On Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, members of the Portland Raging Grannies joined others at the Verizon store in downtown Portland to raise our voices in support of the continuance of Net Neutrality. The FCC is due to vote on December 14, and thus far most members of the FCC have indicated their support of rescinding net neutrality. They have refused to delay the vote, so without intervention, we will lose net neutrality.
Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. It will allow ISPs to charge different rates for different access (fast lanes/slow lanes).
With the loss of net neutrality, the free and open internet is at risk. Having access to affordable internet is an important ingredient in full participation in work, schooling, and daily life in our technologically rich society. Without strong net neutrality protections, it is likely that competition among Internet providers will diminish and the cost of full access to the internet will increase.
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And here’s one of the songs we sang. It was written by Alison Wiley, who gave us permission to use it.
This Net is Your Net
Words by Alison Wiley
Tune: This Land is Your Land …
The first verse is the chorus and is repeated.