Preserve net neutrality: Letter to the editor

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In perhaps the simplest of terms, net neutrality is described by Allison Shapiro in an article posted on the Daily-Journal's website as "the idea that internet service providers - the largest are Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Charter - must treat all websites equally".

Pai's arguments aren't swaying net neutrality supporters, who see the rules as essential to maintaining the free flow of information online.

Whatever the result, one thing is certain: It may be years after Pai has departed the FCC before companies and consumers can truly assess his chairmanship. The International Institute of Communications operates on a not-for-profit basis "to enable the balanced, open dialogue that shapes the policy agenda".

If you disagree with regulating the internet like a utility, try starting and thriving as a small, local business in late 2017 without fair internet access.

"We could have that conversation, but what these guys want to do is rip away the current protections and pretend they'll come back with something stronger and that's just never proven to be the case for them", Wood said.

Protests are scheduled Thursday in Madison and cities all across the nation to demonstrate public support for net neutrality.

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If net neutrality does die, every U.S. internet user will be at the whim of ISPs.

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"I think what's going to happen is the FCC will go ahead and eliminate Net Neutrality and we will be in this different world", said Hricik.

Ah yes, the porn vs. medicine analogy.

Wheeler noted that when he was FCC chairman, ISPs made lots of promises about how they would uphold net neutrality even as they urged the FCC to avoid imposing strict rules.

If net neutrality disappeared, a possible situation that may occur is throttling. Medical services already have a fast lane available to them under the 2015 net neutrality order.

Pai in recent weeks has tried to shape the controversial debate-millions of comments have flowed into the FCC on the upcoming rule change-by suggesting that Silicon Valley titans like Twitter, Facebook Inc., and Alphabet Inc.'s Google are worse actors than broadband providers when it comes to blocking or otherwise disadvantaging content they dislike.

So why push these false claims?

"If these companies are truly committed to an open internet where Americans can freely access the content of their choice, like I am, it's curious that they focus on unnecessary and harmful regulation of other parts of the internet ecosystem with little history of engaging in this kind of behavior", Pai said.

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