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Former Congressman, decorated Admiral of the Navy and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak (D. PA) has teamed up with calling on the FCC to restore net neutrality:
Rep. Joseph Sestak, D-Pa., answers questions at Netroots Nation, a gathering of self described progressive bloggers and online activists in Pittsburgh,  Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. Sestak spoke to the convention afterSen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa.,  his opponent  in the upcoming primary election for Specter's U.S. Senate seat. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) ORG XMIT: NGM_0KODS41A  ***** Headline;  Specter and Sestak woo liberal voters ** Health care and abortion are the top subjects at the Netroots Nation convention. (8/15/09) *****    ***** Headline:  Town hall featured some iffy claims **Whittling Sestak and Toomey's sound bites down to unvarnished facts. (9/6/09) ***** ..
Since 2011, the FCC’s net neutrality rule ensured that Americans could access internet content equally, no matter how they access the internet. For example, if your internet service provider was Comcast, (which owns NBC content) they could not control your internet usage, even on competitor’s websites, like watching “Modern Family” on

However, on January 14, a federal court struck down net neutrality, opening the door for internet service providers to slow down or completely block any website they choose. In addition, they could charge additional fees to access some of your favorite sites like Netflix and YouTube.

This is harmful to the American consumer as well as our economy – the internet’s open and level playing field enables the growth of tech startups. Would Amazon and Twitter have emerged in a restricted, filtered internet?

All that it takes is for the FCC to garner the political willpower to appeal this disastrous decision, or re-write their internet polices. With regards with redoing FCC internet policies, internet service providers are regulated like phone companies, but if the FCC reclassified them as “common carriers,” they could regain oversight. Either way, net neutrality can be reinstituted if the FCC fights back. Please sign this petition and forward it to others, and we’ll deliver it to the FCC to urge them to preserve the internet as we know it.

Joe Sestak is a former 3-Star Admiral and U.S. Congressman. He is seeking to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate in 2016. Visit his website at

TWEET THIS PETITION: The end of the internet as we know it? Sign the petition asking FCC to fight for #NetNeutrality #IWantMyInternetBack

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Originally posted to pdc on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 04:17 PM PST.

Also republished by Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, Philly Kos, DKos Pennsylvania, Military Community Members of Daily Kos, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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