The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) has issued an action alert concerning the future of net neutrality, asking its members and the Internet community at large to contact their representatives in Congress, President Barack Obama, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and ask them to preserve and revise the Open Internet Order so that it can survive future legal challenges.
Last week a U.S. Court of Appeals judge in the District of Columbia sided with Verizon, striking down part of the FCC's Open Internet Order (you can learn more about that here). While the court basically enshrined the FCC's authority to make rules related to broadband and mobile traffic, the court also said that the agency had no authority to stop carriers for charging Internet services extra for faster pipes to customers.
You can read the alert from the ECA in its entirety below, but we urge to visit this link, read it, put your zip code into the box at the bottom of the page, and send those in charge of writing the next round of net neutrality rules a strong message to do a better job.
On Tuesday January 14th, advocates of free speech and an open internet were delivered a blow when the Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Net Neutrality rules in Verizon v. FCC.
There are many different definitions of what exactly Net Neutrality is, but it’s basically the ability to the go where you want and do what you want on the internet without extra charges, artificially slow accessibilities or blockages.
Net Neutrality protects consumers from internet providers slowing down, degrading, or even blocking online content or access. If your internet provider provides you an internet phone service, they then can’t block a competitor. If your internet service provider also provides movies or television shows, they then can’t also block sites that belong to their competitors. Also, companies can’t enter deals and pay to block content or deliver their services quicker, leaving their competition at a disadvantage. The idea of Net Neutrality is to keep the internet a free and open platform for innovation and expression.
But a DC court has said that the FCC cannot enforce network neutrality as it has in the past. Internet service providers are ecstatic. It is not a good deal for consumers of those providers – basically all of us. We believe that Net Neutrality is in the best interest of digital consumers and leaves the internet hands off from the government, and unfair practices.
Write your Congressmen, the President and the FCC and ask them to enshrine these rules that will past the test of court.
[Full Disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]