The FCC passed the Restoring Internet Freedom proposal, which *repeals* net
neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote, to nobody's great surprise.
While the result is disappointing, this is not where net neutrality ends!
We need to make a lot of noise and support organizations that are fighting
on our behalf. Some 80+% of people support net neutrality so know that
popular opinion is on our side.
Where we go from here is uncertain but it's not over. Fights for net
neutrality are already gearing up and lawsuits are being filed. The New
York Attorney General announced he will sue the FCC, and other
organizations will likely follow suit.
*Here's how you can help:*
Visit https://www.battleforthenet.com/. They're still in the fight, and
they're now gathering support for Congress to overrule the FCC.
Consider donating to the ACLU, EFF, FreePress, and other pro net neutrality
Write to your government reps about net neutrality (this site helps!
https://www.mailmygov.com/) - even if they're on your side. Use ResistBot
(text 50409) to fax them. Make sure to make an informed vote in your next
election. Don't forget about your local officials!
If you have a municipal network, independent ISP, or mesh network in your
community (or infrastructure that could support one of those), help fight
for it in your community and get involved if possible.
Make noise! Don't stop talking about net neutrality online and off. Join
protests if there's one local to you. The worst thing we can do now is be
quiet. We need to make sure that nobody forgets and our elected officials
can't ignore us.
*Do it for the Internet we know and love.*
RIT Software Engineering '16
Today may be the last chance to protect 'net neutrality. If you enter
your phone number on this page (below), their machine will connect you
(almost immediately) with members of congress and let you leave
messages. It'll tell you what to say in case you're not sure.
It's easy. The congress member won't answer the phone; it'll be a
staffer, maybe a student intern. As long as you give them a short clear
message, you've done fine. Calls are much more influential than emails
at this point. The FCC wants to "vote" tomorrow.
Do it for a fair, free Internet. Do it for RIT-FOSS. Do it to
procrastinate on final projects and exams. Do it for moondoggy.
We're planning to organize a FOSS Family dinner before the holidays and
everyone goes home; if you want to join the RIT FOSS community for
dinner, please fill out this WhenIsGood survey to find the best time /
date before next Wednesday, Dec. 6th.
Location is not yet decided. From discussions with some of you, we can
give somewhere new a try, since I think some folks are a little tired of
Peppermint's. We figure out location after we find a good date / time.
Please try to fill the survey out before Wednesday, Dec. 6th if you want
to join us for a final dinner this semester. Thanks!
Justin W. Flory