- Jan 31, 2009
On January 14, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that struck down the Federal Communications Commission's open internet rules, commonly known as "Net Neutrality" because ISPs are not classified as "common carriers". This ruling allows ISPs to charge companies for access to its users and charge users for access to certain services. Fewer companies will be able to afford access for innovative ideas and products.
We urge the President to direct the FCC to classify ISPs as "common carriers" so that the words of the FCC chairman may be fulfilled: “I am committed to maintaining our networks as engines for economic growth, test beds for innovative services and products, and channels for all forms of speech protected by the First Amendment.”
Petition Link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pe...y-internet-providers-common-carriers/5CWS1M4P
For more information about net neutrality, Wikipedia has a great entry about it with a clear definition of what net neutrality actually is. This is something that can sometimes be unclear in the journalism that's out there now.