From Indivisible National -The Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed net neutrality rules that ensured that all internet traffic be treated equal. During the Obama years, the FCC classified the internet as a “Title II common carrier,” mandating that the internet be treated as a public utility and be provided to the public without discrimination. With the repeal of the “Title II” classification, your internet service provider (ISP) could now slow down or charge you more to access certain websites. Our Senators are with us on this, but it may not be enough. Tomorrow is the vote.
Can states and municipalities do anything to protect net neutrality?
The short answer is yes and no. The FCC has tried their hardest to make states powerless to protect net neutrality but there are still a few avenues for action.
Four avenues for state and local action
- State attorneys general can sue the FCC.
- State legislatures can introduce legislation to promote net neutrality.
- State governors can promote net neutrality via executive order.
- Municipalities can create local broadband networks that are net neutral.
California HAS taken action. WE can do more.
1. AG Xavier Becerra has signed on to an FCC lawsuit.
2. Our state legislature has introduced legislation to protect net neutrallity (SB822/Weiner SB460/DeLeon)
3. We can ask Governor Brown to protect net neutrality by Executive Order
4. We can ask our state representatives to work on overturning the state’s municipal broadband ban. (I couldn’t find an explanation for this statement, BUT I did find that SCV has been engaged in a broadband feasibility study. I left a message asking who this envisioned broadband access would affect (just businesses or all SCV residents). Will let you know when I find out. https://www.santa-clarita.com/Home/Components/News/News/6163/
Our fight against corporate over reach continues. Today, let’s contact the Governor and ask him to protect net neutrality by Executive Order. Its easy, and you can bet he’s listening.
Say something like:
I’m a constituent from [zip code] and I would like the Governor to protect California’s net neutrality by Executive Order.
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Or email at https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/