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Sign the Petition: save a fair and open Internet!

by Suzanne Bonamici

The Internet has revolutionized our world over the past two decades. When my children were born, I had never imagined that one day I would be able to video-chat with them from across the country. Today the world is more connected than ever before.

The search and social media services we consider indispensable were created by budding entrepreneurs who started in dorm rooms and garages.

And what made this innovation possible? A fair and open Internet where large corporations and tiny startups have equal access and a level playing field. Popular sites like YouTube and Netflix did not need major financial backing or permission to launch – they just did it and people joined in.

Now the Internet as we know it is being threatened by a proposed rule change that is under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This change would create “fast lanes” for those who can pay a premium – leaving “slow lanes” for everyone else. Essentially, some Internet providers would be able to charge a fee to allow companies to reach users faster, creating a “pay to play” environment that would end the tradition of “net neutrality” that helped make the Internet what it is today.

Who wins if we lose net neutrality? Those that can buy up the “fast lanes” and create barriers for smaller competitors that cannot afford to keep up. It will increase costs, leave consumers with fewer options, and stifle innovation.

What can we do to stop this proposal from moving forward? The FCC is collecting public commentary as they consider this proposed rule change. It’s time to make your voice heard: Please sign this petition calling on the FCC to preserve the fair and open Internet!

Together we can halt this damaging proposal from moving forward. Thank you for joining me.

Posted on July 24, 2014.