Twitter Provides Express Link for Comments to the FCC on Net Neutrality

Users can join the discussion by using the #NetNeutrality hashtag

Twitter is doing its part to support Wednesday’s Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality by providing users with a quick way to make their views known to the Federal Communications Commission.

The social network provided this quick link, which enables users to click “Express” and provide comments on net neutrality to the FCC for the record.

Public policy manager Lauren Culbertson reminded users in a blog post that they can join the discussion by using the #NetNeutrality hashtag, and she stressed the importance of maintaining the net neutrality rules, writing:

Net neutrality is one of the most important free expression issues of our time because without net neutrality, internet-service providers would be able to charge content providers more to access the internet or to reach other users, frustrating the free flow of information. Moreover, without net neutrality in force, ISPs would even be able to block content they don’t like, reject applications and content that compete with their own offerings and arbitrarily discriminate against particular content providers by prioritizing certain internet traffic over theirs. This is especially critical for smaller and noncommercial voices, who would be unable to pay a new ISP broadband toll for “fast-lane” service. Relegating certain content to the backwaters of the internet in second- or third-tier status reduces the visibility and impact of important voices in the local, national or global media mix.

The enforcement regime established in 2015 creates clear enforceable rules that enable federal regulators to stop bad behavior before it can do damage. Under the alternative enforcement regime that the FCC is considering, the FCC wouldn’t be able to act until damage had already been done. In that scenario, a content provider or tech entrepreneur would have to go through a lengthy, often years-long process to prove they have been treated unfairly by an ISP. Few startups and small businesses would have the funds and time to survive the process.