Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave AT&T a decision that was gift-wrapped for the holiday season. By a 3-to-2 vote, the FCC passed a rule that, in the chairman's words, "protects Internet freedom."
If only it were true.
After a year of promises to deliver on Net Neutrality, this chairman has pushed through a rule that favors the very industry his FCC is supposed to regulate, leaving Internet users with few protections.
The chairman chose to ignore your voice -- and those of more than 2 million people who have urged Washington to support real Net Neutrality. His rule, for the first time in history, allows discrimination over the mobile Internet, paving the way for widespread industry abuses.
Now, the chairman is trying to spin the media that his toothless decision is a win for Internet users. We're not going to let him get away with that.
Pledge to keep fighting for real Net Neutrality; and use the Internet to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail.
We'd be lying if we
didn't tell you that this vote was a major setback. The new rule doesn't
to stop the phone and cable companies from dividing the Internet into fast and
slow lanes, and it
protect wireless users from discrimination. It lets AT&T block your access to third-party
you to use its own preferred applications.
But this bad rule is not the end of the story. Free Press and our many allies are going to keep fighting to secure your right to an Internet without gatekeepers.
By taking action and spreading the word, you're telling the FCC that this isn't good enough.
Misty, Craig, Tim and the Free Press Team