Opposes FCC's Plans

RECEIVED Fri., May 16, 2014

Dear Editor,
    Can you imagine a world without net neutrality? The Federal Communications Commission has decided to advance a proposal that would create Internet fast lanes. This means that corporate Internet service providers (ISPs) get to decide which sites will be more accessible to the public and which sites are booted to the “slow lane.” Sites which can afford to pay the most or those with content most agreeable with corporate interest will most likely take priority over smaller, less mainstream competitors.
    A free and open Internet, providing us with equal access to all kinds of information is critically threatened now. Portals of communication are at risk of being shut. It is our job to speak up and protect the freedom of the Internet! The FCC is allowing 120 days (from March 15) of public comment before it makes its final decision on this plan that could demolish net neutrality.
    People of Austin, let our voices be heard! If you enjoy a free, nondiscriminatory Internet, I urge you to contact Chairman Wheeler of the FCC, or to contact your representative, and let them know you are opposed to the FCC’s plan. Better yet, urge them to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. May our combined voices carry much weight.
    Austin Chronicle, please jump on board by helping spread the word.
Rebecca McGehee
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