Today is the Fourth of July and it is a day America celebrates its independence. The Fourth of July is also a day we celebrate and honor the military personnel who fight to maintain that independence. Now, some veterans are taking a stand to ask Congress to restore net neutrality.
Vets for the Net is calling on all military personnel to sign their letter to Congress and be recognized. The organization laid out its reasons for supporting net neutrality citing ISP’s potential bandwidth throttling, censorship, and new fees that some veterans may not be able to afford.
The letter reads as follows:
Dear Member of Congress,
We are US veterans calling on our elected officials in Congress to protect the free and open internet. Veterans, military families, and service members rely on the Internet to keep in touch with loved ones overseas and access essential services at home. The open Internet allows American small businesses to thrive, and has created new jobs — in the tech field and others — that veterans urgently need.
The loss of net neutrality will allow cable companies to throttle services to online communities used by service members, censor free speech, and charge new fees that veterans can’t afford. The end of net neutrality jeopardizes access to VA telemedicine, streaming video calls, even online banking — all services veterans and our families rely on.
As veterans, we have served and we have sacrificed. When we put on the uniform we were told it was to defend basic freedoms for all. We are deeply concerned those same freedoms will not be protected without strong, enforceable net neutrality. As a result, we are asking our representatives to sign the discharge petition and vote for the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse the FCC’s repeal and restore open Internet protections that are essential for American’s online freedom.
Thank you for considering our views.
The campaign is designed for veterans and active service members. If you are neither of those, the organizer of the campaign Tim Ellis, asks that you share the campaign with those who are. Be sure to check out the links below for more information and Happy Fourth of July to all!Source: Medium Source: Vets for the Net