PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGEThe 100 member Association of Bluegrass Broadcasters has come out with a public statement saying they are not in favor of any regulation that would restrict internet usage or show favoritism to some users.

On May 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to propose a new “open Internet” rule that may let Internet service providers charge content companies for priority treatment, relegating other content to a slower tier of service.

Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications.

The Association of Bluegrass Broadcasters believes that any regulation of the Internet should create a fair, balanced and level playing field for all users regardless of size, politics or content and should create no opportunities for some that are not available to all.

ASSOC. OF BLUEGRASS BROADCASTERS Public Statement on Net Neutrality

The SAVE the INTERNET presented by FREEPRESS has these suggestions for concerned citizens:

Comment at the FCC:

  • Go here.
  • Select the Open Internet docket (14–28). It will be right at the top.
  • Enter your name and comment into the form.

Keep calling Congress:

  • About 50 members of Congress have spoken out against Wheeler’s plan, but too many have stayed silent. Click here to call your members of Congress and get them on the record supporting reclassification and real Net Neutrality.

Remind President Obama of his promise:

  • On Thursday, the White House released a statement “reaffirming” the president’s commitment to the open Internet. We need to hold him to his word. Send a message to Obama here.

Tell the FCC to get out of Washington and into our communities:

  • The FCC didn’t always conduct its business solely in Washington, but it’s been over five years since the full Commission left D.C. to meet with the American public. Earlier this year, Chairman Wheeler went to a town-hall meeting on the open Internet in Oakland, but it’s a big country and there are four other commissioners who should all break out of the Washington bubble. Demand that the FCC leave Washington and listen to the public.

Tell everyone you know to do all of these things too:

  • You know what motivates people to take action? Their friends and family. Real change happens when people ask the people they care about to be part of an issue they care about. Spread the word about the need for real Net Neutrality on Facebook and Twitter. Talk to your friends and family about it. Information is power. To win, we need all the power we can get.

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