The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has introduced a plan to repeal the Obama era rules that have kept the internet fair and open. These are the so-called “net neutrality” rules that have been in place since 2015.
Ending net neutrality would put big internet service providers (ISP) like AT&T and Comcast in charge of the internet. This will result in higher prices and inferior service for most Americans. This change would make it harder for small business sites to be noticed by their customers. Moreover, this rule change could even make it more difficult for progressive causes to use the internet to organize and engage supporters.
On net neutrality – like most other issues – Representative Jeff Fortenberry has sided with the special interests over his constituents. On February 17, 2011, Fortenberry voted with most other House Republicans to block financing of the Obama Administration’s net neutrality regulations.
In a similar vote earlier this year, Fortenberry once again voted with the out of state special interest groups that fund his campaigns. On March 28, Fortenberry voted to allow ISPs to sell your browsing history. (Will Fortenberry share his browsing history with the voters?) Trump subsequently signed that legislation into law.
I would urge everybody to call the FCC at 1 (888) 225-5322 to urge them to maintain the net neutrality rules. Please also call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121 and urge them to do the same! Thanks.