Tell the FCC: Protect Our Access to Lifesaving Communications
In times of emergency, like the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to access lifesaving information and communicate with each other is essential — yet without Title II Net Neutrality, it is by no means guaranteed. Less than one month after Trump’s FCC repealed Net Neutrality, this became shockingly clear — when Verizon was caught throttling firefighters’ data during a massive wildfire in California.
When the FCC scrapped Net Neutrality and its legal foundation, Title II, it gave big ISPs like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon free rein to tamper with the communications networks we rely on — with nothing more than voluntary pledges to hold them back.
Abandoning Title II didn’t just give ISPs the ability to throttle our traffic, block our content and engage in paid prioritization. The decision also stripped the FCC of its ability to protect our privacy online, promote the broadband competition we need for affordable service options, ensure that ISPs disclose hidden fees, guarantee reasonable broadband access for people with disabilities, and much more.
To say that this is unacceptable is a gross understatement.
Demand that the FCC reinstate Net Neutrality and Title II authority now and protect our access to lifesaving communications services.