The FCC just released the full text of the historic Net Neutrality rules that MoveOn members like you have fought for for nearly a decade, and they confirm that we've won a huge victory—and that Comcast, Verizon, and their friends in Congress continue to lie.
Now, Republicans in Congress are putting the three FCC commissioners who stood with us and voted for an open Internet through the ringer—with not one, not two, but three hearings this week on the new Net Neutrality rules. And two more hearings the week after.
We need to let the FCC commissioners who did the right thing know that we've got their back—that Internet users everywhere appreciate what they've done to stand with us, and that they've got our support as they approach the gauntlet.
We'll deliver your signatures this week as these hearings get underway, so that the the FCC, members of Congress, and the media know that these historic Net Neutrality rules are here to stay.
Our friends at Fight for the Future put together this easy-to-read summary of the contents of the FCC Net Neutrality rules that was so helpful we wanted to pass it along:
You can read them in full here—but since it's 313 pages (of fiery, Comcast-slaying justice), we wanted to give you a quick rundown of what the rules do and don't do. But don't stop reading after the summary, because Comcast is already on the attack and there's more to do right now.
- ISPs and their friends in government can't block you from visiting a website. So you can visit any site that you want.
- They can't slow down access to websites. So the sites you want to visit will come to you as quickly as the sites Comcast wishes you were visiting.
- They can't speed up or make certain websites load faster. This is absolutely critical, because if they could speed up certain sites, that functionally means slowing down other sites.
- They can't get between you and any content, application, service, or anything else that you want to access online. That is explicitly one of the rules. Just in case the other rules don't cover something.
- There are no new taxes or fees anywhere in the rules, and there's nothing limiting investment. At all. Period.
All of that is to say two simple, wonderful words: we won. And not only that, we won because of the work of people like you. Activism is mentioned time and again in the rules, and there's barely an article written that doesn't talk about it.
(Thanks, Fight for the Future, for that great summary!)
Thanks for all you do.
–Maria, Victoria, Jadzia, Milan, and the rest of the team
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