Decision Time for Net Neutrality

If you’ve been paying attention, you already know that the US Federal Communications Commission will be revoking strong rules to protect Net Neutrality on Thursday.

I had the pleasure of discussing this Saturday night at a most appropriate location: Riverwest Radio, a low-power community radio station in Milwaukee. I spoke with Gary Grass and Babette Grunow on “The Grass is Greener.”

Hear the show:

Riverwest Radio reaches its listeners in two ways:

  • If you happen to live within a few miles of the transmitter on the northeast side, you can listen on WXRW, 104.1 on your FM dial.
  • If the signal doesn’t reach you, you can stream the station live on the internet, or listen to archived shows on Soundcloud.

If Ajit Pai’s plan to end net neutrality as we know it is implemented, Riverwest Radio will likely be one of the first casualties of Internet “fast lanes.” To continue to focus on its community, it may not be able to serve folks outside it as they do now. They certainly won’t be able to justify paying service providers extra to get into the fast lane.

So, what’s next?

While it’s difficult to see a positive outcome from Thursday’s FCC meeting, the fight doesn’t stop there. Both the FCC and Congress need to continue to hear from the majority of internet users that we won’t back down.

Start by participating in Fight for the Future’s “Break the Net” online demonstration on Tuesday, December 12th. Visit https://www.battleforthenet.com/ to get the latest information. You’ll be able to stop here (and many, many other sites) on that day to let the reigning powers know what you think.

If you can get to Washington, DC, Popular Resistance is organizing demonstrations and sleepover at the FCC building.

In short, don’t quit. Spread the word. Continue to speak out, and write too.

Defend Net Neutrality! Take your stand while you still can!

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