To: Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

Net Neutrality Protection

Net Neutrality Protection

Preserve Net Neutrality:

The proposal to abandon Net Neutrality on the internet in favor of a multi-tiered content-biased system is deeply flawed.

Why is this important?

The proposal to abandon Net Neutrality on the internet in favor of a multi-tiered content-biased system is deeply flawed. It would:

1. create a system that inhibits technical innovation by allowing ISPs to choose which technologies their customers can access.
2. create a system that protects entrenched companies while penalizing the start-ups that have been the life blood of the internet.
3. limit access of non-profit organizations that cannot afford "fast-lane" fees.
4. penalize media companies that do not directly own cable or satellite access to consumers.

The Internet has flourished under the de facto common carrier ISPs held until recently. It is time for the FCC to declare that ISPs are Common Carriers and hold them to that status.

Please exam with an open mind, see the value in net neutrality, to business and private users equal access enables creativity and new business growth. A two tear access to the internet is bad for competion, R&D and the next generation of new world beating businesses.

Professionals from the scientific community offer this view and as an MP you must listen to experts who are not in the pocket of lobbyists for example:-

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=75141

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/10/favorite_sites_looking_slow_today_its_a_net_neutrality_protest/


Reasons for signing

  • Penalising anyone who cannot pay the higher charges on what has to be viewed as a National Asset would be socially divisive, much like charging tolls on all motorways.
  • If we allow erosion of the basic principles of a peer agreements at the behest of companies who should be serving us we will ultimately be worse off for it.
  • This is effectively a 'land grab' which will impact, inevitably, against free movement of ideas. Must not be allowed and not needed.

Updates

2015-08-27 13:34:32 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-10-08 15:28:13 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-09-11 16:41:53 +0100

10 signatures reached