Advocates For Consumer Rights

NET NEUTRALITY

NOTE: AFCR was one of the first local organizations in the nation to take on this issue and we’ve seemingly won. It was gratifying to see our communications and networking take on a life of its own and grow and spread. Today we all celebrate! – Scott Foster, Communications Director.

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June 15, 2016

Give yourself a high five, Scott.

Because enough supporters like you spoke up to defend an open Internet, we’re celebrating a huge victory. On Tuesday, a top U.S. federal court upheld some of the strongest Net Neutrality rules in the world after Big Telecom giants tried for a year to undo them.

The long-awaited decision continues the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s prohibition of Internet slow lanes and sends a strong signal to Canada and the European Union,[3] which are each currently reviewing their own Net Neutrality rules.

The ruling that high-speed Internet should be viewed as a utility equally accessible to all Americans came in response to a Big Telecom challenge to the FCC’s Open Internet Order,[4] which came into effect last June, after a campaign that saw millions of people speak out for an open Internet.

And you helped! But the fight for an open Internet is far from over, and we’ll need to stay vigilant to protect these gains. Will you chip in $10 to keep supporting us?

This win would never have happened without one of the longest and most sustained campaigns for the open Internet in history.

Over five million people in total spoke out through campaigns such as our joint StopTheSlowdown.net campaign to win strong Net Neutrality rules last year.

Then in September, OpenMedia worked with our partners at Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Daily Kos, Color of Change, Roots Action and others to file a “People’s Brief” to ensure that the court understood the importance of Net Neutrality.

Of course, we may have won this battle, but the war to keep the Internet open and free is still on.

Big Telecom have vowed to keep fighting, and are even threatening to take this to the Supreme Court, a bill before the U.S. Congress could gut the FCC’s power, and regulators in both Canada and the European Union need to commit to transparent, enforceable Net Neutrality laws.

Katy Anderson
OpenMedia