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You can still comment for net neutrality and a healthy Internet

How much do people love the Internet? Quite a lot, by the looks of it. As of today, people like you submitted 9.5 million comments for net neutrality to the FCC. That’s more than double the number of comments submitted in 2014. Way to go, everyone!

We added Mozilla’s official comments to the incredible 75,000 you generated through our online action form. We argue against the rollback of protections that FCC chair Ajit Pai is seeking in his so-called “Restoring Internet Freedom” proceeding. Pai wants to gives Internet Service Providers the “freedom” to block, slow down or prioritize paid content online. We’re more focused on what’s good for people. Net neutrality is a critical part of why the Internet is the most fantastically fun, awe-inspiring place we’ve ever built together, and we need to protect it because:

  • Net neutrality is fundamental to free speech. Without it, big companies could censor anyone’s voice and make it harder to speak up online.
  • Net neutrality is fundamental to competition. Without it, ISPs can prioritize their businesses over newcomer companies trying to reach users with the next big thing.
  • Net neutrality is fundamental to innovation. Without it, funding for startups could dry-up, as established companies that can afford to “pay to play” become the only safe tech investments.
  • And, ultimately, net neutrality is fundamental to user choice. Without it, ISPs can choose what you access — or how fast it may load — online.

While we can pat ourselves on the back for a job well done on the commenting, the fight for net neutrality is far from over.

Here are two things you can do right now for a healthy Internet:

1. Listen in

For starters, take a listen to the IRL podcast episode, The Neutral Zone: The Future of Net Neutrality to hear how net neutrality affects ISPs, activists and even maggot farmers in Georgia. (Yes, you read that right. Listen, and you’ll find out more.) Clocking in at 25 minutes and 22 seconds, the podcast is a quick and dirty primer. Pass it on to your friends who think they don’t get net neutrality or that it doesn’t affect them.

2. Speak up

Monday, July 17 marked the end of the FCC’s initial comment period, but you can submit comments for net neutrality through Aug. 16. If you (or your friends) haven’t yet spoken up, get up in there and make some comments!

Here’s what the inventor of the Web has to say about net neutrality:

Here’s what the “father” of net neutrality has to say:

Here’s what Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. has to say:

Ur memes weighs in:

You can also hear what many other opinions on net neutrality, read in dulcet tones over nine hours:

The 9.5 million comments for net neutrality submitted is an impressive feat. Consider, however, that this figure is still shy of the millions of people who depend on a free and open Internet daily. If we come together we can take the Web back to the future — ensuring it’s always open for innovation, competition and freedom of choice.

Later this year, the FCC will consider all of our comments (and we hope they reconsider the plan entirely) and potentially vote on the newest proposal. We fully expect the courts to weigh in if the new rule is enacted, and if that happens, Mozilla will be there to fight.

27 comments on “You can still comment for net neutrality and a healthy Internet”

  1. barbara vanderwerf wrote on

    Why do we have to keep doing this? Keep the net neutral.

  2. Rod Schwartz wrote on

    FCC chair Ajit Pai is the keynote speaker at this year’s NAB/RAB Radio Show, Sept. 5-8 in Austin, Texas. It’s the radio industry’s biggest annual gathering. Chairman Pai will be speaking at the Radio Luncheon on Wednesday 9/6. Although his focus will be the FCC and Radio, net neutrality is certainly on everyone’s mind. And radio broadcasters (talk show hosts, in particular) reach and influence many millions of Americans each and every day.

    Perhaps Mozilla and other large groups who are in the fight should consider having an exhibit at the Radio Show, whether individually or collectively, to help get the message to these influential individuals.

    Information can be found at: radioshowweb.com

  3. G. M. Kustelski wrote on

    Don’t limit our internet. Don’t let big money control it!!

  4. Arlene Pietsch wrote on

    Without the free use of the internet, I could not have been successful for 21 years in supporting myself as a B&B operator. Besides the business aspect, I kept in touch with many clients who became friends. This also provided me with social contacts, vital to the mental health of older people. I am now near 90, and still “in the loop”!

    1. roger tucker wrote on

      Way to go girl,Arlene P.I`m glad your still going strong.The internet shouldn`t be controlled by big business.I`m on disability,for how long,don`t know.But the internet keeps me informed and in good spirits.NO monopoly should control it!

  5. Steve Wilson wrote on

    Keep the good work with your team. Thanks.

  6. Bill Handcock wrote on

    Keep the status quo.

  7. Jack Newcomb wrote on

    I believe that the government should keep their hands off the internet! The bearucrats should leave the Internet the way it is. We don’t need their “enlightenment” on how we use the Internet. FCC leave the Internet alone!!!!

  8. Clair Claiborne wrote on

    The internet should remain open to everyone. We already pay for our computers and for the right to go on the internet through our providers. Companies should also pay but they do not have the right to forbid individuals from accessing their sites except for proprietary reasons which they can limit. There should not be people who can control the internet.

  9. Richard Longley wrote on

    Stop screwing us. We’re sick of big business and government plotting to empty our wallets.

  10. Bruce F. Falkenberg wrote on

    Please keep the internet open as it is today. Thanks

  11. Paul Ouellet wrote on

    The internet was created for the people by the people, does this ring a bell to anyone, possibly the Liberty Bell. No I’m not American but I know that Americans have fought for their freedom since before they were a country and if it wasn’t for America we would have not have the freedom we have today. It seems that Americans have the most influence on keeping the internet free so look into your past and learn from it. DON’T TAKE OUR FREEDOM AWAY FROM US BY CONTROLLING THE INTERNET!!!
    Thank you for listening to us the people.

  12. Javier Montero wrote on

    The FCC’s Open Internet Rules (net neutrality rules) are extremely important to me. I urge you to protect them.

    I don’t want ISPs to have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, or split the Internet into “fast lanes” for companies that pay and “slow lanes” for the rest.

    Now is not the time to let giant ISPs censor what we see and do online.

    Censorship by ISPs is a serious problem. Comcast has throttled Netflix, AT&T blocked FaceTime, Time Warner Cable throttled the popular game League of Legends, and Verizon admitted it will introduce fast lanes for sites that pay-and slow lanes for everyone else-if the FCC lifts the rules. This hurts consumers and businesses large and small.

    Courts have made clear that if the FCC ends Title II classification, the FCC must let ISPs offer “fast lanes” to websites for a fee.

    Chairman Pai has made clear that he intends to do exactly this.

    But if some companies can pay our ISPs to have their content load faster, startups and small businesses that can’t pay those fees won’t be able to compete. You will kill the open marketplace that has enabled millions of small businesses and created the 5 most valuable companies in America-just to further enrich a few much less valuable cable giants famous for sky-high prices and abysmal customer service.

    Internet providers will be able to impose a private tax on every sector of the American economy.

    Moreover, under Chairman Pai’s plan, ISPs will be able to make it more difficult to access political speech that they don’t like. They’ll be able to charge fees for website delivery that would make it harder for blogs, nonprofits, artists, and others who can’t pay up to have their voices heard.

    I’m sending this to the FCC’s open proceeding, but I worry that Chairman Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, has made his plans and will ignore me and millions of other Americans.

    So I’m also sending this to my members of Congress. Please publicly support the FCC’s existing net neutrality rules based on Title II, and denounce Chairman Pai’s plans. Do whatever you can to dissuade him.

    Thank you!

  13. NormN wrote on

    Net neutrality is not about neutrality. It is about government protection and control. It is Orwellian. Don’t believe Net Neutrality! It is self-delusion.

  14. Koebi Hug wrote on

    Grown up with free speeches all my life and now the Internet shall be controlled by Government and big Players in that regard should be diminished. The Internet should have access for everyone without control from any big Player or any Government. Keep it as it is and fight for it. Thank you for listening to people who want freedom also in this regard.

  15. Brian Evans wrote on

    If privacy on the internet means anything, it must be enforced. Keep up the good work.

  16. Michael B Malone wrote on

    I think the internet should be free and not run by corporations

  17. Herman Moolenaar wrote on

    It is 72 years ago that they close mine mouth. I never do it again.

  18. Stanislaw POLAK wrote on

    Let’s continue our protection of the healthy Internet, the largest shared global resource, from any form of the infomination, for the sake of all of us and our future healthy generations.

  19. Dean Sherman wrote on

    I vote keep the net neutral governments and big business always out to control the masses for their own gains.

  20. Ken Adams wrote on

    The Internet has become an integral part of education for all who have access to it.
    In fact, the Internet is the only education that many poor people have access to!
    To limit such access is not only irresponsible, but is perverse.
    To do so for financial gain is corrupt.
    Don’t do it.

  21. Joan Breeen wrote on

    Net Freedom,in the olden days we had to fight for our freedom,unfortunately it still goes on.
    Now we can gain our freedom through calm peaceful dialogue.Our Net freedom is something we can keep,if we all stand together in brotherhood,love and understanding.

  22. Martin Crundall wrote on

    I support Mozilla’s campaign for Net Neutrality.

  23. Mary Oliver wrote on

    Attention FCC: Net neutrality is fundamental to free speech!!! Leave our internet alone.

  24. James Camuso wrote on

    We should also be concerned with SINGLE LAY contracts with apartment complexes.
    That is the practice of ISP companies bribing a property management to only allow their access lines whether it is cable or satellite dish receivers.
    I live in Jacksonville Florida where the only choices for ISP internet access is X-Finity, AT&T, or Hughes Satellite feed. Many locations prohibit the competition from selling to you. This allows for price fixing and gouging for basic services.
    X-Finity/comcast sells a first time user a one year price guarantee unless you don’t read the terms of service carefully and forget to or do not realize that the price guarantee only applies if you sign up for auto-pay for your service plan. If you have not given a credit card auto-pay authorization in 30 days your contract defaults to any rate they choose; usually double the advertised price. The mandatory auto-pay also removes your access to a detailed billing statement showing all charges (like when you now are paying for 35 Television premium channels even though you do not have a receiver box in your home that connects to the ISP). Billing summaries do not show what you pay for.
    Data cap limits are now being enforced with time of day pricing providing 50 GBs data between 2am to 8am that reverts to 10GBs daytime usage for Hughes basic plan.
    Throttling occurs often but you can pay for faster speeds.

  25. Kegan wrote on

    Is there anything that I can legally do to help stop this if I’m under the age of 18?

  26. Abhishek Agrawal wrote on

    I Support net Nutrality