Open Internet ensures our right to petition for a greener planet.
What if the company that provides your Internet could block your access to this email?
Right now, when you go online, every website is sent to your computer at the same speed, whether it is Facebook, Huffington Post or SierraRise. This concept, known as net neutrality, makes the Internet a fair and democratic system. It means the website of an oil billionaire works just as well as the blog of a grassroots environmental activist.
But this year, the FCC released a plan that would divide the Internet into fast and slow lanes, and allow Internet providers to charge for access to the fast lane.  This plan makes it possible for corporations to slow or block access to information, or speed up access in exchange for a fee.
The FCC’s plan threatens some of our most basic civil liberties: free speech, freedom of the press and the right to petition.
Earlier this week, President Obama spoke out in favor of open access to the Internet and asked the FCC to recategorize the Internet as a utility — like water or electricity — and ensure companies can’t charge for special privileges.  “Simply put: No service should be stuck in a ‘slow lane’ because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gate keeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth.” 
President Obama is right: An end to net neutrality would fundamentally change the Internet and give more power to wealth at the expense of freedom of information.
What if the company that provides your internet — like Comcast, Verizon, or Time Warner — could manipulate or even block information? What if dirty energy companies could pay more to ensure their websites are easier to access than those that promote clean energy? It could happen if the FCC doesn’t listen to President Obama!
Net neutrality means you can continue speaking out to protect endangered right whales, demand Google cut ties with climate deniers and stop pesticides that kill our bees.
Earlier this year, the FCC’s website was flooded with so many comments about net neutrality that it broke their website. It looks like this got the President’s attention, but now we need to ensure the FCC is listening too!
In it together,