How We Won Net Neutrality

I feel vindicated by the FCC’s determination to stand by net neutrality for all. I don’t pretend to understand the intricacies of the Internet, but I do know that the Internet should not be divided into fast lanes and slow lanes, that it should be regulated as a utility and therefore operating at the same pace for everyone regardless of the size of their bank account; as long as you pay your utility bill, your access should be the same whether you are Warren Buffet or Jane Doe. As I read the list of organizations that Craig Aaron thanked, I am pretty sure that I signed petitions for every single one of them; this was a huge undertaking, filled with gargantuan amounts of patience and diligence. These organizations did all of the heavy lifting in terms of the democratic process and I would argue that they have reawakened the activist spirit in many of our citizens. Now that our society has embraced an open single lane Internet wholeheartedly, this chapter in our fight for an open and transparent Internet has finished on a high note, but that doesn’t mean as Craig Aaron stated, that we can sit on our laurels, we need to remain vigilent. On a side note, our passion for our net neutrality laws should not solely rest in this area of our democracy, as we are seeing in Wisconsin, we need to stand with workers everywhere who are fighting for fair wages, pension protections, economic security. Wisconsin’s state government went into a Fast Track session, cutting off all debate and passed through Right to Work legislation in the senate and sending it off to the state assembly where it will most certainly pass, and then off to the Governor’s desk where Scott Walker will sign it, effectively weakening the balance of power between employer and employees. Unfortunately as we have seen back in 2011 in Wisconsin, when the entire state government is in republican control, it doesn’t apparently matter how many protests and demonstrations are held, arrests will be made to silence those protestors. The only way to turn the situation around is with a person’s vote and our committment to our vote needs to be stronger, it is our only tool in our democracy and too many of us do not make that committment to our democratic principles and ideals. If we want change, we have to take the measures necessary to effect those changes and voting is one of them, probably the strongest one we have, so vote and nag everyone around you to vote as well.

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