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Quotations about Net Neutrality

As of now, the Internet preserves our right to access all lawful content and software without interference. In other words, the Web is a level playing field: you can read, watch, play, browse and share on the same terms as everybody else. That level playing field — or "Net Neutrality" — is under threat. If we stand by, the Internet could become increasingly closed, centrally controlled and designed to serve the few instead of the many. It's up to us to protect the open Web. That's where you come in. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community, with a unified voice and solution, to protect the world's largest public resource. ~Mozilla, 2014

There is no free expression when you have to pay extra to stand on the soap box. ~Thor Benson, "Net Neutrality dies, then your art dies," 2014

A free and open internet is the single greatest technology of our time, and control should not be at the mercy of corporations. ~Mike Ciarlo,, 2010

If Ayn Rand were an up-and-coming author today, she wouldn't write about steel or railroads, it would be net neutrality. ~Mark Cuban, tweet, 2014

Net neutrality is the freedom to say, watch and make what we want online without interference from internet service providers. The FCC has a plan to destroy net neutrality. It's up to us to stop it. ~Mozilla, 2017  [a little altered –tg]

The possible death of net neutrality must go down. Don't take this one lying down. There is no room for apathy here. ~Thor Benson, "Net Neutrality dies, then your art dies," 2014  [a little altered –tg]

I am a big advocate of what is known as net neutrality. This means that providers are compelled to transmit content without political or commercial pre-selection. ~Thomas de Maizière, SPIEGEL interview with German Interior Minister by Holger Stark and Marcel Rosenbach, December 2010, translated from the German by Paul Cohen

Let's not sell out. And let's not let the government sell us out. Let's fight for net neutrality... Let's keep the Internet weird. Let's keep the Internet free. ~Al Franken, speech, SXSW Interactive, Austin, Texas, 2011

Net neutrality is very important. It allows a fair market. Yes, regulation to keep the Internet open is regulation. And mostly, the Internet thrives on lack of regulation. But some basic values have to be preserved. Democracy depends on freedom of speech. Freedom of connection, with any application, to any party, is the fundamental social basis of the Internet, and, now, the society based on it. Network Neutrality principles are comparable in importance to principles of free speech. There is a long tradition that democracies have of protecting their vital communications channels. We nurture and protect our information networks because they stand at the core of our economies, our democracies, and our cultural and personal lives. Let us protect the free and open Web and the Neutrality of the Net. ~Tim Berners-Lee, "Net Neutrality: This is serious," 2006

As someone who regularly writes about the crossroads of technology and culture, I've seen how a government's hands on the throat of the internet can seriously disrupt open communication. Revolutions have been started all over the world with the freewheeling internet as their home base. When the government cuts the lifeline, the citizens can no longer organize. ~Thor Benson, "Net Neutrality dies, then your art dies," 2014

Sadly, the internet is being killed. Net neutrality is dying a slow and ugly death. Soon the internet will be sold in tiers where only the ones with the most money will be available to the masses. ~Beggars & Cheeseburgers, "From the Editors," Hilbert, Arambula, and Jackson, 2010

In the next few days, the House of Representatives is going to vote on a bill that would fundamentally alter the Internet. That bill, and one that may come up for a key vote in the Senate in the next few weeks, would give the big phone and cable companies the power to pick and choose what you will be able to see and do on the Internet. Today the Internet is an information highway where anybody — no matter how large or small, how traditional or unconventional — has equal access. But the phone and cable monopolies, who control almost all Internet access, want the power to choose who gets access to high-speed lanes and whose content gets seen first and fastest. They want to build a two-tiered system and block the on-ramps for those who can't pay. ~Eric Schmidt, "A Note to Google Users on Net Neutrality," 2006

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