An Open Letter to FCC Commissioner Clyburn
Dear Commissioner Clyburn:
I was disappointed to hear that your support of real Title II net neutrality seems to be wavering. As a web developer, this issue hits closer to home for me than most: if cable companies are given free rein to charge however they want, the costs of maintaining functional websites will skyrocket. This will push even basic websites outside the reach of many small businesses, limiting their ability to reach potential customers. This will harm both the small businesses that can no longer afford websites and those of us who earn our livelihoods by helping those small businesses build and maintain their websites.
Of course, this issue affects everyone, not just those of us in the industry. I hope you realize that all American people deserve the same unfettered, uncensored access to the Internet that people throughout most of the rest of the developed world receive. Not only is it a human rights issue, but it's also absolutely essential if America wants to remain competitive in the world market. And the big cable companies will never let that happen if you give them a choice, because their sole priority will always be maximizing their own profit, no matter the cost to the rest of the country you serve.
With the issue of Title II net neutrality, it's more important than ever that the government serves the interests of the people for once, instead of the interests of wealthy corporations that only care about getting wealthier.
Please, if you genuinely care about this country, the only answer is Title II.
The above is a copy of the email I just sent to FCC Commissioner Clyburn. Please also read the following announcement from Fight For The Future's Holmes Wilson to learn why it's important that you write your own letter to Commissioner Clyburn at Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov as soon as possible:
"This is really frustrating. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is doing a reddit AMA (ask me anything) right now, and it seems like she’s dodging questions and backpedaling on her previously staunch support for real Title II net neutrality.
"This is a bad sign. The FCC decided this morning to delay their net neutrality decision, and Commissioner Clyburn’s comments are very concerning. She needs to hear from the Internet public right away. There is overwhelming public consensus calling for Title II net neutrality, this is not the time for her to be hiding behind vague answers and repeating Cable talking points.
"Will you send her a personal email? Here’s her address: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
"Please be polite, but firm, and tell her you were disappointed to see her wavering on net neutrality during her reddit AMA. Ask her to do everything in her power to ensure that the FCC votes on Title II net neutrality in January.
"These personal emails really make a difference and they do really go through to her email, which makes it much more impactful than just signing a petition." #politics #netneutrality