Back in December, I wrote about the F.C.C.’s vote to repeal net neutrality rules, giving Internet Service Providers (ISPs) the ability to block or censor sites, slow data transmission, and create a “fast lane” of internet traffic for those who can afford to pay a premium. This repeal could potentially result in large tech companies cutting deals with major ISPs to accelerate access to their content (and slow access to their competitor’s sites), leading to internet performance that’s auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The future of net neutrality reached another critical juncture last week, when the F.C.C.’s repeal of net neutrality rules was published in the Federal Register. This triggered a 60-legislative-day window in which Congress must vote on the Senate Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, which, if passed, would be the first step in overturning the F.C.C.’s decision to roll back net neutrality.
While there are a range of opinions on this issue, the repeal of the net neutrality rules could negatively impact our customers, who count on companies like Smartsheet to provide them with access to and consistent performance of the applications and platforms they use every day. The absence of net neutrality also has the potential to hinder innovation from startups and small and medium-sized businesses that rely on an open internet to launch and grow their businesses.
An Invitation to Act
If you believe that net neutrality rules should be retained, now is the time to have your voice heard. Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 27, net neutrality supporters are organizing Operation: #OneMoreVote, a day of action to secure the final vote necessary to pass the CRA resolution in the US Senate. Contact your Senators and let them know that protecting net neutrality is important to you. You can find out who your Senators are and their contact info here. Let them know that you support fair and equal access to the internet.