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Opinion: Defend Net Neutrality, Faster Internet

The first round of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) public-comment period on net neutrality ends July 15. The United States has the slowest Internet in the developed world. We rank behind even Estonia in Internet speed because major players in the U.S. wanted to be able to characterize the trashing of net neutrality as "the advent of a net fast lane" for the rich, rather than "the advent of a net super slow lane" for the poor and middle class, just good advertising.

The American people paid for the inception and development of the Internet. I recognize the tradition of turning over the fruits of research and development that our tax dollars paid for to for-profit corporate sociopaths, but I must say I disagree with the very idea of that longstanding practice.

This corporate power grab is not unlike "Citizens United" or the current lack of antitrust enforcement allowing corporate media and banking giants to merge into mega-giants, or allowing ALEC (a corporate lobbying group) to write our laws. Benito Mussolini said, “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”

The end of net neutrality, if we allow it, would give mega-corporations freedom of speech while they take that freedom away from the rest of us. I oppose any and all transfers of wealth or sovereignty from the people to the corporations.

Please contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and say YES TO NET NEUTRALITY. Thank you.

Mail: 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554
Phone: 1-888-225-5322
TTY: 1-888-835-5322
Fax: 1-866-418-0232
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Dan B. Underhill


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