Net Neutrality: You can help!

Why is it important to nonprofits like PWN?

Like other nonprofits, Pituitary World News (PWN) relies on grants and individual donations to sustain the educational content brochures, articles, POV’s, opinion editorials, and podcast we continually publish.  We provide these materials free of charge to anyone interested in learning and helping our mission to increase awareness of pituitary disease so more people are diagnosed properly and early.  A free, neutral internet that provides a leveled playing field to all participants is essential to this endeavor, and a critical factor in our ability to reach people to educate and inform.

Webster defines Net Neutrality as “the idea, principle, or requirement that Internet service providers should or must treat all Internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source, or destination”   In other words, net neutrality ensures that content won’t be prioritized for richer organizations that can pay more.  This post by “The Nerdy Nonprofit” sums it up nicely: “This regulation is what has allowed the Internet to function as it currently does—providing us all with equal opportunity to publish and promote what we want as well as to find it.”  The post also does a nice job of explaining other issues with the current effort to change the regulation.  At PWN we agree that it is critical for nonprofits to be heard on this issue and take action in support of Net Neutrality.

We urge you get involved.  Here’s how to do it:

Read this article by TechSoup’s Vice President of Strategic Alliances and General Counsel Sheila Warren.  In it, she provides several useful links for you to express your support, or read on for additional links from the TechSoup article:

“We Urge You to Act

Comments from nonprofits can simply focus on how you use and depend on the Internet to conduct your mission and on how slowdowns and increased rate charges would negatively impact your work.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and a broad coalition have designated July 12 as a Day of Action. TechSoup will be there and we urge you to participate, too. Together, we still have a chance of changing some FCC minds.

How to Submit Your Comment

To submit a comment to the FCC, go to the FCC website. Look for the title “Restoring Internet Freedom,” probably at the top of the list.

Next, click on the Express Reply link under Comment/Reply, then fill in your name and other information including your comment. All information submitted, including names and addresses, will be publicly available via the web.

Another option is to use the Electronic Frontier Foundation “Dear FCC” form at https://dearfcc.org/.”

Thank you!!

 

 

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