Update, May 18th:
Two days ago, the U.S. Senate has made a successful first step in the long battle towards restoring net neutrality. The Senate achieved a 52-47 vote in favor of an equal and open internet for all American citizens. Senators succeeded by invoking the CRA (Congressional Review Act) which allows them to revoke recent decisions of government agencies.
The Senate vote to save #NetNeutrality is a major victory for our economy and free speech, but this fight isn’t over. We need the House to do the same, or cable companies may be able to block or slow down what you read or watch online. Demand they act.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 17, 2018
This is good news and instills hope for all Americans who opposed the FCC and have been fighting against the repeal of net neutrality. This is the result of the ongoing efforts of several organizations and activists that chose to not give up and defend their rights. And we applaud that!
Yet, as mentioned, the winning battle is just starting!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has–Margaret Mead
Stand up. Speak up. Make a difference. A hefty thank you to those who have done so for #NetNeutrality. Keep it coming.
— Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) May 17, 2018
The next step: members of the House of Representatives have to pass their vote as well. To get a positive outcome, a full majority of House members have to support the reinstatement of net neutrality. If that will happen, the final move is for Donald Trump to sign and have the policy reversed. Everyone knows the White House always backed FCC’s decision in dissolving net neutrality.
But let’s not lose hope! Good things can still happen. Many probably didn’t dare to believe net neutrality is actually important for American senators. They proved they care. We should all continue to fight for it.
Victory! The Senate agreed with millions of Americans and voted to keep #NetNeutrality protections. Now we need to get the House to do the same. Visit https://t.co/EudDcfWpmt now to call your Representatives. pic.twitter.com/CCcsGtpJo8
— EFF (@EFF) May 16, 2018
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Update, December 15th: Despite everything, the inevitable occurred and the FCC’s final vote for dismantling net neutrality took place yesterday. U.S. ISPs have now full power to block websites, suppress services, and censor online content.
After the vote, it appears that several Republican voters declared to be against the resolution to put a stop to net neutrality. In addition, many attorney generals and state officials including members of the Congress plan to sue the FCC over the repeal.
The effects of the end of net neutrality will become official in a few months so maybe there is still hope.
However, CyberGhost VPN can still help you enjoy internet freedom like you used to and access any website you please.
As recently announced, the FCC had to come up with the final proposal regarding net neutrality until November 22nd. Yesterday, Ajit Pai announced that it will dismantle net neutrality rules, giving giant telecom and web companies full power on deciding what online content to deliver to their customers. Additionally, the end of net neutrality would mean that ISPs can either slow down or speed up web services at their own will. Clearly, only big companies will afford to offer the best connections to consumers.
FCC Chairman mentioned the new proposal would actually mean restoring internet freedom since it forces ISPs to be transparent on the costs they require users for each web service they provide. Customers can simply choose a service plan according to their needs and preferences. Basically, American citizens will pay different costs for a basic internet service and will have to pay more if they want to access music or movie websites, for example.
This totally contradicts the idea of free internet like we have all known it so far, not to mention that it favors unequal competition on the web services market.
Take a stand and fight against the end of the open internet
The draft order will have a final vote on December 14th; supporters of net neutrality including CyberGhost, can still fight against this decision and claim the FCC had weak reasoning on concluding to eliminate Title II of net neutrality. Title II states that internet is a utility service and prohibits internet providers to block or prioritize data and online content.
As mentioned before, this law affects all internet users worldwide even though it directly targets American citizens. A big internet censorship era is about to begin.
CyberGhost is a full-time defender of free internet and we are against killing net neutrality.
Right now, the Congress is the only authority that could write a law that prevents strict regulation of ISPs. We can all take a stand and can still fight against it by contacting the American Congress.
You can still enjoy free internet with CyberGhost
CyberGhost can give you a hand so you can enjoy an open, secure and anonymous web experience. When using CyberGhost, each time you start the app, you connect to one of CyberGhost servers and ISPs will not be able to see what websites you access. Mainly, you can choose to connect from a server outside the U.S.
You cannot only simulate you are browsing from a different country (one where net neutrality is still acknowledged), but all your data will be encrypted.
Download CyberGhost now so you can still benefit from a neutral internet!