The FCC’s rules change eliminating Net Neutrality went into effect yesterday. Captain James, Quartermaster Joseph and Activism Director Sam discuss the fight for Net Neutrality in our latest Pirate News.
The Senate voted to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to have Congress to overrule the FCC. The House has not yet voted. To urge your House Representative vote for it, go to https://www.battleforthenet.com/.
Should that effort fail, there are two other approaches: creating a local alternative and changing state laws.
The Massachusetts Mesh Network is starting a community internet service provider (ISP) that cares about Net Neutrality and your privacy. They hold weekly tech meetups every Tuesday, 7-9pm at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St, Cambridge. If you want to help out, please join the firstname.lastname@example.org discussion list. You can sign up at https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/massmeshnet. You can find them at https://massmesh.org/.
States are attempting to restore Net Neutrality locally. Washington state is the first, but other states are also passing laws. In Massachusetts there are a number of bills:
- Special Senate Committee on Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection (S2263) – Approved 39 to 0
- An Act relative to providing for net neutrality and consumer protection (H4222)
- An Act Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection: A Commonwealth Concern (S2376)
Do these bills go far enough? Tells us what you think in the comments below.