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One million people and a coalition of groups unite for net neutrality

The fight for net neutrality is far over. That was the message as more than 85 diverse organizations joined forces in delivering a message to the FCC this week.

In an open letter directed at the FCC, the Free Press organization called the recent court ruling striking down net neutrality a huge blow to the open Internet.

Giving the example of tiered pricing structures the letter states, "Right now there is no one protecting Internet users from ISPs that block or discriminate against online content."

The letter was delivered to the FCC on Thursday along with petitions from more than 1 million people. The letter is signed by a wide variety of organizations and companies such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Women’s Media Center.

The organization that lead the efforts this week, Free Press, describes themselves as a "nonpartisan organizations advocating for universal and affordable Internet access, diverse media ownership, vibrant public media and quality journalism."

The Free Press letter concludes with, "The FCC must move to reclassify broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act."

Telecommunications carriers are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission under title II of the Communications Act of 1934. In 1996 there was an overhaul on the Act that makes a significant distinction between providers of telecommunications services and information services. The fighting, and confusion, has started as internet services have been classified separately from traditional phone service.

The remarks by the letter hit on what is at the core of the real net neutrality battle, changing FCC regulations changing ISPs to telecommunications carriers instead of as information service providers.

Learn as much as you can about net neutrality, and how it might effect the way you use the internet. Follow the links below, and check out the suggested articles for information and insight on this topic.


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