National Net Neutrality Rules Have Officially Disappeared

Today marks the day that national net neutrality rules officially disappear.

As you may know, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted six months ago to repeal the rules, which regulated major telecommunications companies and made the internet an even playing field for all. It is telling that more than 20 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the repeal from taking effect. The Senate also passed a measure to preserve the law a month ago but the House refused to act on it in time.

When will politicians begin to listen to their constituents?

What the repeal means for all of us is this: internet providers, rather than internet users, now control the web.

Internet providers will now have the opportunity to prioritize their own content and holdings above others, making it difficult for smaller websites to compete with the YouTubes and Googles of the world. Consumers will most likely be charged more for access to certain websites the providers don’t want us to see. These changes won’t happen overnight, but they will happen.

So, what can we do now?

Vote!

 

The next step to protecting Net Neutrality is Congress passing a bill to define it and protect it. That has to happen in 2019.
 
  • Do your research and make sure to ask any candidates where they stand on net neutrality and vote those who oppose it, or refuse to publicly support it, out of office.
  • Write to your senators and representatives, and make sure your voices are heard - especially on election day. 
 
Net neutrality is one of the issues I have taken to heart the most, since the beginning of my campaign in April 2017, and which you can read about on my website. I feel very strongly that we need it now more than ever.
Deedra Abboud for U.S. Senate