Net neutrality is hugely important, at least if you’re a consumer and you wish to use the Internet as you please, instead of having large corporations such as cable providers trying to rule what you have access to, your speeds, and other aspects of the experience.
Unfortunately, two weeks ago a federal court tossed out a suit in which the Federal Communications Commission tried to implement its Open Internet Order net neutrality rules, that would prevent ownership of the Internet from going into corporate hands. In the case, Verizon vs. the FCC, Verizon came out on top because of old rules that didn’t consider Internet providers “common carriers,” Ars Technica explained. Now, more than one million people and more than 80 organizations have signed a petition asking the FCC to revisit the case and again fight for net neutrality.
“It’s time for the agency to correct its past mistakes, reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, and restore Net Neutrality for good,” Free Press Internet Campaign Director Josh Levy said recently. “Net Neutrality is the reason all of these petitions even exist, and it’s so important to protect everyone’s ability to say what they want and go where they want online without an Internet service provider interfering.”
As Ars Technica notes, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has already said the FCC is trying to find new ways to enforce net neutrality rules, though that would likely require reclassifying Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner and other Internet companies as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, and Wheeler hasn’t expressed one way or another on how or if that will happen.