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What Can You Do About Net Neutrality?

on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:04pm

As you have likely already read, recently the FCC's "net neutrality rules were partially struck down today by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said the Commission did not properly justify its anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules."  Read more on the Ars Technica story.  Likewise this longer, more critical story from the Verge goes into more detail about the background of this issue.  At any rate, we're saddened to hear about this recent decision, although we hold out hope that ensuring fair access to bandwidth on the Internet remains within the authority of the FCC.  That agency has served well for nearly a century, stewarding over the shared media (airwaves, etc) which we all depend on for our daily lives.

Indeed, it was through action of the FCC which permitted WiFi (and WasabiNet!) to come into existence in the first place!

In the meantime, we recommend you read (and sign!) this petition on the White House site calling for the FCC to finally reclassify Internet broadband as a telecommunications service.  That petition runs an excellent chance of meeting the threshold of required signatures to prompt a response from the Obama Administration.

Additionally, please also take a minute to read this excellent story from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, on the importance of building our own, community-owned and community-managed Internet infrastructure.