Federal Communications Commissioners are in favor of advancing a proposal that could dramatically reshape the way consumers experience the Internet. This move opens the possibility of Internet service providers charging Web sites for higher-quality delivery of their content to American consumers.
Although not final, the plan was approved in a three-to-two vote along party lines, could unleash a new economy on the Web where Internet service providers could charge a Web site for faster video streaming. The proposal would prohibit telecom firms from outright blocking Web sites.
The FCC’s proposal launches a fight between two of the most powerful industries using the world wide web. On one side, Silicon Valley, and on the other, companies such as Verizon and AT&T that built the pipes delivering Web content to consumers’ homes. The telecom companies argue that without being able to charge tech firms for higher-speed connections, they will be unable to invest in faster connections for consumers.
Everyone who uses the Internet should care about NET NEUTRALITY.
Contact the FCC Commissioners and let them knpw how you feel about this important issue:
Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov