The fight for net neutrality has only just begun

On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal regulations protecting net neutrality—but the fight for the open internet isn’t over.

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What’s next?

Congressional action and the courts

The FCC vote dealt a serious blow to net neutrality in the U.S., but we haven’t lost yet. Net neutrality defenders are weighing these options for what comes next:

Protect current regulations

Congress can pass a resolution to disapprove under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) within 60 congressional days—requiring bipartisan cooperation and approval by the president.

Reinforce net neutrality

Congress can also pass additional legislation that more definitively protects net neutrality and helps prevent future threats to undermine it.

Take legal action

Net neutrality defenders including advocacy groups and state governments can take legal action against the FCC’s overturning of the open internet rules.


Why it matters

We know what’s at stake with the rollback of net neutrality regulations: an internet protected from discriminatory practices of ISPs like added fees, censorship, and blocking or slowing down website traffic.

A slower, more expensive internet isn’t just inconvenient. It impacts how individuals and organizations around the world innovate and ship software. Here’s how FCC Commissioner Clyburn puts it in her fact sheet:

[This proposal] threatens innovation at the edge, by allowing broadband providers to charge tolls to access their customers. [It] enables offerings that favor the vertically integrated broadband provider’s own content and services over those of consumers and innovators who rely on the internet to grow their own businesses and stay informed.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
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Don’t stop now

Over the years, thousands of people and organizations have protested repeated threats to net neutrality regulations. Together, we’ve made millions of phone calls, comments, and posts.

Congress heard us in 2014, and we need them to hear us again. Your representatives are currently deciding the future of the internet—and it’s more important than ever to make your voice heard.

Make a ruckus

Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel, as well as supporters of net neutrality in the FCC have urged the public to “make a ruckus”. Let’s continue to make one.

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Help keep up the fight

Already called your congressperson? Consider donating to organizations continuing to make the case for net neutrality to the public, to Congress, and in court, like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press, and Public Knowledge.

GitHub projects

GitHub is proud to host development of many of the tools used for open internet advocacy like the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Action Center and Call My Congress.