Social and Economic Justice, Net Neutrality
The Internet has truly changed the way the public accesses and experiences
information, entertainment and communication. It has become the
nucleus to healthy discourse, idea exchange, and ultimately democracy.
Today, the Internet has become a critical public necessity,
as use in the home, classroom and public space have fast moved from
the exception to the norm. The Internet exists at the core of global
communications and access to its use is near requirement.
However, free and open access to the Internet is under
threat from policymakers and corporate stakeholders who want to
monitor and control the public’s access and use of the Internet.
“The big phone and cable companies that control
access to the Internet for most Americans want to get rid of Net
Neutrality, the rule that prevents them from discriminating against
online content. They want to become the Internet's gatekeepers,
deciding which sites go fast or slow and which won’t load
at all – based on who pays them the most.”- Freepress.Net,
The Pacific Foundation is committed to supporting
organizations that are advancing the fight for Net Neutrality to
realize the following goals and impact:
- To ensure that the Internet remains a forum for
free and uncensored speech;
- To ensure that the Internet remains free, open
and accessible for all; and
- To support advocacy efforts around policy regarding
free and open Internet.
- Effective communications tools developed to build
public will in support of Net Neutrality;
- Successful policy advocacy around Net Neutrality.