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Hands Off My 'Net! - Keep the Internet Open

Date: December 5, 2017
Type: AFA Article

"Net Neutrality" is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.

The FCC is moving to implement a final rule to eliminate Net Neutrality rules. 

How, you may ask, does this affect us as Flight Attendants? Very simply, anything that impacts our ability to communicate electronically can have a devastating impact on our livelihoods. Flight Attendant internet phone bills could double if cell phone and internet providers are legally permitted to charge individually for access to different websites.

Flight Attendants need Net Neutrality not only to effectively do our jobs but to also keep in contact with family and friends while on the road. This issue affects all Americans, but it is especially troubling in our line of work where we otherwise “step out of our family lives” to make travel possible for the millions of people we serve each year.  In order to maintain our relationships with family and friends, we require connectivity in locations all over the world.

The FCC plans to vote in as little as two weeks to eliminate Net Neutrality protections that keep the internet free, fair and open. Call your Senators and Representatives NOW at 202-224-3121. Tell them to support Net Neutrality:

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