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CUE Responds to Net Neutrality: The FCC votes to repeal Net Neutrality but. . .   

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In flagrant disregard to the will of the people, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to end net neutrality.

Net neutrality is a key component to a free and open Internet. Net neutrality prevents Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T from censoring access to content they don’t like, giving higher speeds to content providers who pay more, and charging different rates to consumers to access different types of sites.

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CUE is a strong supporter of net neutrality and worked with California Assembly Member Kevin Mullin to introduce Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) No. 7 which passed both houses of the State Legislature. The Resolution requested Congress and the President of the U.S. to retain the net neutrality rules. In spite of this support by the CA Legislature, along with the majority of the U.S. population, the FCC voted to end net neutrality.

Opposition statement by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel who submitted one of the two no-votes:

“I dissent from this rash decision to roll back net neutrality rules and the corrupt process that has brought us to this point. And I dissent from the contempt this agency has shown our citizens in pursuing this path today. This decision puts the Federal Communications Commission on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public.”

Jessica Rosenworcel, received the CUE Legislative Advocacy Award last year and supported the AJR 7 in its development and will advise on next actions to take in the ongoing fight to repeal the FCC recommendation.

The national fight to protect a free and open Internet is far from over. The FCC decision will be challenged in the courts and by many members of Congress. CUE Legislative Consultants will closely monitor and suggest future actions CUE could initiate on it’s own, and/or with associations, to over-ride the FCC decision.

To Take Action: If you are not pleased about the repeal of net neutrality, you should contact your representative or senator at Contacting Congress and give them your thoughts. With significant public support it is possible that Congress could pass legislation to restore some or all of the previous net neutrality regulations.

Change.org's Petition on Net NeutralityChange.org has nearly 2.2 million signatures on a petition to Congress. CUE members can help them.

Signing Change.org’s petition is a great first step in making your voice heard, but your representatives in Congress, who oversee the FCC, need to hear from you by phone too. 

It’s easy to do, only takes a minute, and is very effective. Click here to quickly and easily have your phone connected to your representative’s office.

Looking for an even quicker way to help? Send a tweet to the FCC with one click

After the new rules are in place, it will be important to monitor your Internet service provider and file complaints when you see content being prioritized or throttled. Complaints about the FCC action should be filed with the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice.

Stay informed by going to cue.org and checking the CUE Legislative Updates link.

Further Reading:

Scott Weiner's Net Neutrality Response for California

Scott Weiner’s Net Neutrality Response for California

California’s Legislative response to Net Neutrality

 

More details about the Net Neutrality voting

More details about the Net Neutrality voting

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John Cradler

Mr. Cradler’s education career began as a school psychologist, followed by special projects, assessment, and technology and policy administrative work at San Mateo COE, WestEd, Council of Chief State School Officers, U.S. Office Science and Technology Policy, and as a consultant to variety of public and private entities across the country. He co-authored the 1996 White House recommendations informing Federal legislation (s.1040) expanding the Internet to education, and principal writer of the 1992 Education Technology Act, establishing the U.S. DoE Ed. Technology Office and co-developed the Goals 2000 National Educational Technology Plan. In California, he played the leadership role in the development of the1992 CA Educational Technology Master Plan and initiation of State bills related to education technology support, professional development, courseware evaluation, administrative applications, known as CTP, CTAP, SETS, CLRN, and TICAL along with Resolutions related to rural internet access and net neutrality. He has served as the Legislation and Policy Consultant for state and national education associations and currently with CUE for the past 30 years and received awards for research, legislative, and policy work from entities including CUE, ISTE, SETDA, CoSN, and the U.S. DoE and has been a member of CUE since 1985.

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