The FCC’s ruling to end Net Neutrality is about more than just slower Netflix and a pricier Facebook. It's a threat to free-speech in our modern world. When monopolistic corporations control the internet, they control our ability to organize resistance.
We cannot wait on action from a GOP congress who will continue to put their billionaire donors above the interests of the people they supposed to represent.
States like Hawaii must act now to save the equal-and-open internet. One option is to reject corporate internet services providers all together, and control our internet ourselves. Some municipalities, such as Chattanooga, have already shown that public and community-owned broadband attracts technology businesses and provides some of the nations fastest, affordable, and most-reliable internet to everyday people. I am currently drafting a bill in the State Legislature that will (1) declare that internet should be equal and open to all, (2) urge Congress to reverse the FCC's ruling against net neutrality; and; (3) set up a task force to explore the best practices and feasibility of community-owned broadband in Hawaii.
Just like roadways and electricity, we know that this is the future; and really, it's the only way to ensure Net Neutrality for decades to come. Let's send the FCC a message. Co-sign my bill for people-powered, super-fast internet for all.
-Kaniela Saito Ing