The net neutrality fight is also about protecting your privacy online


Source: Hill, The
Author: Sandra Fulton
Coverage Type: op-ed
Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

[Commentary] If there's anything lawmakers should have learned from activists over the past few years it's this: Do not make the internet angry.

In March, congressional Republicans once again felt the wrath of the internet community when they reversed the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules. The blowback from the vote was massive, prompting members of Congress to hide from angry constituents. Now President Donald Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai are digging even deeper and looking to overturn the historic 2015 Net Neutrality win. If they think the internet is going to take that sitting down, they have another think coming. The internet community and allied companies come together to remind President Trump, Chairman Pai and Congress that millions of people in America have made their support for net neutrality known. They know that the repeal of net neutrality means the end of real privacy protections, means paying more for worse service — and enables companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to decide how you use the internet.

[Sandra Fulton is the government relations manager for Free Press Action Fund]

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