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Who to Email if You Want to Save the Open Web

US-FCC-Seal.svgThe FCC has taken it upon themselves by removing laws protecting the flow of internet data, and in doing so, unelashed a torrent of media criticism. All of it warranted.

If you have been able to avoid all of the press-related denigration, you are a rare reader, but here some of the great stories outlining problems when the FCC removes current restrictions:

Killing Net Neutrality Kills the Dreams of Young Entrepreneurs

Tech companies split on FCC’s ‘fast lanes’

The Perfect and the Good on Network Neutrality

Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy

There are plenty more…

 

Of course, we think if you have an opinion, it’s best to go straight to the source. You should email your respective Senator and express your opinions. You can also email FCC officials directly, since they’ve asked for the public to respond – given the black tarnish that recent news outlet have been dishing. Either way, this new law could change the speed of your favorite websites and it could change the way broadband and Wi-Fi will be distributed. for his part, Tom Wheeler has even taken it upon himself to clarify some of the decisions. If you are interested, you can catch up on the news on the FCC blog:

To be clear, this is what the Notice will propose:

  1. That all ISPs must transparently disclose to their subscribers and users all relevant information as to the policies that govern their network;
  2. That no legal content may be blocked; and
  3. That ISPs may not act in a commercially unreasonable manner to harm the Internet, including favoring the traffic from an affiliated entity.

To contact the FCC, you can send your letter to this email address: openinternet@fcc.gov. IT was created specifically to receive public comments on this subject.

To contact each of the the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov

 

The above list of contacts and every state representative were shared via Reddit by user Mikfoz. Other users were quick to chime in on advice when calling each state senator:

First, call your Senators and Representatives (only your own, or you will be ignored) and tell them you want the FCC to classify broadband Access as a “Title II telecommunications service.” these are the magic words that — under the Communications Act — let the FCC tell companies “this is like a telephone call, between the people involved, not something you get involved in — you are hired to move the information, not mess with it.”

Remember “I support Title II.” Otherwise, the carriers can mess with the traffic and we’re only debating the details of how much they can mess with it. - from user BigBangBrosTheory

 

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