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LAST CALL TO SUBMIT COMMENTS TO THE FCC ABOUT NET NEUTRALITY!!

I have been incredibly busy and apologize for not having had time to update my posts on the FCCs proposed "Pay to Play" rule, which would seriously endanger Net Neutrality and our ability to freely publish online without being marginalized to an internet slow lane. I woke up today realizing that it was the last day for us to submit our comments to the FCC website, and found several tools from petition sites that will make this easier for many of us. I had already submitted comments, but wrote another long and impassioned plea in which my World Pulse sisters played a starring role and submitted it using CredoAction's link.

If you are still unfamiliar with this issue, I encourage you to read my post in the Resources section of World Pulse and my previous posts in my journal, as well as the excellent comments many WP sisters have left on them. Here are some current messages from others urging us all to weigh in and make our voices heard, with links that will forward your comment directly to the FCC public comment site:

CredoAction has published a tool on their petition site that will forward your comment directly to the FCC public comment website HERE> I am not sure if this is only accessible to people in the US, so I encourage you again to send your story to a friend in the US so they can relay it to the FCC for you as part of their own comment.

Credo Action's message to us: "Net Neutrality is important because the Internet is an essential service people rely on to conduct our most basic daily affairs, from applying for a job to finding a home, to running a small business. And our right to communicate freely and be heard lies at the heart of our ability to participate equally in our democracy.

"A string of federal court cases has made it abundantly clear that the FCC has the power to enforce strong Net Neutrality rules, but only if the FCC goes through the process of undoing a terrible Bush-era decision to deregulate broadband instead of treating it like the vital public utility it has become.

"Chairman Wheeler says that he wants to preserve the open Internet. But his proposal explicitly states a preference for not reclassifying broadband -- the one and only thing that will allow the FCC to protect Net Neutrality and ban discrimination on the Internet.

"The public can’t be silent in the face of this. You can bet that Chairman Wheeler will be hearing from the army of lobbyists who work for the big telecoms intent on destroying Net Neutrality.

"We need to make sure he also hears from us. Don't delay. Click this link to submit a public comment today."

Rachel Kolyer of DailyKos.com has this to say: "With less than one week until the FCC July 15 deadline for the first round of public comments in the fight for real net neutrality rules, we need to maximize pressure on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to treat the internet as a public utility. And I happen to know just how to do that.

Two months ago, because of the enormous amounts of grassroots activism the Daily Kos community generated in opposition to FCC Chairman Tim Wheeler’s proposal to allow internet “fast lanes,” I had the opportunity to meet personally with Chairman Wheeler.

In that conversation, the Chairman made it clear that personal comments from real people, telling real stories about how the end of Net Neutrality would impact them, are the comments he reads and gives the most credence to.

Now, before the July 15 comment deadline, these are exactly the sort of personal comments we need you to send directly to Tom Wheeler.

This is a big ask. It is not just clicking a button or signing your name. We’re asking you to take five minutes from your day to write a personal email to the FCC explaining how the creation of a two-tiered internet will impact your life.

Will you give us a few minutes of your time? This is how you can make the biggest difference to save net neutrality, and thus Daily Kos.

Please click here to write and send the FCC your personal story and thoughts about why an open internet, free from corporate control by AT&T, Time Warner, Comcast, and Verizon is essential to your life.

At Daily Kos, we’ve made this as easy for you as possible--when you click through to our landing page, you will be able to write your message, enter your name, and send the email directly to the FCC.

We’ve provided a few writing prompts for you, if you need some inspiration. But please don't send exactly what we have suggested. The most important thing is that the email comes from you, in your words, to urge Chairman Wheeler to protect real net neutrality.

Please, take a few minutes to write and send your thoughts to the FCC. This may be our best way to protect the future of an open internet." CLICK HERE

These public comments matter. The FCC is listening to what the public has to say, and a strong public outcry could force the FCC to abandon this flawed plan. More than 100,000 people have submitted public comments, overwhelmingly in opposition to the FCC's telecom-friendly plan.

Another petition plays on the fact that although an overwhelming number of comments opposing the proposed Pay to Play rule and in favor of protecting an open internet with real net neutrality have been posted at the FCC website, chairman Tom Wheeler has made no effort to schedule public hearings.

Before Chairman Wheeler considers passing rules which could end net neutrality and open the door for pay-to-play lanes, he should face the American public.

Sign and send the petition: Demand FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hold public field hearings on net neutrality.

Even US Senators Bernie Sanders, Al Franken and Cory Booker are taking action! "At a time of increased corporate control over the media and the flow of information, it is absolutely imperative that the Internet remain on a level playing field, open to all.

"Whether you are a major news corporation or a one-person blogging operation, whether you are Walmart or a family-owned small business, there should be net neutrality for all.

"Right now the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering a rule that would allow large Internet providers like Verizon and Comcast to charge businesses for faster access to Internet users. This rule would give large corporations yet another advantage over small Internet companies and average citizens. These types of pay-to-play agreements will end the democratic foundation of the Internet, and strike a major blow against the free flow of ideas.

"Join me and my colleague Senator Al Franken in protecting net neutrality so that big telecom can’t pick winners and losers online.

"Our free and open Internet has made invaluable contributions to democracy here in the United States and around the world. We must not allow the FCC to let big corporations to turn a profit by putting a fee on the free flow of ideas." http://save-the-internet.com/sanders

For those who cannot submit their comment directly to the FCC, you can still make your voice heard by signing one of these international petitions. Many continued thanks to Mary S, who brought them to my attention:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/internet_apocalypse_loc/
https://www.change.org/petitions/tom-wheeler-save-net-neutrality

Friends and sisters, this is our last chance to do out part to preserve Net Neutrality and ensure a level playing field for all of us on the internet. Let's prove that Women Weave the Web and flip the script on Net Neutrality! Take a few minutes today to make your own contribution and take a stand alongside the many activists, elected officials, and concerned individuals who are fighting for our right to a free, open and fair internet.

IMPORTANT ADDITION: LeanaM has informed me that the Women Weave the Web campaign has a partner in Access who is also fighting for Net Neutrality. Anyone in the world can submit their comment using the form at this link: ACCESS: FCC, Protect Net Neutrality Remember the deadline is July 15, so submit your comment today!!

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Comments

LeanaM's picture

Thank you for sharing!

Hanasazi, thank you for posting this - I was going to share as well, but you beat me to it! One other way to get involved is via our WWW: Women Weave the Web Campaign partners at Access, who are working on a campaign to preserve Net Neutrality.

hanasazi's picture

Ooh! Thanks for the tip! I

Ooh! Thanks for the tip! I didn't know we had a partner to work with and will go check out access now!
Blessings to you my friend!
Hannah

hanasazi's picture

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!

So many of us submitted public comment before yesterday’s deadline that the FCC’s website ACTUALLY BROKE because it was so overwhelmed by all the traffic. CREDO Action ensured that all comments submitted through their links were successfully delivered to the FCC. I haven't heard from the other sites about this.

In response, the FCC has extended its deadline until Friday. Please submit your comment to the FCC website using one of the links in the post above by Friday!

The Access community recently flooded Mexican lawmakers with emails in response to threats to net neutrality and online privacy in the telecommunications and broadcasting law Ley de Telecomunicaciones y Radiodifusión. Thanks to activist pressure, when the bill was signed into law earlier this week, many of the anti-net neutrality provisions were gone.

This is a big victory for internet users in Mexico.

Thanks to your actions, the "Ley Telecom" now stops powerful internet service providers from creating paid “fast lanes” by charging more for faster content delivery. It keeps companies from “obstructing, interfering, inspecting, filtering, or discriminating against content, services, or applications,” which keeps the internet open for innovation, free speech, and equal access to information.

But the fight isn’t over. The bill still includes harsh new surveillance and data retention mandates and would allow for mobile network shutdowns. But not all is lost — we can fight to stop these damaging provisions from being implemented.

kkrompas's picture

Thank you for posting this. I

Thank you for posting this. I was unaware of this serious issue.

hanasazi's picture

I'm so glad you've found out now!

Now that the FCCs public comment period has ended, there is a new time period open during which one can discuss the comments that others left earlier. If you are in the States, you can still weigh in on this issue by doing this at the FCC website!

Tam's picture

Critical Issue

Hello Hanasazi,

Thank you so much for laying this out for us. Even though the date has passed, it is such good news that the response has been overwhelmingly strong. And as you have mentioned, we can and must still keep a close eye on this and on how we can continue to push for ongoing net neutrality. For those of us who are not in the USA, we can still sign up with Access as you have suggested and keep posted for further comment possibilities. It is also great news that World Pulse is connected to Access.

Canada has a few "safeguards" in place by legislating Internet providers as part of "telecom regulation", rather than "information service." The Telecommunications Act states that no Canadian carrier can "unjustly discriminate or give an undue or unreasonable preference toward any person, including itself, or subject any person to an undue or unreasonable disadvantage." I thought that this info might be helpful, however in fact, the internet between the USA and Canada is so intertwined, as it is globally, that whatever happens in this decision in the USA affects us all, as we all use USA servers. Now that we have World Pulse and our own network to be in touch with each other, I am fiercely protective of what we finally have with each other! I really appreciate your news and information, Hanasazi.
Tam

Jumi's picture

Thanks for taking action

Dear hanasazi:

Thanks for taking action on this clearly important issue about net neutrality. I hope the government hears the people and do the right thing.

Marah Mbine Ngole Epie's picture

Thanks for the Cry!

Hello Hanazi!
Sincerely, I read your piece at least twice. This is because I recognised this big phrase again: 'Net Neutrality'.
About mid July this year I registered to attend a seminar back home in Cameroon on this subject. I later on changed my mind, as it seemed like it was a subject out of my domain, and for the Telecommunication services.
The subject is indeed an eye opener, because as an average citizen, my Internet usage is affected negatively, and so many others, particularly women who are being encouraged to explore the world of the New Information and Communication Technology.
Yes, I have submitted my personal comment to FCC / CREDO Action, to help keep the Internet very open, free and affordadable.
I am tempted to write back to I-Vission Cameroon and join their network to promote net neutrality and communicate to change lives.
At World Pulse no one speaks for me, I speak for myself. More and more we keep discovering ourselves... I appreciate your input and encouragement. Meet you again soon!

Marah
Vocal Contributor/Community Listener

PohChing's picture

Thank you

Thank you for sharing this piece of information!!!

binapatel33's picture

Thank you

I loved your post and your strong ability to make the internet a necessity. Thank you for your hard work and contribution towards helping people. This is simply amazing!

Bina

Kind Regards,
Bina Patel
hc Mediate, LLC
www.hcmediate.com

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thank You

Thank you my dear sister for sharing such vital information. Please continue with your hard work and compassion for helping people because it is because of people like you that the world will be a better place. We have to strive to ensure that the world is one day equal for all of us. Continue with your hard work my dear sister as we are here for you.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

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