10 Reasons Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality


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It's Decision Time
Comedian John Oliver's tirade triggered a deluge of comments to the FCC website over net neutrality back in 2014. And he voiced his opposition again in 2017. Jemal Countess/Getty Images

The final and most important reason to care about net neutrality right now is that it's still up for debate.

On April 27, 2017, FCC chairman Ajit Pai released proposed legislation that would roll back the Obama-era rules protecting net neutrality. Pai has called for a return to the "light touch" regulation of ISPs that relieves internet providers from the "burdensome" reporting requirements and stifling rules of Title II [source: FCC].

The FCC will vote on the rules changes on December 14, and since three of the five members of commission's voting board are Republicans, the rollback of net neutrality protections is expected to pass.

Tens of millions of Americans have taken to the FCC website to comment on the legislation, but it's unclear whether their voice will be heard over the megaphone of corporate donors. If we've convinced you to care about net neutrality, speak your mind and post a consumer comment to the FCC.

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