In 2017, hundreds of thousands of people and dozens of organizations who love the internet came together in a massive effort to stop the repeal of net neutrality –the fundamental principle that all web traffic should be treated equally.
Despite the widespread, bipartisan public support for net neutrality, the previous Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under chairman Ajit Pai repealed net neutrality protections anyway — giving internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast the green light to throttle web traffic.
Mozilla went to court to challenge the FCC and in 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC ruled that states could institute their own net neutrality rules — and some states, like California did. However, the court failed to restore federal regulation against anti-competitive practices like throttling, blocking or paid prioritization of internet traffic at the federal level.
This year, there is a real chance to restore net neutrality nationally, but it will still take time, resources and energy to win. In order to help guide our planning, we want to hear what you think about the issue.