I won’t pretend to know all of the intricate details of the FCC’s ruling today to repeal net neutrality. If you want to learn more about how this affects you as a consumer of digital media and the internet itself, please read what the Internet Creators Guild has to say. They’ll be much more informative and accurate than I am.
That said, I need to apologize for not using this podcast and the platform it has created – however small – to talk more about the subject with you. As a creator myself, this isn’t something to just brush off. I feel terrible that I didn’t talk about it, either on the podcast or here on the website.
I will avoid any deep political conversations here, but I want to quote Mignon Clyburn, an FCC Commissioner, who spoke today and moved me with her passion and common sense:
Each of us raised our right hands when we were sworn in as FCC Commissioners, took an oath and promised to uphold our duties and responsibilities ‘to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination… a rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges.’ Today the FCC majority officially abandons that pledge and millions have taken note.
It is our government’s job to give a larger voice to the citizens who elected them. I am extremely thankful to Commissioner Clyburn for doing her job. You can read her entire dissenting statement here.
As sad as this decision may be at the current moment, it is not the end of the fight. I strongly encourage you to push your local politicians to repeal today’s vote. Go to battleforthenet.com and tell Congress you want them to reverse the FCC ruling for net neutrality. I promise, they’ve made the process extremely easy for you. It’ll be worth it in the end.
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