Who are the threats to the free and open use of the internet?
When the net neutrality rules were adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the major players in the broadband industry immediately filed a case calling for a repeal of the regulations. Despite the federal appeals court decision upholding the protections provided by net neutrality, these internet service providers did not let up and still continue to challenge the rules in court.
In Congress, those opposing the net neutrality rules have done everything in their power to compromise them, filing various misleading bills.
What is Title II and why is it important?
Title II provides authority to the FCC to make sure that big phone and cable companies will not do anything to interfere, block, or censor web traffic, as well as a level playing field for everyone. Simply put, Title II helps protect internet users, and this is exactly what the current FCC leadership aims to destroy.
What is the significance of net neutrality to the people of color?
The free and open internet we are enjoying right now makes it possible to promote and enable racial and social justice. In this age when the mainstream media ignore and misrepresent communities of color, the internet offers a platform where these groups can share their stories and let their voices be heard.
Why should businesses care about net neutrality?
The internet makes it possible for small businesses to promote their brand online, reach out to their target markets, and engage with them. The ability to freely and openly use the internet without interference or control, a business cannot take off and be profitable.