It Was Nice While It Lasted

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. (Photo: <a href=ALA Washington Office / Flickr)” width=”400″ height=”276″ />FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. (Photo: ALA Washington Office / Flickr)They say that all good things must come to an end. I don’t know if that’s true. But when it comes to an open Internet, something which I’ve very much appreciated having and I suspect you have too, it looks like that saying might be true.

After a federal appeals court threw out the existing rules on net neutrality in January, the Federal Communications Commission now looks to be proposing weaker rules that would allow big Internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon to charge websites premium fees to deliver content to consumers more quickly.

What does that mean in a nutshell? Bad news for smaller web companies, startups and nonprofits. Bad news for your average Internet users who could find themselves paying more or getting shut out. Bad news for you and me as readers of independent news and people who believe in getting perspectives from outside the corporate media bubble.

And bad news for Truthout. We work hard to bring you hard-hitting reporting and fresh, insightful analysis, without the corrupting influence of corporate money. If net neutrality is lost, we’ll face daunting new challenges – which is why the support of our readers is even more essential than ever.

Truthout will keep bringing you the latest on the fight to save the open Internet – it’s just one of the issues our staff reporter Mike Ludwig is dedicated to covering. But we need your help to do it. Can you support us with a tax-deductible donation now?

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