'Internet Freedom' Champions Pressure FCC

Published on April 28, 2014 at 01:05PM

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has signaled his intention to allow broadband Internet service providers such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable to charge content providers higher prices for faster download speeds, which would mean higher prices for consumers. Internet freedom watchdogs say that would create the equivalent of “fast lanes” for preferred customers, which violates the principle of net neutrality, and results in discrimination based on location and price. Josh Levy with the nonprofit group Free Press calls it a huge threat to a free Internet. Levy said, “The only way to stop it is to organize and to channel everybody’s anger and energy towards an effort to get the FCC to scrap those rules.” Between now and May 15th, when the Commission will formally act, a raft of public interest groups is plotting pushback efforts that include petitions, pressure on members of Congress and public protests.