THE big telecom companies, verizon, at&t, comcast and all the others were defeated
in the battle for Net Neutrality with the FCC's 26 FEB 16 vote to keep the internet free and open. Now these same companies are trying another tactic to control our access to the Net. Their zero-rating plans and data caps will cost you more and limit your access to a free and open internet. We all need to fight back. Just as millions of people, over 4 million, wrote the FCC demanding Net Neutrality be protected and guaranteed, we need the same kind of response to defeat the telecom companies again. Don't be tired of the fight. Democracy is not a spectator sport, and defending democracy isn't done just by voting. Just imagine how this years presidential election might turn out without net neutrality. We can win this fight too, see below for more information and click here or on a link below to send a message to the FCC demanding (you do have the right to demand) the FCC stop the telecoms and save Net Neutrality. From Demand Progress and +Daily Kos
Fight back! Choose your ISP and submit a complaint to the FCC! Your complaint will be filed and the FCC will follow up directly.
Internet service could get worse with these sneaky tricks
Now, the same cable and phone companies who fought against net neutrality are inventing new ways to dodge the FCC’s rules.
They are creating questionable ways to prioritize content which violate the principles of net neutrality.
Here’s what’s happening:
AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Comcast have created special “zero-rating” schemes that exempt certain kinds of content from a customer’s data plan.
Telecom companies are advertising this service as a "free" or "special offer," but everything comes with a cost from your telecom company.
With zero-rating schemes in place, ISPs are able to act as gatekeepers to the kind of content their customers consume. While they’re not blocking content outright, the ability to make some content free and some content costly gives ISPs the power to massively tilt the playing field to favor their own content or the content of sites and services who pay the ISPs to get the same kind of preferential treatment.
Websites like Daily Kos would be more costly to access than a website like Fox News, which can afford to pay for priority service. This has profound impacts on democratic, political, and free speech.
Zero rating also gives ISPs the power to pick winners or losers online – exactly the problem the net neutrality rules sought to prevent. And if that’s not bad enough, zero rating gives the ISPs an incentive to keep data caps low and data prices high.
Zero rating goes against net neutrality, and the FCC must stop this practice.