Decide for yourself if the open internet is still worth protecting.
The Federal Communications Commission has launched another iteration of its auction of wireless spectrum to spur innovation in the coming years.
The more than 200-MHz portfolio goes to the highest bidder, and it includes frequencies in urban, suburban, and rural areas of the U.S. A successful bidder on the spectrum could build more high-speed networks for consumers across the country.
At first glance, it looks like a victory for net neutrality, right? So why did the commission vote to roll back net neutrality? We believe the answer is clear: Clear the way for wireless providers to pick and choose which websites and services can reach consumers, while eliminating the basic decency stipulation of broadband.
Over the past year, the commission has approved an unprecedented range of changes that chip away at the principle of net neutrality. By eliminating strong protections to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against certain content—including online pornography, software and games, and political commentary—the commission has opened the door to the very type of discrimination that our opponents claim to oppose.
That’s why we’re calling on all Americans to weigh in on the changes that will affect how the internet is available and accessible.
“The FCC is supposed to be here to protect the interest of consumers and competition,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said during a press conference after the vote. “Let me underscore that is their sole mission: To protect consumers and competition. And, we are going to keep that mission as our sole mission.”