for entrepreneurs, citizens, and families that allows engagement across social divides. I think Net Neutrality is a good thing to protect.

      Tim from Plano, TX

    • I do not want media giants deciding what is most important for me to view, know, see. Leave the net open to all.

      Priscilla from Laurel, MT

    • I work for a virtual business. My internet access provides the backbone for the work I do, and is necessary for the proper functioning of my business. Jeopardizing equal internet access -- something which was developed with PUBLIC FUNDS -- is unfair, unethical, and wrong. Undoing Net Neutrality will have massive negative consequences for all areas of American society and business. Sure, a few ISPs will profit obscenely. But the majority of the American public and business populace will suffer. I believe firmly that we will also see further reductions and restrictions of information and new access.

      Jon from New York, NY

    • I need a free and unfettered Internet to have the most competitive business possible. The Internet is critical to our communications with customers around the world. Giving equal access to all people and companies in the US helps keep everyone competitive, and brings in more tax revenue.

      Michael from Atlanta, GA

    • I'm a struggling stay at home mom who is currently building an online business to support my family. This opportunity is extremely important to my wellbeing and that of my family. This kind of opportunity--work from home and make a livable income--only exists on the internet. To take away net neutrality would cripple my business and possibly permanently resign my family to poverty.

      Stephanie from Alhambra, CA

    • Comcast pricing - I subscribe to Comcast for internet access. The company has a monopoly where I live and I cannot get another service. Comcast has steadily raised prices for the basic service I use. They also add "service increases" regularly though I do not us other services, or request them. Comcast service is good, as is its return for investors. If this company is permitted it will differentiate my service from others who pay more. In my estimation such a practice would completely overturn the intent and ability of the internet to allow greater exchange of ideas. It would be both anti-democratic and anti-progress - two "antis" we can ill afford in times of great and rapid change.

      Stan from Mercer Island, WA

    • I write non-fiction books and rely on the internet to do research and also to do marketing. It is critical for my business and is also how I stay in touch with my family and friends. We need net neutrality!

      Janet from Candler, NC

    • the open internet has been a continuous education and professionally required way to stay abreast of my industry change, essentially remain employed, and once employed deliver a product of software created, modified, restored, or otherwise maintained

      Phillip from Memphis, TN

    • My wife & I own/operate a small coffee shop. We rely on the internet for the shop. As well I am working on my masters. Without the internet (as it currently stands) I would never be able to come home. I would never get any legitimate research done.

      Caleb from Hubbard, IA

    • My wife run a small Bed and Breakfast and are able to compete in the global marketplace with Hilton, Hyatt etc because of Net Neutrality. We, the citizens deserve the same opportunities as the big corporations. You have the power to keep it that way or sell out. Choose with your conscience.

      Peter from Kingston, NY

    • I rely on the full and open internet for access to a broad variety of information and research. To limit and control my access would be to limit my freedom and my "pursuit of happiness". It is thus an infringement on our rights.

      William from Philadelphia, PA

    • Our tax dollars and a lot of them went into the development of the internet I just don't see giving it away now to private businesses who will restrict our use and have us paying again for what we already paid for in its development.

      sally from Palm Harbor, FL

    • I would lose my ability to stay informed of late breaking news stories on the internet.

      William from Severna Park, MD

    • The internet changed my life.

      Andrew from Atlanta, GA

    • I use the internet not only to stay informed, but to entertain myself and to learn about different global cultures.

      Chris from Oxford, PA

    • In a global world where businesses are connected and intertwined I see no grounds why net neutrality shouldn't be accepted, too. In a century where the word "post-factual age" gains more and more meaning it'd be a clear step back in connection with getting information on your fingertips with one click. Sure, there can be "fake news" and wrong misinformation, too. But if net neutrality is taken away once, there would be no other source to search for information. Moreover, according to human, everyone has the right to education. So, if net neutrality disappears human rights are also hurt, too.

      Lindsey from Charlotte, NC

    • As a university student I rely on the full and open internet for access to a broad variety of information and research. As an anthropologist the culture which evolves freely and with unprecedented speed on the neutral net is of great interest to myself and my peers, to limit this would be to limit our evolution and our investigation into the human condition.

      Delta from Bellingham, WA

    • BECAUSE I TRULY BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD MUST ALWAYS HAVE ACCESS TO A SAFE, FREE INTERNET FOR AS LONG AS THEY LIVE FOR ALWAYS!!! (AS LONG AS OF COURSE, PEOPLE ACCESSING THE INTERNET DON'T USE IT FOR CRIMINAL PURPOSES, GOD-FORBID A MILLION, TRILLION, ZILLION TIMES)!!!

      Joyce from brooklyn, NY

    • I own a small business. Our primary form of advertising is our website and other online marketing. We are running this business on a shoestring, thanks to the terrible economy. If our website that we have worked so hard on to get to the top of search engine results suddenly became invisible, our business would go under. Also, I rely on the internet to be informed of political and environmental issues. It is very important to me that I am able to access all websites and not the ones that some big corporation wants me to see. If that happened, I would stop using the internet for news altogether because it would be completely unreliable and slanted.

      Sheryl from Sedona, AZ

    • I use the internet not only to stay informed about current events and to stay Politically engaged I also use a lot of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu among others that provide our entertainment in our house since cable TV is too expensive for us. We only have Internet access in our house along with an Over the Air Antenna for local programming. Losing net neutrality is going to make it harder for people like me who are barely getting by. Please make it illegal for these internet service providers to have Monopolies and Data Caps an Open internet does best with healthy Competition and how about we also invest in the infrastructure that brings the internet into our homes.

      Jason from Belleville, MI

    • Net Neutrality makes it possible for me to make my opinion known to those who can hear and act to implement it.

      Mary from La Crosse, WI

    • Keep the internet free and useful.

      Alan from winston-salem, NC

    • If net-neutrality goes under it is likely that hundreds of thousands of self-employed creators, musicians, makers, and speakers will lose their lively-hood. Likewise my career as a singer/musician, spray-paint-art, and film-maker would be limited to word of mouth and in my 27 years of life I have only just now begun to get a hold on living off my talent and inspiring others with it. I need things to stay the way they are for my well-being because my mentality is not supported by the government or medical societies but the general public understand how I operate and they love the way I do. We should be bringing people together further, not pushing parts of ourselves apart. Thank you for your time.

      Thomas from Bossier City, LA

    • Free Speech , even if I hate it sometimes , Truck Fump .

      James from Munster, IN

    • As I work hard at 2 low paying jobs to support myself and pay off student loans, I rely on an internet connection to stay up to date on politics and world news. I can't afford cable television services, so the internet is the only way for me to stay involved. Like most working class people, I need access to the internet to email my work and to view my schedule and receive paychecks. Slowing down or limiting my internet access would make my life much harder, and would only benefit large companies. Please keep in mind that there is limited competition among service providers depending on where you live, especially if you life in apartments, so the free market is not able to work as it should and consumers are not able to make choices that will give them the best internet access. Internet use is a necessity for modern Americans to live and work, and I urge you to think of this when voting on net neutrality.

      Carly from Fort Worth, TX

    • The internet was created to be an equal communication vehicle for everyone. No person or company should have control of speeds or accessibility.

      Audette from Sarasota, FL

    • I need to be able to rely on news from sources that I choose to view and not have my search be directed in a biased manner. How can we have an honest view of our world if there are outside influences on our information gathering? This should be a priority before the interests of profit.

      H from Seattle, WA

    • I don’t have a story, but I do have a strong opinion. I stay informed about current events and have easy access to people who are making decisions for us.

      Shirley from Saint Paul, MN

    • As an Internet user (who uses it for my sole-proprietor online business and for online education as an instructor) who believes strongly in the importance of a free and open Internet to advance both business, commerce, technology, innovation, and education. Based on this, I urge the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service, and save Net Neutrality. It's my understanding that the FCC Chairman intends to reverse net neutrality rules and put big Internet Service Providers in charge of the internet. I am firmly against this action. I believe that these ISPs will operate solely in their own interests and not in the interests of what is best for the American public. In the past 10 years, broadband companies have been guilty of: deliberately throttling internet traffic, squeezing customers with arbitrary data caps, misleading consumers about the meaning of “unlimited” internet, giving privileged treatment to companies they own, strong-arming cities to prevent them from giving their residents high-speed internet, and avoiding real competition at all costs. Consumers, small businesses, and all Americans deserve an open internet. So to restate my position: I am against the chairman's plan to reverse the net neutrality rules. I believe doing so will destroy a vital engine for innovation, growth, and communication. In addition, the FCC should reject the proposed rules that would allow Internet service providers to divide the Internet into fast lanes for wealthy corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us. It's 100% SOLELY pro-business, pro-corporation, pro-greed, and 100% COMPLETELY anti-consumer, anti-people, and anti-innovation. Thank you for your time.

      Montez from San Antonio, TX

    • I work from a home office for a large US employer. The internet is required for me to do my job. Without adequate band width I cannot be productive. I also use the internet for personal use, email etc. to stay informed and connected to friends and family.

      Nancy from Prole, IA

    • I use the internet to tell the stories of people whose stories would otherwise go untold. Just yesterday, upon publishing one of those stories, I once again had the peerlessly rewarding experience of watching people on various social networks congratulate the subject of my story on getting a mention in the media. As a feature writer and editor for the online sports-and-culture magazine, Pucks and Recreation, I search for unique human-interest angles, reach out to prospective interviewees, then publish and promote their stories for the world to see. Net neutrality is imperative for me and my colleagues to get our work done and maximize our outreach to prospective readers. Like so many others in so many fields, we should be able to keep showcasing our talents, entertaining our audience and generating lively, enriching discussions without undue inhibition. By keeping a level playing field on the internet as it is right now, you will allow us to do just that and earn a legitimate living in the process. The customers, not the cable companies, should determine our success.

      Al from Durham, NC

    • My issue is that my IPS started censoring my out going emails to my recipients claiming they were spam. The problem is, they were being rejected by the spam filter not because of the number of recipients but because of their content. When I complained I was told that there was nothing they could/would do because "that is just how our filter works". BTW, these emails were political in nature and the ones being rejected just happened to have links for "donations". It angered me that I was "receiving" up to 10 of the emails daily, but was unable to "send or forward" any of them myself. I have always believed this to be a "First Amendment" rights issue!

      Jack from Newark, DE

    • Access to information, unfiltered by the economic interests of large corporations, is vital to the continuing freedom of our democracy. It is also a crucial avenue for education and research.

      Billie from Sioux Falls, SD

    • I'm not interested in web-based games, commerce, or rumoring. I do however want to be able to research in a timely way, and that means i need net neutrality!

      Kevin from white river jct, VT

    • The Internet is my rural connection to the rest of the world. It's important on a level I struggle to articulate. I'm frankly outraged that it's been threatened at all. How dare anyone presume free information should be put at a premium for profit?

      Anna from Gaston, OR

    • My internet is the only thing I have. I don't have cable or a landline phone. The internet is the only way I stay connected to customers, family, and friends. I do have a cellphone but I use the internet way more. I also team up with friends to play games online with them. We get up to 10 people in chat playing games or just talking. Getting rid of Net Neutrality and having the internet become more expensive than what I am paying now would make it impossible for me to do what I do online right now. I would have to convince my friends to get rid of there cable so we could go in together and pay for the internet so we could keep enjoying the internet the way we do now. People will pick the internet over having cable or a land line phone if they do still have it which means less cable customers and if people link up for internet like I would then the companies would also get less customers paying for internet than they do right now.

      John from Philadelphia, PA

    • Please defend our right to use the internet freely. It should not be reduced to a classist commodity like much of the rest of our society has been. Information should be free, the private companies who own the cable make enough money on it.

      Paul from Worcester, MA

    • I use the internet to do research on places that we have gone to on cruises and for other obscure bits of information. Removing net neutrality will make those searches take far longer and, in some cases, require me to pay for access to sites that are currently free. I also use it to look up information on contractors and repair facilities - that can and will be curtailed under the new regulations making those decisions more of a crap shoot.

      Gavi from LARGO, FL

    • I have an older computer with dial-up internet service which I mainly use for email, something my business as a writer depends on. Service however has been getting worse and worse, taking longer and longer just to download a simple, no-frills email message, not to mention sending or receiving attachments. I compensate by using a much faster computer service at the public library but it seems wrong that I should have to, that an internet service I've had on my home computer is being taken from me and, as I understand it, without even a promise of equal access, it will most likely get even worse. So it looks like I've been put in the "slow lane" already and any deterioration of that will mean that I might as well quit working from home altogether.

      James from Bloomington, IN

    • I'm a DIY musician. Entrepreneurs, like myself have been able to make a living at our craft due to internet exposure. To limit our access, or the access of our potential customers, will make it nearly impossible to compete in the marketplace. Not to mention the increased costs of doing business will price many of us out of the industry. Save small business. Save Net Neutrality. Thank you.

      John from York, PA

    • It is essential for ALL of us to have EQUAL ACCESS to news and information. 1. We cannot be INFORMED CITIZENS if some of us get news more SLOWLY. 2. There must be NO FILTERS imposed that skews our Google or Bing SEARCHES when displaying the news or information we request (manipulating our access).

      M from brooklyn, NY

    • I have been a web designer for 25 years and in this time all the innovation has come from the companies who have leveraged a level playing field in terms of access to the internet. This is the fundamental state of the internet. That all data packets are treated equally and none are favored over another. The telecoms have done NO innovation in this time. When you even consider video conferencing which would be a natural extention of the phone -- it was a startup called Skype that brought that to the people. Skype, Netflix, Amazon, Uber -- these innovative companies exist only because of Net Neutrality. It is idiotic to take that principle away and think that the innovation that has driven the economy for the past 25 years will somehow continue to thrive and move the economy. I work at a University now that highlights innovation and entrepreneurship as part of it's core offerings and all the great ideas that are yet to come will be permanently stifled if the principles of Net Neutrality are ruined by Ajit Pai and the FCC. I cannot fathom how a country which prides itself on innovation and technical ability would manage to keep it's momentum without it.

      Eric from west wawrick, RI

    • I am an artist who has yet to make his break into the real world market. All of my income from my art comes from the internet as of right now. Net Neutrality is important to me personally because of this because it lets me be sure that my website I operate from has a fair chance to be found via search engine or other means, and isn’t miserably slowed down to be unusable or outright blocked for some reason by an ISP somewhere. If any of these things were to happen, I would be forced to stick to real world art galleries, and that would be less lucrative if I don’t have backing from the internet. My work is fairly niche and requires enthusiasm from a devoted following to thrive, which I have thankfully found. I do not believe I would find this in the real world, which I planned on using as little more than local exposure. Apart from my side business as an artist I am a heavy user of the internet for personal use, and it should remain my decision what I consume online just as it is my decision what I may consume offline. Whether that be news, television, movies, video games, art, whatever I feel like at the time.

      Matt from Omaha, NE

    • I need the internet to stay in touch with my doctors, test results and job hunt.

      MaryAnn from Wayne, PA

    • You allow service providers to decrease our service rates and then the providers want to sell us more speed so we can do same work we did before at a higher cost The FCC seems to be rigging the "system" so that only the service providers win. Your actions are not what the people need!

      Douglas from Bryan, TX

    • I am a dual US/Israeli citizen. I am actively engaged with many nonprofit civil-society organizations, as I feel a strong need to participate in protecting our environment, protecting the rights of animals and wildlife, preventing war, and promoting justice and equality.

      Kenneth from Salem, NH

    • Living in an isolated rural area, the internet has mattered tremendously to me. Friends and neighbors live far from each other and communication depends on the internet. I stay in touch with family and friends through Facebook and other social media. I get news through internet hookups as we have no newspaper. I hope the fast-moving internet remains available for us here in rural New Mexico as it is our only connection to each other and to the wider world. In addition, shopping is difficult when the nearest shopping place is 130 miles away. We depend on the internet to do our major shopping (except groceries) and could not manage without it. The hardship that would be inflicted on rural people if the internet becomes less available is hard to measure but would be considerable.

      Carol from Datil, NM

    • Everyone uses the internet and currently is able to choose (we are a free society, aren't we?) what we see, read, watch and experience. Removing Net Neutrality gives our power to companies. The companies that are the largest, with the most money and the most power will determine what we see, watch, read and experience. They do not act in our best interest. Even if they did act in our "best" interest, that is NOT UP TO THEM, it is up to us. As a free society, we allow people to smoke, even though we know at a minimum it will make them less healthy and at most it will kill them - it is still their choice. The United States of America are supposed to be free - the internet is now in every facet of our lives and letting a handful of companies take control of that, no matter what they are promising is WRONG! In addition, I own and operate a small business employing ten people full time. Killing Net Neutrality would severely harm or KILL any small business. Small business would not be able to PAY to be seen as would the larger companies. It would enable large companies to consume, one way or another, their competition that is smaller. They will put them out of business by making them invisible on the internet or they will buy them out. Either way, I see this as the LARGEST step in helping the large get larger - remember "TO BIG TO FAIL"? That is not only with banks but all business. Less competition allows those that are left to do what they want, when they want because the consumer is left with little or NO CHOICE. As an American Citizen, an Employer, a Consumer I think this is a pivotal moment when our government will show us who they work for - big companies or the Citizens of the United States of America.

      Rosann from South Burlington, VT

    • I work at a 'dotcom' startup (Everything But The House) and we are growing at a massive rate, which is exciting; but more importantly, our growth is allowing us to serve more families in times of dire need. The success of our business, and our ability to serve these families hinges directly upon our access to a free and open internet. If our company were to be charged for the traffic it generates on the internet infrastructure we would be hamstrung and unable to provide our service at such a reasonable cost to our customers. Our margins are already extremely tight. Both as an employee and as a citizen of my city, state and country, it is clear that access to a free and open internet is becoming as essential as access to electricity in our modern age. To treat the internet - connections between people - as the property of several large companies who wish to be unregulated or self-regulated, is extremely harmful to everyone except the very few who profit from that concentration of power. Please consider your constituents and favor public interests over private interests in this matter.

      Max from Cincinnati, OH

    • The internet is a place where I do a lot of reading and research. I educate myself through this medium. Restricting and using the internet as a tool to charge more and control speeds is morally wrong. Beyond that it's a step in the door, in the wrong direction. One day it is slow lanes, the next day it is restriction to a website. I will not sit back and watch the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BECOME THE THIRD REICH!

      David from Hialeah, FL

    • I am a single mom of two young adult sons. They "grew up" on the internet, but I am the one who taught them the proper use and the "how to's". They have, in turn, taught their friends on the etiquette of social media use. We all use the internet to keep in touch with friends that have moved away or are in the military. Quite often, they cannot tell us where they are, but send a quick email to let us know they are well and safe. That in itself is a great relief. My family uses the internet to contact elected officials; keep up with the latest news; follow our favorite sports team and look up subjects that interest us. The internet should be open and unrestricted for all, so we can all get different views and new ideas. Neutral Internet allows us to do research on any given topic in order to learn. Different and new; this is what makes us think, wonder and explore.

      Pat from Dearborn Heights, MI

    • I run a website, Gore4.com, that is primarily devoted to the world of horror, but in my reviews, I show how films, TV, etc. relate to and reflect the issues and climate of our times. I also explore real world horror, such as environmental issues. I have relatively no budget and cannot compete with the likes of Verizon and Comcast if they get preferential internet access and speed. I am just one example of why we need a free and open internet for ALL!

      Brian from South Orange, NJ

    • I rely on the internet for my business

      Mindye from Merrick, NY

    • I am a self employed editor. My entire business depends on a free, fast, and open internet: I edit documents and provide writing feedback via Skype to clients in several other states, as well as in other countries, such as Japan. I could not maintain my business without a reliable and efficient internet.

      Danielle from Ann Arbor, MI

    • The internet is a necessity for the proper functioning of the modern economy and the modern political engagement of millions of people across the world. The open and unrestricted access to the internet is the single greatest tool for spreading information and ideas that has ever been devised by mankind since the invention of the written word itself. Consequently, the stifling of the flow of information is and has always been the tool of oppression. Throughout history, tyrants and despots have gone to extraordinary lengths to limit the knowledge and education of those they've oppressed, from the ancient Mongol Hordes of Genghis Khan sacking libraries and splitting cultures apart, to the Nazis burning books, to our own sordid history of slave owners forbidding slaves from learning to read even the Bible, and continuing to this day various extremist Islamic states threaten and murder women for the crime of going to school. Proper information and understanding is the most important tool towards solving literally any problem, from catastrophic natural disasters, to egregious social injustices, all the way down to how to clean my toaster, and everything in between. To stifle learning is to stifle progress and is to join the ranks of the oppressors, past and present. There is no reason to do so, unless your motives are corrupt.

      Brian from Palm Bay, FL

    • OK here we go. The only way to hurt kleptocrats is in their pocketbooks. Join the burgeoning TRETT -- Tax Resistance To Trump : this strategy worked during the illegal war in Vietnam. Fill out 2017 tax forms and put any amount owed in an escrow savings account. Then inform the IRS that you are withholding payment until Trump, Pence, and all their appointees are evicted from office.

      Bil from New York, NY

    • Without a quick view of my art website, my audience won't stay engaged. Without speedy access to email I can't sign upwards of 30 political petitions per day. Without good bandwidth I can't speak to my 80 year old mom through Face Time, and see if her health is holding up. I need the speed to maintain my lifestyle, because I am disabled and I can't function outside of my house very well. I need the net to remain neutral.

      Billie from Sweet Home, OR

    • Today, the internet is more important than ever. I can communicate with my Drs, get test results, order medications, do my banking, reach out to politicians (you know his important this is), I can get music faster, teachers are using the internet in schools, we read newspapers on the net, I pay my bills using the internet, I shop on the internet, look up recipes, look up crochet patterns, genealogy, new talent is discovered, big & small businesses do many functions using the internet and so many other things. I'm retired so I use it frequently. You see us walking around with our smart phones and tablets. We're on them all the time.

      Lynn from Madison, WI

    • I use internet mainly for work; I work with intellectually and physically disabled students in their homes. I have to submit daily notes into an online system, and load educational programs/videos (via Youtube, Google, Educational websites). Without net neutrality, hundreds/thousands of people will possibly be forced to pay more (many won't be able to afford it). As a result, many individuals, including children, won't be able to access the resources they need for work/education. Many children (elementary up through highschool) require internet services to complete homework assignments. Many adults are required to submit notes/documentation via online systems for work. As American citizens, we have the right to CHOOSE for ourselves; that's net neutrality. With each and every passing day, this country is becoming less of a democracy and more like a dictatorship... It's very sad and it needs to STOP.

      Jessica from Tampa, FL

    • Keep the internet open and free for the people rather than under the whim of greedy corporations.

      Victor from Danville, VA

    • The internet is communication. ANY restriction is a restriction of free speech !!!

      Roger from Whittier, CA

    • HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST ME FOR YOU TO LEAVE THE INTERNET ALONE ????

      Michael from Bend, OR

    • I use the Internet to communicate with friends, et al, and to stay informed. I don't trust corporate media, and a neutral Internet allows me to do research on any given topic in order to learn and be more cognizant of the world around me while being able to speak out for or against that which will affect myself and those I care about.

      JT from SELLERSVILLE, PA

    • Both my jobs in IT and Public safety, require heavy integration into the internet without impediment or snooping by corporations. I find now on daily basis that I am unable to do my job because of road blocks or "slow lanes" set for both commercial and consumer accounts by the massive Telecommunications networks. These companies who indiscriminately monitor user traffic and discriminate types of data traffic with speed reduction through their network. Futhermore who seek any excuse to expand, capitalize, and disregard the purpose of rules which protects not only the public but the governments both state and federal. A case example is the take over of the dedicated nation wide public safety communications network, First Net which was sold to the highest bidder by the FCC Chairman. The wireless company who bought the rights to tax free sites to establish the communications network; will do so but with hidden taxes onto the network. Such as "allowing their wireless clients access to the dedicated backbone during sever outages" which public safety needs during stringent emergencies. Such was the example when during hurricane Sandy Emergency responders were left without digital communications in the field due to overload of consumer traffic on the cell sites node's. It would be foolish to assume that the wireless companies who are supposed to establish and maintain a secure public safety network will not capitalize on traffic monitoring nor sharing the would be "dedicated and secure network link for our federal and state workers" with their own clientele. Allowing free control of the Internet to the corporations to "self determine rules to regulate traffic"; Allows for the justification of stagnating the internet's development with new potential features as well as limit: knowledge, and development by promoting censorship and paid propaganda.

      E from Chester, NJ

    • I'm disabled, senior citizen, widowed lives alone needs internet to keep in touch with family & outside world.

      Linda from Tucson, AZ

    • I am physically disabled and depend on the internet for an unbiased, uncensored panoply of viewpoints to stay connected to the world.

      Ron from Los Osos, CA

    • I follow news about Eritrea, as I had the privilege of living there and learning the language and customs of the people. There are certainly those who would prefer such information--even though it's often quite informal--not to be available to the general public. Net neutrality ensures immediate delivery of the free press on which freedom and well-being depends. Censorship is the aperitif of tyrants.

      John from Antioch, TN

    • I'm a disabled, 70 year old woman who supports a family of 4 on social security. I depend on the internet to stay informed, to manage my health information and to keep tabs on my banking business. I would suffer if I was unable to utilize the net in an efficient way. It's extremely important to me that it stays accessible.

      Victoria from Lakewood, WA

    • Being unable to be in a typical work environment due to disabilities, I rely solely on the Internet to work. Having sites that I need quick access to being slowed down, this will impact my ability to work and, ultimately, support myself. It's not just about checking email or seeing what friends in other states/countries are up to, it's one of my only means of having an income.

      Scout from Schenectady, NY

    • I have been in Mexico for nearly 2 months & am paying for Netflix, Hulu & Amazon prime but can’t watch any of them because I’m not in the US. What is this unfairness about? I was never told I could only use the services hen in the US. I also can not open documents sent me in emails.

      Marie from Port Angeles, WA

    • We own and operate a distribution platform for surf filmmakers, and surf photographers. Anita Pai has already undermined our companies ability to grow. Threatening net neutrality has made toxic an entire growth industry of independent filmmaking and videography. Ajit Pai and Mike Riley are deliberately and willfully destroying opportunity and creating a vacuum that will be filled by more technologically centric countries. It is positively imbecilic and a direct violation of the oath of office that Mike Riley and Ajit Pai took. It is treasonous, anti-American, unconstitutional to compromise net neutrality in anyway.

      Matthew from San Diego, CA

    • The Internet is the most important aspect I rely on everyday as a way to build my brand, keep myself educated, and up to date on current events. If Net Neutrality is gutted, independent voices like mine and others that I listen to will not have a place to freely discuss opinions on anything and everything.

      Niccolo-Luise from Valencia, CA

    • As a retiree, I rely on the Internet to stay updated on current events, and to keep abreast of important news that I used to rely upon my employment networks for. A free and open network is crucial for living in our fast-paced world of ever-developing information. I have a niece and nephew who were at the concert in the Las Vegas shooting, so it was extremely important for me to have access to the most up-to-date information regardless of my income level.

      Rita from Eugene, OR

    • Hello, Net neutrality means keeping internet service affordable for my elderly mother. She uses the internet to keep in touch with her friends and family and also to stay on top of monitoring her health. If internet usage become unaffordable to seniors on fixed incomes, the quality and quite possibly the very length of their lives will suffer. To my own mother and, I believe many others, the internet is a lifeline. sincerely, Tom Wallace

      Thomas from Maple Valley, WA

    • I use the Internet to heal from autoimmune diseases, to help heal myself. It literally is a life and death matter to me. I also use the Internet to keep informed on political issues which matter to me so that I can vote my conscience.

      Claudia from Shingle Springs, CA

    • We ALL need equal access to the internet these days ... it is what we have come to rely upon to stay connected with our loved ones, to keep informed and to participate in civil society.

      Susan from Albany, OR

    • I help two non-profit organizations with their websites, which they use for education and support of their memberships. Both provide online forums, which allows members to engage in ways that fit into their busy lives and allow them to still be active members of these communities.

      Tami from Issaquah, WA

    • Thanks to the internet, I’m able to work from home and make a good living. If net neutrality is repealed, I’m worried that my service provider would have the ability to block sites I require for my job. Internet service providers should not have any say over what traffic flows over their lines. It’s none of their business. They are only in existence to provide a connection to the wider internet. Do not repeal net neutrality. It benefits no one except the service providers.

      David from Pueblo West, CO

    • We need to keep the internet un-censored so all information has the same priority for everyone.

      Jason from Derby, VT

    • My whole life at this point is depended on a free and open internet. I rely on using the internet for educational purposes, entertainment, and communication. I have friends who I can not communicate with any other way. To me, net neutrality keeps it not only afordable, but easy, and painless.

      Zachary from Arlington, TX

    • As a freelance writer, the internet has become the primary way for me to conduct business and to correspond. Very few publications want to do business via USPS/FedEx/UPS and the like. So Net Neutrality keeps my livelihood vital by allowing me to transmit manuscripts, digital photographs and other large documents in a timely manner. I also edit my professional arts organization's newsletter. The internet allows me to create and distribute a digital version, giving me more freedom for content included that normally would be edited out because of printing and postage issues. Email has been a vital way to quickly communicate with membership. Imagine having to make 300 calls vs. one email. I put out a daily Indivisible email that we use along with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to take fast action as is often needed in response to Washington, D.C. decisions that affect all of us nationally. Finally, as an individual, I shop online, bank online, have even bought a car and house online. Every minute saved by conducting business online frees up time to pursue other interests and activities. The internet kept me in touch with my in-laws fleeing from Hurricane Irma. It allowed us to find and book a hotel room for them when they just had to rest after an extremely stressful two days. The internet is my only communication, via Snapchat, I have with my nephew, a Marine stationed in Japan. We can actually chat real time - we talk more over Snapchat than we ever got to do in person, thanks to a very large extended family and getting to see each other only during these family reunions. I can also tell you what a slow internet does too. With our less-than-satisfactory internet service due to limited availability and making a poor choice for a very new development, it's agony being able to read only 2 emails per minute. And last month, I spent multiple hours trying to upload an 8-minute video (for my arts group) to YouTube - 19 tries over 3 days, finally successful at 2:30 a.m. when I normally sleep on the third day (technically fourth day). Because the internet connection frequently drops (times out), it always takes me 3 days to even 3 weeks to download every iPhone update. I imagine this is what it's like without Net Neutrality. And I don't believe that mortgaging my house a second time and selling my firstborn will really buy me faster internet without Net Neutrality. So thanks a lot for nothing, Ajit Pai.

      Jill from Manteca, CA

    • I am currently a remote contractor and have, in the past, been a remote freelancer and a remote full-time employee. In all of these positions, only a free and open Internet has allowed me to do my work--especially in my current contract, where I perform quality control on online lessons that will be used to train members of the U.S. Army. Neither I nor the the small company I work for can afford higher fees for fast Internet, so if we lose the free and open Internet, I could lose my job and the company could lose its ability to produce lessons, possibly even having to shut down. I am currently engaged in activism via online platforms such as Slack. These platforms allow me to communicate with people from all over the country and even the world. I also get most of my news of current events online, and reading blogs and cultural analyses online is vital to my understanding of the issues that other people face. If I were charged more for access to these things, I would have to cut back on them, and that would make me a worse citizen and a worse human. I'm just one of millions of people who depend on the Internet for their work, their play, and their understanding of the world. If companies are allowed to throttle the Net, our lives will become smaller. Don't let them do it.

      Melissa from Orlando, FL

    • I grew up on the internet and it should stay free. It is the best way we can stay active in world politics and connect across the world.

      Samantha from Collierville, TN

    • I'm a 48 year old single mother and I have multiple sclerosis. Having access to the internet allows me to keep up to speed on any new medications how the laws might change to hurt or help me and keep me connected to others in the MS community. Net neutrality means that I can have access to everything at my fingertips without being throttled or redirected somewhere by my internet provider.

      Anna from Tucson, AZ

    • leave the net alone. we want equality, yes, even online

      Anna from Seattle, WA

    • My story is everyone's story. My life, in one way or another, depends on the free, open internet. It's where I go to read the news, to shop, to look for jobs, to make connections... to talk to my loved ones. People my age (30s) have chosen to skip meals or eat plain rice and beans to be able to afford their internet bill, which is their lifeline to the world. You CANNOT take this away. The free, open internet is absolutely crucial to every part of our lives, and our economy too. Hold the line. Keep net neutrality. For everyone's sake.

      Katherine from Durham, NC

    • Net neutrality matters to me because when I need information - from simple curiosities like looking up the meaning of a new word or type of food, to researching for papers and articles - having the ability to see multiple sources from every side is a necessity. Being able to see and buy items from individual sellers and small businesses is also important, because so many people rely on having an online presence to make a living. Killing net neutrality would be taking jobs from hardworking people, and that is not ok.

      Mary from Albemarle, NC

    • I use the internet to connect with others to organize in order to attempt to effect positive change and social justice. In the past, I organized a series of rallies on the grounds of my statehouse to draw attention to my state's wait list for AIDS drugs that was costing lives and hindering the fight against HIV/AIDS. I won awards in 2006 and 2007 for my activism, on both the state and national level. My activism and the publicity it generated helped raise awareness of the problem. My state legislature ultimately appropriated enough money to end the wait list. Lives were saved; people were able to remain healthy enough to take care of their families. This is an example of the power of a free internet. Please, please protect net neutrality.

      Elizabeth from Lexington, SC

    • I am a small business owner in the start-up phase. My primary method of engaging new clients is online. Without net neutrality, I would not be able to compete in the marketplace as a startup. Allowing just a few corporations to monopolize access to the internet will stifle innovation and hurt small businesses like mine.

      Jennifer from Austin, TX

    • Over the years, the internet has become an integrated part of my daily life. Among other things, I'm a writer and an artist. And I use the internet on a regular basis to post the stories that I write and pieces of artwork that I sometimes create. It's through sharing my creations that I've made friends with many other creative people like myself. One of my biggest fears about losing Net Neutrality is that those websites that I use to share could either disappear or be slowed down to a crawl because their operators can't afford to pay the giant cost of being in the "fast lane". The site where I post my artwork is a very small operation that would very likely fade from existence if the current Net Neutrality protections are eliminated. Not only would I lose a forum for my artwork, I would lose touch with a lot of good friends as well.

      Andrew from Blair, NE

    • Hello my name is David Ray Jacob Lyons I am a self taught graphics designer and artist. Net Neutrality protects me from the harsh environment that internet providers would create. I wouldn't be able to properly start an online website or online business on my own because service providers can control and effect website traffic with pay walls and slow/fast lanes. While other bigger companies will not be effective because they have the resources to spend. No business starts big unless they strike gold and become rich over night. Right out of the gate, we have a problem without Net Neutrality. It will make it more difficult for small and starting business to generate money and maintain relevancy at the same time (marketing/advertisement, communication, storage, selling etc). All of those things i listed would cost more to do and be slower when the fast/slow lanes are implemented (not if but when they do). This can make it exceptionally difficult to do other things like pay taxes or my bills online. Additionally any information put online is at risk when you give that much control to an internet provider. This can make basic things more difficult or impossible (checking emails, voice/video calls, streaming etc). I have been told that if Net Neutrality ends, service providers can check everything you do and that makes me feel unsafe (stealing or making business information unsecured) and i know companies will take and use information usually to get more money (facebook, google and many other sites). I took a business class and it's very cut throat. Business will only look out for its own interests and not the people (without proper leadership and ethics). The internet is one of the greatest tools humanity has ever devised and can take a person from nothing to great heights. Allowing Net Neutrality to fade would severely hamper and might even destroy this invaluable tool. I greatly advise you to not end Net Neutrality for humanities sake.

      David from Cincinnati, OH

    • The reason I favor keeping Network Neutrality on the Internet as the law of the land is because it allows me to be able to go to whatever news, information, or political websites (or apps) of MY choosing, instead of the Cable company making that decision FOR me. Net Neutrality allows me to be able to go to ANY entertainment website (or use ANY entertainment apps) of MY choosing, INSTEAD of the Cable company choosing them FOR me (by making "Sweetheart deals" with certain entertainment and information apps and websites, while purposefully SLOWING DOWN MY ACCESS to ANY OTHER entertainment or information websites or apps which DO NOT have those "Sweetheart deals" in place with said Cable company). Through the WORTHWHILE concept of Network Neutrality, I'm able to be a part of ANY cause which I consider to be IMPORTANT TO ME, and am ABLE to access the information from the websites, apps, and articles of MY choosing to get the information I consider to be most important to me. IF Network Neutrality were done away with, I'm AFRAID that ALL THAT FREEDOM TO CHOOSE would be ENDED, and the Cable company I get my Internet service from (in my case, Mediacom) would be able to set up specific "Sweetheart deals" with certain websites and apps of THEIR choosing, and fix it do that THOSE (and ONLY THOSE) websites would load the fastest, while ALL OTHER websites and apps would be SLOWED DOWN, in order to MANIPULATE ME into ONLY going to the specific websites and apps that Mediacom has set up those deals with, INSTEAD of allowing me to go to the Entertainment and Information websites that I CHOOSE to visit and go to!!!! And what's WORSE, is that, IF Network Neutrality IS done away with, companies like Mediacom might even fix it so that, if I want to access popular websites and apps that I frequently visit, and use, on a regular basis (such as social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Google+), or streaming media sites, like Hulu, Netflix, CBS All Access, VEVO, YouTube, Twitch, or others LIKE them) would be put outside my access unless I paid an extra "fee" to Mediacom to unlock access to those sites. And IN the case of streaming media sites like Hulu, Netflix, or CBS All Access, or YouTube Red, or DirecTV Now (a Live TV streaming service that serves as a "Cable TV replacement"), companies like Mediacom, Verizon, Comcast, Charter, AT&T, or others could fix it so that access to THOSE sites and apps would be PURPOSEFULLY SLOWED DOWN, since they COMPETE with THEIR existing "Traditional Cable TV" services, or fix it so that if I want to access those streaming sites, I'll have to PAY TWICE to get unfettered access to them...first to the Incumbent Cable or Phone provider every month to UNLOCK access to those sites, and then AGAIN to those sites or apps themselves to pay the subscription fees per month to access the streaming video or audio programming. For example:, I presently subscribe to a commercial-free streaming service called "Digitally Imported", which I pay $7.99 a month for, and it gets me access to commercial-free streams of DI.FM's 85 Electronic Dance Music stations, and also gets me commercial-free access to 40 Rock stations from RockRadio.com and its app, as well as commercial-free access to over 100 various format Music stations on RadioTunes.com. However, since Mediacom (my ISP) has a deal in place with competing commercial-free music provider Music Choice, they (Mediacom) would have the incentive to PURPOSEFULLY SLOW DOWN MY ACCESS to the DI.FM, RockRadio.com, and RadioTunes.com websites, so as to "manipulate" me into ONLY using Music Choice website and app for its streaming radio, and then could CHARGE ME AN EXTRA FEE to "SPEED UP" (or UNLOCK access to) DI.FM, RockRadio.com, and RadioTunes.com)...and THAT'S IN ADDITION TO the $7.99 monthly subscription fee I ALREADY PAY to Digitally Imported to subscribe to their Commercial-Free offerings online!!! I DO NOT LIKE the idea of the Cable and Phone companies "DOUBLE-DIPPING" into MY bank account for me to have UNFETTERED ACCESS to my favorite websites and apps, based on whether or not said websites and apps ink "Sweetheart Deals" with Cable & Phone companies LIKE Mediacom, Comcast, Charter, Verizon, AT&T, or others LIKE them!!!! Therefore, I FAVOR KEEPING the Internet NEUTRAL (as in Free And Open for ALL LEGAL WEBSITES AND APPS) to use, WITHOUT said Cable and Phone Companies attempting to "manipulate" with, or BLOCK, access to certain websites based SOLELY on whether or not said websites and apps can pay said Incumbent Cable & Phone companies the high fees they're demanding of them to gain unfettered access to us end users, or based on whether or not I can pay an EXTRA MONTHLY FEE to UNLOCK access to the websites and apps of MY CHOOSING!!!!! I DO NOT WANT MY INTERNET ACCESS MANIPULATED, OR FOOLED AROUND WITH, by the Incumbent Cable or Phone Companies!!!!! I WANT NETWORK NEUTRALITY TO REMAIN THE LAW OF THE LAND FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE!!!!!

      Dean from Storm Lake, IA

    • I am an architect I use the internet to communicate with clients, mostly governmental, their regulatory staffs, project managers and attorneys, my associates and staff, my consultants, hundreds of vendors, contractors, their subcontractors, and craftsmen. Internet has replaced the telephone. Without internet neutrality, US will become less competitive in the global marketplace. In my personal life, the internet serves as our primary communications and entertainment pathway. We do still have a telephone wire to our house and on it we get mostly your fundraisers calling us for the river of political contributions we make to some of your campaigns. Our family and friends mostly email and text us, or call on Skype or Facetime. We don't use Facebook or Twitter both are ridiculous useless time sinks with no real utility. We disconnected our Cable TV. Propaganda has replaced news, the entertainment content mostly sucks, and for something that costs way over a hundred a month, it has far too many ads. If YOU want YOUR messages to reach US, defend Net Neutrality. If the prosperity of American business matters to YOU, defend net neutrality. If my family matters at all to YOU, defend net neutrality. If none of that matters to YOU, WE no longer need YOU.

      George from Seattle, WA

    • I am a college student and student of life that actively seeks education outside of my schooling and the internet is my #1 source. The main purpose of the internet is to keep everyone connected globally; keeping people culturally aware, current affairs, to be able to think critically by seeing all perspectives of a situation and not just by a one party, etc. Sensoring the internet and using it for private gain, not only defeats the purpose, but gives rise to something we’ve always feared and fought wars over in the United States - Communism. It is not capitalism anymore when we’ve monopolized the system with a few rich folks.

      Carla from Kerrville, TX

    • I work for a business that does contracting for the government. We rely exclusively on a reliable, secure and unbiased connections to deliver the best quality software to our clients.

      Dennis from Durham, NC

    • I use the internet to further my progress in the field of 3D Animation and Game Development. I use the internet everyday to keep up on updates pertaining to future software versions, Watching tutorials to keep my skills sharp, acquire inspiration by admiring other 3D artists work, and keeping up on hardware releases so I can determine whether I must upgrade my workstation or not. As an aspiring Developer I need the internet to keep up within this rapidly growing industry. Without net neutrality everything that I've worked so hard to maintain will be for naught.

      John from Goleta, CA

    • I use the Internet daily to keep up with family and friends.

      Don from Roswell, NM

    • I have been a regular internet user since 2000 when I started using email on a regular basis. It is, of course, the fastest, most efficient way to get communicative mail from one individual to another, especially since our postal system continues to decline in service and raise it's prices! The internet has allowed me to find housing not advertised in newspapers or any other medium. It has allowed me to seek employment in other countries, which I have done by serving as an English as a Second Language Teacher in the countries of Mexico and Thailand, which would have been impossible without the internet. Over these 17 years I have watched the email services become inundated with unwanted advertisements from hundreds of companies whose ads distract my ability to read my emails and attend to other work I may be doing. That is disgusting enough, but now that the entire global community is THREATENED with the internet being taken over by GREEDY US telecommunication corporations such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, etc. I am APPALLED at this thought of losing what is now our ability to connect globally WITHOUT anything more than an ISP service fee. If these GREEDY american (the name of this country is purposefully left uncapitalized until such time as the lawmakers of this country START TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE AGAIN and push aside the lobbyists and corporation palm greasers who have taken over our legislative system). It is IMPERATIVE that the internet maintain NET NEUTRALITY as it continue to spread from country to country, giving communication access to ALL the PEOPLES OF THIS PLANET !!!!!!!!!!!!! I APPEAL to the HEARTS of the lawmakers of this country. PLEASE stop putting your pocketbooks first. PUT THE PEOPLE FIRST and keep NET NEUTRALITY for the entire global population. It is IMPERATIVE not something to toy with over legislative drinks and meals paid for by the greedy corporations of this nation. PLEASE KEEP NET NEUTRALITY......IT'S A NECESSITY !!! PERIOD....FACT !!!

      Pamela from Kamuela, HI

    • As a blogger and occasional artist, the internet is a way of life for me. I use it not only for occasional research and entertainment, but also to express myself as an individual, contact people (especially online friends) who may live far from me, get informed, and fight for progress. I'm a homebody, but the internet lets me have a voice I otherwise might not have. You are not taking away my internet without a fight.

      Irene from Los Angeles, CA

    • I need to be able to rely on instant news, as it breaks. This is a priority, needed, above, and before the interests of profit.

      Dara from San Rafael, CA

    • It matters to me because it's not only the only income I have, it's my link to the outside world. I'm disabled and sick. I don't live on disability, I still work for a living. I live alone, all my family is gone now. For me, it keeps me connected to the world. It's my lifeline, literally. It's my work, my recreation, my information and my friends. Without it, I would cease to exist.

      Laura from Denver, CO

    • Much news is only available on the internet. Living in a rural area, I depend on an open internet to stay as informed as I would in a metropolitan area. Also, as you know, the internet is used by many groups to organize politically. This is my best option for connecting to groups whose work I support.

      Deborah from Seattle, WA

    • A fair and balanced internet allows me to keep in touch with and reach out to people with disabilities - in my case, the visually impaired. We talk about everything from our work life to the latest shows (and services that provide described audio for said shows). There are not many of us, and the things we do do not generate large profits. If the internet becomes pay to play, I fear it will have a negative effect on our community, and at the very least cost us more to purchase whatever package may become necessary to keep doing the things we do now. Please preserve net neutrality. It is what makes America great and keeps the American Dream alive for our generation.

      Dominic from Santa Maria, CA

    • I am a sole proprietor of a small business. My business DEPENDS on it. I need to be able to communicate with the four corners to advertise, sell, get paid, refund, and communicate about my products. Also, in case no one has noticed, schools these days, grades kinder through PhD use internet to teach their classes, ask questions if they don’t understand, hand in homework, receive tutoring, receive grades, work together in groups (that’s called networking. You should try it. Very successful way of getting things accomplished), consult with other teachers, do their research, etc. Who’s going to pick up the bill for that when costs go up from big companies raising prices. Don’t say they won’t. We ALL know that’s not true. I can’t help my grand daughter get her degree in marine biology if that happens, because my income from my small business will be gone. She can’t pick it up because she’s barely making enough to live and pay her regular tuition. The school can’t help her because if enough students can’t carry it, they’ll have to close too, due to crazy high drop out rates. Tell me TEN good things that getting rid of net neutrality is going to do for me and my family. Just TEN THINGS THAT ARE TRUE!!!! It should be crystal clear to you by now that there is absolutely no desire to change title II. we have emailed, tweeted, texted, written letters, held town meetings, protested, made phone calls. Millions of people have made themselves clear. You are elected to REPRESENT US, not big business nor corporations, and if you are appointed then it is still to represent us and to see towards our best interests, not your own, or corporate. They are already rich beyond belief. This will only serve to further demoralize, depress, despair a nation that is already in deep deep despair. It WILL NOT help us, the people. We need help. Desperately. That’s why I have an internet business. I CAN NOT compete with corporation. Why would anyone one charged with the duty of representing us do something that we clearly do not want, and even more clearly do not need. How could you look at yourself in the mirror each morning? We need help. Do the right thing. Not the greedy thing. Not the corporate thing. They don’t need your help. We do, and for many of you, to keep your jobs, you have need for us. Do your job. Do your conscience not your rich lobbyist

      Kim from Wall Walla, WA

    • I am the primary caregiver for my grandfather, who has dementia. I have 9 web cameras in my home that utilize the wifi to allow me to keep an eye out for him while needing to use the restroom or sleep. I also have three fire/carbon monoxide detectors that hook into the wifi to send alerts to my phone, should something happen while we're away from the house. In addition to that, I have the apple tvs so he can watch shows he likes that aren't too difficult for him to follow. That's not including the desktops, laptops, and many other devices in our home that utilize the internet. And YET Comcast is charging us another $25-$50 more a month for "unlimited internet," which was basically a service we already HAD that they didn't improve in anyway but I had to pay for to make sure I can keep my grandfather safe and happy. Should internet speeds be throttled down into a slow/fast lane scenario, I risk most to all of the cameras becoming unresponsive or the apple tv not working so he can't relax before bed by listening to it. I pay more a month for my INTERNET than I do my CAR INSURANCE. Doesn't that tell you something?

      Amber from West Bloomfield, MI

    • I attend Louisiana Tech University's engineering college. My present and my future both depend on a free and open Internet, as well as millions upon millions of Americans just like me. What's sad is that many of us are completely unaware that one of the most coveted aspects of western civilization is about to be stripped away from what's becoming known as one of humanity's greatest innovations all in the name of selfish internet service providers and corporate interests. If our forefathers would have known about the invention of the Internet during the creation of the Constitution, I have no doubt in my mind that the concept behind the Open Internet Order would have been encapsulated in the First Amendment itself. Title II of the Communications Act is nowhere near as strong of regulations as something as important as the Internet deserves; however, as it stands, it's all we've got, and the only reason to strip them away is to please the large corporations that line the pockets of our representatives. The Internet is not just a tool; the Internet is a platform, a way of life, and a necessity; all at once. We must communicate loud and clear that Title II is not only good, it's necessary, at least until we are given something stronger in the form of a bill on the floor of Congress; if and only if that happens and is passed should Title II classification be revisited. Any restoration of freedom the "Restoring Internet Freedom Act" intends to provide is freedom for ISPs to suck consumer's wallets dry even more so than today. Title II regulations need to be protected for the good of us, our children, and all following generations.

      Brennan from Abita Springs, LA

    • I use the Internet every single day. I use it to keep on top of my finances, I use it to research information for school and work, I use it to connect with friends and family, I use it to engage with our political and governmental bodies. I use the Internet to engage in entertainment. Without an Open Internet, I may have not have the opportunities for furthering my education. Without the Open Internet and Net Neutrality, they cannot reach me and I cannot reach them. That is a huge impact on our economy---and that is only for ONE day of online sales. To "close" the Internet and allow the ISPs to dictate is to open us to a dangerous economic collapse---for both big boxes such as I work for and for those online. Our store, after all, has a BOPIS (Buy Online Pick Up In Store) feature---and that feature has created in-house jobs for those who fulfill those online orders. The Open Internet also allows me to be an informed and engaged citizen of the United States of America. I have rights to know about my government, to speak out against it if I feel it is leading away from the Constitution, and to back candidates I feel will better represent me and my family's needs. To curb the Open Internet puts our very democracy in serious peril. The Internet isn't going anywhere---but if it is out of reach for the vast majority of Americans, the tool it provides for political action, we will see more and more minority voters disenfranchised, disengaged, and thwarted at the polls. The RIGHT to assemble should apply to our online lives as much as our offline. To curb the Open Internet is to attack our fundamental First Amendment rights. No corporation should have the ability to do that just to turn a bigger profit. I use the Internet to be with my global friends. Without the Open Internet, I would not know many of them. The Internet is a wondrous thing that allows us all to connect and communicate like never before. To take that ability away from the average American is wrong. I urge all policymakers to consider these points when debating and deciding this issue. Net Neutrality and its fate may well be the deciding factor of this young century. Will America remain the beacon of the free and of liberty or will it close off wide swaths of the population from the greatest communication tool the world has ever seen? Only time will tell. I urge once more that all support the Open Internet with Title II protections and Net Neutrality. Thank you for your time.

      Wayne from Longboat Key, FL

    • I’m writing today because I’m concerned we’re going to lose our critical Net Neutrality protections, that are vital for our democracy, innovation, and free speech. I pay over one hundred dollars a month from my income just to have the internet to do my work at home job. I have osteoarthritis and have limited mobility issues that I can no longer stand for a regular job. I am very lucky to have this job working from home to support myself as I can no longer hold 3 or 4 jobs during a week that I did to support my children and myself. Any limits to the internet would keep me from being able to do this job sufficiently.

      Tonya from Somerset, KY

    • The internet is an everyday part of life a nescessity and it needs to be protected and available as such.

      Constantine from Walnut Creek, CA

    • It's the only way I communicate with my representatives in Congress!!!!

      Wayne from Grand Junction, CO

    • I don't exactly have a business. I am retired. But I do a great deal of research online so I can write books. Tha is, if . I am ever allowed to do this. I've managed to get one local history book published in January of 2015. I want to do more, I loved researching on the internet for what i needed, besides going to libraries, museums, and other places to find more. If net neutrality is totally destroyed and it costs too much money to even use the internet, like ay others in the US, I will never be able to afford my research. I use the internet to stay informed about current events, too, and save off much of what I receive and read, in the hopes of sing it for books I would like to write and publish. Furthermote, I spend most of my days, every day, staying poliically engaged. I receive many newsletters and other iinfo via email and . that would stop forever, as well. I wold never have any balanced way of getting the info I need and want.

      Sara from Renton, WA

    • I am disabled and was forced to retire at 60. I have little in the way of resources, and no longer can stand long enough at a job. So, I also no longer have access to disposible income. I am sure that I am not alone in this plea to keep our internet public and free as this is the way I can stay in touch with my family, and stay informed about current and political happenings. My brother lives with me and his only reliable connection to people is through the internet as he cannot hear. Don't take this away! SAVE NET NEUTRALITY!!

      Sandra from Burien, WA

    • The telephone has laws. Media hasn't caught up. Communication amongst its citizens is a Free Enterprise in a democracy. Overstepping bounds of respect for mind, body and privacy has laws to protect that democracy. It is now an oligarchy, run not by Americans but by international financiers playing a game with Russia China US Iran (the brat) South Korea (another mad man). And now my internet is being violated. I understand so little.

      C from Los Angeles, CA

    • I am running a Resistance e-mail group. The internet is essential to preserve our democracy while the current administration is trying to destroy it.

      Sandra from Seattle, WA

    • We the people created the content of the internet. The only thing, historically, that the telecom industry have provided was a pathway for communication. They are glorified road construction workers. Would you buy a house and then give the keys of your house to the builder just because he or she built it? No, that's ridiculous and so is this power-grab by these wanna-be tyrants. End this madness.

      Adam from Hollywood, FL

    • I use the Internet nearly every single day. I use it to keep on top of my finances, I use it to research information for school and work, I use it to connect with friends and family, I use it to engage with our political and governmental bodies. I use the Internet to engage in entertainment. Two years ago, I attended my first academic conference based on that engagement online with entertainment. I watch a well-loved show called Supernatural. Without an Open Internet, I may have never had the chance to speak at a conference celebrating it. I would not have had a chance to network with writers from the show or with other academics. It's possible that this trip to this conference alotted me the ability to land my part-time library job this year. All of this was and IS possible through the Open Internet. I also work in retail and I am well aware of the phenomenon that is Cyber Monday. Last year, $1.7 Billion (yes BILLION) was spent online alone. That is big and small. Amazon gets all the attention, but most of my online buys are from small niche online retailers that sell one of a kind items. Without the Open Internet and Net Neutrality, they cannot reach me and I cannot reach them. That is a huge impact on our economy---and that is only for ONE day of online sales. To "close" the Internet and allow the ISPs to dictate is to open us to a dangerous economic collapse---for both big boxes such as I work for and for those online. Our store, after all, has a BOPIS (Buy Online Pick Up In Store) feature---and that feature has created in-house jobs for those who fulfill those online orders. The Open Internet also allows me to be an informed and engaged citizen of the United States of America. I have rights to know about my government, to speak out against it if I feel it is leading away from the Constitution, and to back candidates I feel will better represent me and my family's needs. To curb the Open Internet puts our very democracy in serious peril. The Internet isn't going anywhere---but if it is out of reach for the vast majority of Americans, the tool it provides for political action, we will see more and more minority voters disenfranchised, disengaged, and thwarted at the polls. The RIGHT to assemble should apply to our online lives as much as our offline. To curb the Open Internet is to attack our fundamental First Amendment rights. No corporation should have the ability to do that just to turn a bigger profit. I use the Internet to be with my global friends. Without the Open Internet, I would not know many of them. The Internet is a wondrous thing that allows us all to connect and communicate like never before. To take that ability away from the average American is wrong. I urge all policymakers to consider these points when debating and deciding this issue. Net Neutrality and its fate may well be the deciding factor of this young century. Will America remain the beacon of the free and of liberty or will it close off wide swaths of the population from the greatest communication tool the world has ever seen? Only time will tell. I urge once more that all support the Open Internet with Title II protections and Net Neutrality. Thank you for your time.

      Allison from Marshall, MN

    • I'm a mother of two sons and their advocate. I fight for their future. What affects them affects me.

      Andrea from Dayton, OH

    • A fair Internet. A cooperative Internet. An equal Internet. For everyone. I work for an IT company providing services for many small to medium sized businesses. As much as losing Net Neutrality on a personal level would hurt me, losing Net Neutrality for my clients would be devastating. Having to explain speed differences to websites, pricing changes in cloud storage, performance affecting their own infrastructure...these are just some examples of what a "selective" Internet will introduce. I imagine scenarios everyday as the fear of losing Net Neutrality is a real one. The impact this would have in both a personal and business landscape would be life changing. It's hard enough dealing with this government (should I mention the "Tech Tax" recently passed?) but losing Net Neutrality would be like kicking a man when he's down.

      Daniel from Phoenixville, PA

    • PLease Do, Let FREEDOM... Ring!

      A from Middleboro, MA

    • Better for Startups & SMBs, The Backbone of our Economy!

      B from Middleboro, MA

    • Thank about what you are doing.

      Derrick from Shreveport, LA

    • I'm just an ordinary person who uses the internet to stay abreast of what's going on in the world. This easy access should not be taken away from me.

      Joanne from Petersburg, MI

    • I live in a rural community. Although I have DSL and pay very well for it, my service is sketchy. I depend on this for communicating since I am so hard of hearing, that I can not use a phone with any real success. Please DO NOT kill my open internet. This powerful manner of operating brings all to the same level, regardless of race or gender. It is essential for our future in a world where money and race can have such an influence on how one’s life unfolds. Do not take away my Net Neutrality please

      Eleuthera from Alstead, NH

    • I live 10 hours from my family. The internet is the only way I can see them most days.

      Sidona from Brighton, MI

    • As a job seeker in a struggling county with not much in the way of opportunities, I rely on an open internet to find them elsewhere. Treating the net as anything other than what it's become, a utility, will hobble our economy ...from advertising to e-commerce, our 21st century financial world and the way we do business is inextricable from this technology.

      Aleks from Hayward, WI

    • The internet is my lifeline

      David from Douglas, MA

    • Google keeps telling me that they will "try" not to show ads that I specifically tell them to stop posting...but it is so obviously a Lie. If you push them to do as they say they would (i.e, not keep show me those ads) you have to remove yourself totally from Google.

      Luther from Issaquah, WA

    • I use public computers that have a "DSL" line at a local library, and also at my apartment rental office, I can't afford to pay for one of my own, the large telecom mergers, that would be prohibited under President Obama's title II rules are essential to protecting internet neutrality, and to protect our freedom of speech in cyber space.

      Joel from Vancouver, WA

    • I'm going to keep this short. I don't want the cable companies and any other companies decide what I watch and should see. Or take things off just because. The news are valuable to me as well, and content is too (for example YouTube with some friendly shows). Everything was fine before, so if ain't broke--why mess with it? Getting rid of Net Neutrality will NOT make things better. It's like drinking coffee without the mug. Please leave it alone. It should be open to everyone, not in someone or a company's benefit. If you take it away, we lose those rights on the internet and so does Pat too. It can't be everyone and not him. I disagree with Pat's intention. It's not right to do that. Stop. Let us keep our internet freedom. Listen to the people here.

      Chloe from Chico, CA

    • Open to everyone! Not in someone's benefit.

      Steven from Sacramento, CA

    • The Internet is the Present and the Future!

      Amanda from Norcross, GA

    • Net Neutrality help us with the fair use and put conent on youtube and other streaming sites. If Net Neutrality gone then we will lose those rights and not have a internet go too. Just be borning internet with coperations like comcast boss us around. So we don't want that. Keep Net Neutrality safe and Pat don't take our net neutrality away. It not the right thing to do.

      Charles from Detroit, MI

    • In today's political environment, the ability to obtain fair and balanced news and information is more critical than ever. It is essential for maintaining a democratic society, the type of society this country's forbears imagined. Abolishing net neutrality is un-American and anti-freedom.

      Karry from Roslindale, MA

    • Big nerd, anything and everything I do on is based on the internet. Without it open-source could no longer be a thing... Think of how many programs we use are open-source and could be censored... Without net neutrality everything I do is gone......

      Markus from Fall Branch, TN

    • Free Open Internet for All Americans Now

      Josh from NYC, NY

    • Back in April 2017, I quit my full time job selling radio advertising in order to follow my dream of owning my own video marketing company. We help companies tell their story through video. The internet is the most important tool I use in my business on a daily basis. Congress repeatedly says "small business is the backbone of our economy". I'd like to see policy that supports this position. Killing Net Neutrality means putting hundreds of thousands of small businesses, like mine, at risk. I love America for being the country of opportunity, of possibilities. America will cease to be said country if Net Neutrality is not withheld. If strong Title II oversight does not exist, cable companies will have the ability to control my internet speeds, causing me to lose money, to lose business. I strongly urge Congress to listen to the American people, the people they represent. We want Net Neutrality withheld. We want Title II oversight.

      Taylor from Bellingham, WA

    • I use it to watch German shows with my mother.

      Julia from Salem, OR

    • My name is Jeff Hernandez and my fiance is trying to better herself by going back to school in an online environment. Without the use of in-home internet, this self betterment would not be possible. As for myself, I use the internet to stay informed on current events I enjoy the ability to look at the same events through different and varied news sources which allows me to see current events and political incidents with a fair and impartial eye. Were Net Neutrality to be removed, it would not be difficult to imagine certain news outlets become subject to additional fees or restrictions thereby limiting access to other viewpoints on current events. I am proud to be a citizen of the United States and I dread the thought that our great country would ever entertain the notion of joining the ranks of North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria or China by censoring or restricting the internet in any way. As a concerned citizen, I urge you put a stop to the insane plots and greed filled machinations of the current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

      Jeffrey from Tacoma, WA

    • I rely on the internet as I would rely on a library. If I have a question about something, I look it up. I depend on a list of sources that I know to be credible just like I would if I were doing library research. I am often asked by others to do research. If net neutrality were to be compromised by service providers, I would not be able to rely on the sources I find because those sources would have to pay a price to those providers. My computer would become useless. Information itself would become easily corruptible. And, you yourselves are subject to the whims of unscrupulous service providers whose only motive is profit. That should worry you.

      Patsy from New Port Richey, FL

    • I'm a single mother who uses the internet to connect with family and friends; to find available resources for my needs; to stay on top of current events affecting black and POC American residents, regardless of citizen staus; to mobilize the community to unite efforts in civil, nonviolent protest and resistance; to remain politically informed and engaged; and also to use my social media platforms to raise awareness about the issues that matter to me. I'm about to become a business owner and reaching potential customers via the internet is going to be a major strategy in boosting my profit margins.

      Kimya from Dallas, TX

    • Ach, I use the Internet for everything! Getting news from NPR, BBC in London, DW in Berlin. Connecting with my hiking clubs, my bicycle clubs. Conservation groups like NRDC, Sierra Club, SUWA. Neighborhood message boards, chats with neighbors, friends near and far, very far. My photography. Shopping, did I mention shopping? Reviewing products and services. My life, really. Net Neutrality matters!

      Michael from Reston, VA

    • I use the internet to watch things that might get censored if Net Neutrality is lost

      Cameron from Chickasha, OK

    • The company that employs me only exists because of the Internet. My job is done through the Internet. I continue to improve my skills for my job through the Internet. As someone who is anxious in social situations, the Internet allows a comfortable way to socialize. I learn new life skills through the Internet. I gain new ideas, insights, and inspiration through the Internet. I can keep up with family anywhere in the world because of the Internet. The world and our nation is so much better for having the Internet open and free, not censored and restricted by anti-Net Neutrality rulings and legislation.

      Hannah from Jackson, MO

    • I'm your constituent, and not only do I request you to please vote against Ajit Pai's reappointment to the FCC, I wish to bring other issues here to light as well. First of all, Verizon Corporation, among all the other internet service provider corporations, do NOT even PAY U.S. INCOME TAXES, and yet, a former Verizon attorney, Ajit Pai, insists on killing net neutrality? Actually, NONE of these Internet Service Providers pay U.S. Taxes; but that's okay to hold a monopoly over the Internet? Do they have the right to monopolize the airwaves and American citizens by taking this freedom and net neutrality, democracy, communication, and entertainment away from us? Tell these so-called upstanding corporations, eager for greed and control, to go back and take fiscal responsibility for their own participations in American society, pay their fair share of United States income taxes, and cease continuously trying to steal more and more of other people's pie! A vote for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a vote to: - End the internet as we know it by destroying Net Neutrality protections. - Shut off phone and internet service for people who are struggling. - Let Trump’s favorite media empire Sinclair (known for its record of racist coverage and anti-Muslim "must-run" broadcasts) get even more reach and power. Not a single senator should support that agenda. The Senate needs to stand up for what's right and vote against Ajit Pai's reappointment to the FCC. The internet is a basic necessity for me and others like me in my community. Without the open internet, we lose our ability to tell our own stories, find opportunity, and define our own destinies. I believe internet providers should not have the power to discriminate against certain types of content — especially since people of color and other marginalized folks will suffer the most. I’m urging the FCC to preserve real Net Neutrality under the existing rules and keep broadband internet access classified under Title II, and remove Ajit Pai's reappointment to the FCC. Thank you.

      Marilyn from Henderson, NV, NV

    • Net neutrality has given me the opportunity to access information and resources that enabled me to learn new skills and supplement my school education. The Internet provides countless resources for people seeking to learn.

      Ciarlene from Chula Vista, CA

    • My local broadband monoplist, Cox Communications, has recently introduced metered internet pricing. The cost of being online has suddenly jumped by 50%, all just for watching TV (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon etc.) and keeping our computers and phones safe by making sure we install updates. Because they have no competition, nothing orevents them from gouging customers like me who don;t want to pay megabucks for their Cable TV service. This abuse of monopoly power will be an increasingly onerous brake on innovation and creativity. I have already had to abandoned plans to consider 4K and HDR TV because of the extra cost of the data. ISPs provide access to the internet, but seem to think they own the internet. We, the American people, own the internet since we funded it'd development. It became a gift to the world that is being hijacked and exploited by big businesses who no longer face any meaningful regulation with the effective capture of the FCC under Pai.

      James from Phoenix, AZ

    • I depend on the free internet to run my business and to educate my children. I’m a single mom with special needs kids and the internet is integral to our family’s success on a daily basis.

      Ellie from College Park, GA

    • If we lose the free open Internet company's will take full advantage of regular people's make no mistake about it they can't be trusted to maintain a open Internet people who use the Internet to speak out on certainin issues surpressd people will to pay more money on sites they want or need to get on the Internet is important to the lives of many including dose of my family boundary must be set for companys so everyone can express themselves it's just for example Netflix vs Comcast this all Americans in ways that you need to take into account.

      Aaron from Snellville, GA

    • I have special informed on me and my family and I use Netflix

      Sabrina from Boulder co, CO

    • I do research for fundraising and grant write for a non-profit teaching farm that serves 4,000 students and community members a year using the internet.

      Rosita from Honolulu, HI

    • I use the Internet for quite a number of reasons.Also I worked in the New York City department of Education for 16 years.The children and the staff members all required use of the Internet for lesson planning and to get classwork and homework done.

      Myriam from Jamaica, NY

    • I stayed off the Internet for a very long time. Big mistake! I wouldn't want to be without it now.

      Carolyn from Pittsfield, MA

    • I make music and I sell it on the internet. I also work at a company called Playdots, Inc. that makes games on mobile platforms such as Android and iOS. None of my two jobs would exist without the internet. The Internet isn't just for tech giants. It's for ordinary, everyday people too.

      Samuel from Brooklyn, NY

    • I am retired, living on a limited income and use the internet daily for a number of things. I don't want the internet to be governed by greedy people. It needs to stay just like it is. I can't afford anymore to be added to my budget. We need the internet to keep up on the political actions that take place daily. I don't want Comcast to take over anything. I don't subscribe to cable, I use Netflix and Hulu and a couple of other sources and still it's a lot cheaper than Comcast. Don't change anything..Net Neutrality is very important to us.

      Rosalie from Saint Paul, MN

    • I run a small business selling homemade jewelry and various crafts. I also use a website to submit my art. It is a pay to print store. I utilize places like Facebook and other social media to get word of my items out. If net neutrality is disposed of, there is a huge possibility that I will no longer have ways to reach potential customers due to service providers charging websites for "fast lane" internet service. I am also hoping to self-publish several novels I have been working on. There are internet based websites that have warehouses that will print books on demand. My fear is that I will no longer have this option if net neutrality is no more.

      Leigh from Mc Gaheysville, VA

    • I am a writer and I need to connect with various sources which I use for research. I cannot afford to be placed in the slow lane.

      Peter from Los Angeles, CA

    • As a sole business proprietor, having unfettered Internet connection is crucial to my business.

      Jennifer from San Diego, CA

    • My career was greatly enhanced, almost built on KNOWING EVERYTHING about Building that an architectural firm needs to know. My secret was being a long time geek in the Internet from the start. I am very very good at quickly finding effective info on the internet and verifying it. My highest praise was always "How do you know so much". It enabled firms I was with to bid on work far beyond their experience, impress clients with their depth of knowledge in obscure specialties. The extra little something landed the work, the fees, to provide bigger cushions than other firms had in down times, letting the firm grow far faster than competitors. It enabled me to amass enough money to put me in the top quarter and provide for an early retirement. A personal and business success story aided by the Internet. Not just the Internet, but an Internet that didn't limit, either at home or office, speed, capacity, or data as I worked a dozen search windows or more at a time, simultaneously accessing whole books, codes, reports, construction drawings, specs in the rapid fire search for the pertinent few. An Internet that didn't limit where I could go, who I could search, or attempt to direct / influence searches and research to say, paying providers. It is simply AMAZING the depth of information available on an open internet for those who can find it. Truly, everything is there. Any restrictions on Internet Access as we have known it WILL STIFLE BUSINESS and PERSONAL SUCESS in America.

      Russell from Brooklyn, NY

    • MORE AND MORE, with radical politicians running for office, or other sites which are perfectly legal and unrmarkable, I get a full page warning to "WATCH OUT" because there may something wrong with the site. That is highly unlikely. More likely is that their enemies are practicing a kind of censorship by frightening people that they will get a virus.

      Forrest from Fresno, CA

    • I am retired on a limited income.I paint,make drums and sell Gourds over the internet to supplement my income.Living in a very rural area means the internet supplies me with a means to sell my product,keep up with news and communicate with family and friends.Our service is very slow and over $100 a month for 18 GB.was under the impression that money was being given to internet providers to upgrade availability,cost and speed for those of us in rural areas.It is very important to me that we are provided services here in rural Missouri Ozarks.I know of many seniors and younger people who rely on the internet for business,learning and news. Thank you for the opportunity to express the importance personally. Anne Moody 72 year old retired nurse

      Anne from Mountain View, MO

    • I own a small business. Without an open internet, I won't have a small business anymore since my website will be blocked.

      Judy from Wheeling, IL

    • As a small business owner I rely on the internet to reach clients and discover potential new projects. Without net neutrality I will become a casualty rather than a self-employed person. Don't take away my American Dream.

      Kevin from Austin, TX

    • The internet and the principals of net neutrality are akin to the principles of freedom of speech which is a protected constitutional right of the American people. Freedom of speech and freedom to express ones self including communicating ones products and services (within the bounds of public safety and legality) should be protected from any form censorship or modification by corporation or governmental figure. This must be upheld and enforced with the same levels of rigor and protection mechanisms as the Constitutions 1st amendment!

      Christopher from Saint Petersburg, FL

    • this is disgraceful! The internet is for all and the wealthy want to own more of it and use it to their advantage over us! Stop them

      Rick from La Place, LA

    • As a person with autism, I use the Internet to be heard. I use the Internet for school and other things too. So please, please do not do this

      Cheynne from Toledo, OH

    • As a textbook editor, I relied on the internet to do quick research on topics of interest to student readers. Now I use it all the time for research on purchases, investments, and medical conditions.

      Rebecca from Escondido, CA

    • I'm a nerd. Everything I do is internet related. There is not a part of my life that wouldn't be affected by the loss of a free and open internet.

      Wendy from Chapel Hill, NC

    • The internet is my connection to the world.

      Eileen from Painesville, OH

    • For 8 years I earned a living as a professional and licensed tattooer, then suddenly I was struck with carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve neuropathy. My hands shook every time I picked up a pencil let alone a tattoo machine. I was forced to quit tattooing and then I happened to start making soap. Now I earn a living selling my products on the internet. I need net neutrality to continue my business and live.

      Heather from Decatur, GA

    • I use the Internet for e-mail, of course. I make airplane reservations on the Internet and occasionally order clothes or DVDs. Sometimes I "google" if I am looking for a piece of information or the answer to a question. We all need the Internet, and it should be equally available to all of us.

      Susan from Richardson, TX

    • My only source of income at the moment is online, higher prices and slower internet would ruin me. I would also be unable to connect with a lot of family members without the internet.

      Trista from Franklin, PA

    • The Internet should remain free, i.e. with no entity imposing ANY restrictions on bandwidth or transmission, if for no other reason than to prevent additional layers of complexity to what should be a VERY simple process of transmitting packets of data from one point to another.

      Rafe from SEATTLE, WA

    • I want to give my story as an example of why removing net neutrality would contradict existing laws. I had recently been receiving a large amount of telemarketers (possibly scams) calling my cell phone despite being on the do not call list. I called Verizon and got a representative on the phone. I asked why there was nothing they could do stop these people from calling me. While I cannot quote the exact words, they said that there were laws in place to protect your ability to make phone calls. That if they were to get in the middle of who could and could not make phone calls that they would be violating my rights as a consumer. This is when I realized how erroneous of an idea it would be to remove net neutrality. This would have far greater reaching impacts than the ability to make a phone call, and they simply want to remove it? I am also appalled at the hypocrisy of the cell phone carriers who support removing net neutrality. They are obviously aware of the laws that provide for a consumer to make a phone call, but don't see it as their job to provide the same level of protection for the worlds most powerful form of communication...the internet?

      Jesse from Oklahoma City, OK

    • Keep the internet free and open, enough is enough.

      W from Atlanta, GA

    • The Internet helps me to stay in touch with family, doctors, medicine, emergency information, and current events that affect me. It's my lifeline!

      Lisa from LAWRENCE, PA

    • WE ALL NEED NET NEUTRALITY!

      David from Laipo Rd, HI

    • Comcast/Xfinity provides a great dependable service !!!

      Richard from Eugene, OR

    • The internet has been an important part of my life for a very long time. I started using the internet when I was around 8 years old and mainly used it to play games. Since then, I have used the internet for everything in my life from finding job and volunteer opportunities to communicating with family and loved ones (both immediate and extended), to my education, entertainment, current events, political activism and so much more. The internet is an important resource for every American to have and not just for the select few people who can afford it and control the content that we see. The internet is not just for entertainment, it is a necessity as it has made our lives more convenient by providing us resources we otherwise might not have. In other words, without the internet and the net neutrality rules, I along with the majority of Americans would not be able to have the resources we need to improve our lives and express ourselves.

      Briana from New York, NY

    • The deepest pockets will get to rule the country by bending information to their advantage. Too much of that is happening even now. We need a government that specializes in governing, rather than selective enrichment.

      Catherine from Eugene, OR

    • Net Neutrality is a huge concern at the moment and I'm afraid that getting rid of it will have serious consequences for all those who use the internet. As a university student and someone who strives to enter a career that heavily relies on research, access to the internet is becoming more crucial as technology continues to advance. It is important that the internet remains a tool for all people to use equally in an attempt to better understand the world around us. Whether people want to keep up to date with politics, want to further their understanding of why natural phenomena occur in the world, or to educate themselves regarding virtually any topic. An internet protected by Net Neutrality helps ensure that all this useful information is available to us so that we may grow as intellectual beings. I also use the internet during my leisure time. This helps me unwind and relax as I play video games, watch movies or television shows, or even read books. I believe that the activity most people can relate to is watching a movie or tv show through a subscription-based service, like Netflix or Hulu. Whether you are using Netflix on a console (Xbox, PlayStation, etc.), computer, smartphone, or tablet it requires a working internet connection in order to be used. This is where Net Neutrality is very important because without it Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have the ability to determine what applications get a specific internet speed. This means that if they decide that a certain application, like say Netflix, is using too many resources they can slow down the internet speed which in turn negatively impacts the person's viewing experience. I personally do not use social media but I do have close friends and family members who do and on their behalf attempt to explain to you why Net Neutrality is crucial here as well. We have a large portion of our family members living outside of the country and the most convenient way that we keep in contact is through social media. Ensuring that Net Neutrality remains in place helps safeguard the information that people are able to see in their social media feeds. Without it, ISPs have the ability to control and block what information their customers are able to see. This provides an unsettling amount of power for large corporations over the open internet. The aforementioned instances are just the tip of the iceberg and a few ways that the abolishment of Net Neutrality will affect me. I am afraid that getting rid of Net Neutrality will be the beginning of a road that leads to a stricter and more censored internet. If that were to occur I can only see the negative outweighing any sort of positives. So please, I urge the policymakers to continue supporting the fight for Net Neutrality. It is our only hope of ensuring the valuable tool known as the internet is equally available to all. I thank you for your time.

      Jose from Anaheim, CA

    • We MUST preserve Ney Neutrality! Millions of people rely on it every single dayfor work, school and play, Without an Open & Free Internet, BUSINESSES will suffer because their employees will not be able to properly do their jobs! This will ENDANGER people! PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY!! KEEP OUR INTERNET OPEN & FREE!!

      Gina from Apple Creek, OH

    • I have seen big corporations grow bigger. Every time, they raise consumer prices. Millions can't afford a product that should be treated as public domain like radio and TV waves. Big corporations have taken over the country by buying members of Congress through their lobbyists. Enough already!

      Jacquelyn from Boulder, CO

    • BLAST FROM THE PAST Our free airwaves were taken over by corporations (TV and Radio). Now, it seems we get 40 minutes of every hour that are commercial advertising, if we are lucky we have 20 min. of what we tuned in to enjoy. If you don't want so many commercials, they made it so you have to pay for access to a better format. Once they have got you paying for something that you use all the time, you lose and they line their pockets. That's what capitalism is all about. If it were anything else, they would call it an addiction and outlaw it. They have us addicted to the internet and NOW they want you to start paying them for using it on top of the service (like cable tv), while dictating quality and quantity! ...No Way, Not Again!!

      Stephen from Bonita Springs, FL

    • In this age of staying current politically - I can not afford slow connectivity and expensive data packages

      Anuradha from Greenlawn, NY

    • The internet was developed with taxpayer monies by the federal government and must not be privatized for corporate financial gain. It belongs to all citizens for their use. It is a part of the commons.

      Joan from Minneapolis, MN

    • I'm a 71 year old woman who spends much of my time at home on the computer. I communicate with my friends and family through email. It is a valued and easy way to reach out to those you love, to those you don't love and to those you wish to love. It is a conduit to the current news - both fake and real - and allows me to be informed. It allows me, as a consumer, to purchase goods for all purposes including those which are hard to find, those which are gifts for others and even necessities and clothing for myself. The internet was created for information gathering and sharing. It allows us to be an integral part of life and even enjoy the arts in the safety of our own home. And yes, the internet is a two-edged sword providing the immoral and unethical to take what is not theirs. But that's life either on the internet or off. The internet was created by people for people in a country that prides itself on Freedom of Expression/Speech. Take away our internet and the freedom of its use and you take away that freedom. We then become a shadow of what we used to be and become the image of what we fought against. NET NEUTRALITY IS IMPORTANT TO ME AS A HUMAN BEING, AS A WOMAN AND AS AN AMERICAN.

      Madeleine from Los Angeles, CA

    • I run a small business creating handmade jewelry. Without net neutrality, it will be tough to sell my creations, keep up with my customers and buy more metal and stones. I also find out about art shows and events in my area and across the country. Without net neutrality my income will be curtailed.

      Anne from Novelty, OH

    • Comcast is a monopoly who behaves monopolistically in NJ.

      Ba from Jersey City, NJ

    • My Granddaughter,who lives with us uses it for school. My wife and I use it for medical and health information.I have coronary artery disease and my wife has type 2 diabetes.She suffered a mini stroke last year.As we age and more health concerns come at us,we use it more.We pay way too much on medicine.We could not afford to pay more for the internet.

      Raymond from Harborcreek, PA

    • I am a writer who utilizes the Internet to conduct research in order to get certain projects done. Without Net Neutrality, it will be almost impossible to get work like mine done that I hope to get published one day. The internet is a free space that I can easily explore without being blocked by certain regulations.

      Mark from Saint Francis, WI

    • I use it to find out about events in my are and research books and check events happening at the local library. And some shopping also on line.

      Marya from Lafayette, LA

    • I an an arts journalist. I use the Internet to do research on the people and things which I write about. Yes, libraries are essential resources. But unfortunately, few, save the largest and most well-funded ones (most of which are located many miles from where I live and work) possess the type of up-to-date information that I require. In short, the Internet makes my job possible. Allowing cable companies to turn the Internet as we know it into "Cable TV, Mark II" would likely deprive me of a vital source of information.

      Paul from Binghamton, NY

    • Our democracy requires the Internet to be Neutral. Take away its neutrality, and you will surely kill our democracy in a slow ugly death.

      Chad from Salt Lake City, UT

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