What You Can Do about Net Neutrality
So now that I’ve outlined all the shenanigans around broadband, what’s a person to do about it? Well there’s a few things.
First, you can sign the Net neutrality petition at Whitehouse.gov and remember, at 100,00 signatures, the White House must respond.
Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (that link fills it all in for you) to express your concern about the need for an open Internet. Contact your representatives and tell them too. Below is an easy copy/paste email for the contact forms:
I am writing to you regarding the current issues around net neutrality. I believe Internet access is a necessity of modern life, and it is going to be restricted by the current “fast lane” proposal by the FCC. Now ISPs have monopolies in many areas and want to be paid even more than they already are to maintain current levels of access, which would be considered substandard in most of the rest of the world. There is no reason for ISPs to modify traffic speeds or give preferential treatment to any group aside from further profit.
There are a number of suggestions from FreePress.net on their Net Neutrality site. Choose what you can do, from sending an email to coordinating volunteers or meeting with your representatives.
When you get your cable bill each month, there is a Local Franchise Authority listed on it. You can call them and complain. This is the organization that grants monopoly authority to broadband providers, and can take it away.
Each of these may not seem like much for just one person, but what if you did it and asked someone else to call or email too? That’s twice as many people right there. And if they tell two friends, and so on, then maybe something will actually change for the better.
Bryan Chaffin contributed to this article.