Greetings! Brothers and Sisters, If it ain’t one battle it’s another. Straight to the point. I took time out to let you all know (if you don’t know already) that the free and open Internet is at risk of becoming extinct if we don’t act in some form or another. I got wind of this knowledge around New Year’s Eve when I was listening to one of Prof. Griff and Zaza Ali’s latest weekly interviews on Brother Rich’s Underground Railroad Radio Talk Show on Youtube (I’m sure some of you if not all are already familiar with this show). Prof. Griff mentioned some info about the fight to keep the Internet free and open called Net Neutrality; this REALLY got my attention.
Net neutrality means that your cell, cable, and internet connection services should treat all websites and services equally. Big corporations like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast want to treat websites and services differently so that they charge us more depending on what we use. Which means that using sites and services like Youtube, Skype, Email, Gaming, Facebook, etc will no longer be free to use! A simple task like sending an email to a friend could become a hassle. In addition, this is a THREAT to free speech, personal privacy, etc. According to time.com the FCC (Federal Communication Commissions) will be voting on new net neutrality rules on February 26th (read it @ http://time.com/3684358/internet-countdown-net-neutrality-fcc/) that may allow the big corporations to have their way!
I researched info on net neutrality and signed the petition at the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) website and I am asking you all to go to aclu.org/net-neutrality, read the information in more details, and sign the petition. They will also ask for your email address to receive updates about this and other battles going to protect civil liberties. Please pass this information along to as many people as possible; to other bloggers, to your followers, family, friends, co-workers, and others ASAP. Other websites that have information (some others may have petitions too) are: Free Press: Save the Internet (savetheinternet.com/net–neutrality), The Open Internet (theopeninter.net/), The Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org/issues/net–neutrality), and The White House (whitehouse.gov/net–neutrality). Thank you!
*Please Note: The ACLU say that the FCC is supposed to vote at the end of this year, which I suppose as of Dec 31, 2014 meant the end of 2014, but people are still signing the petition**