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Letter: Protect our internet from fascism

To the Editor:

The fire hose of atrocities coming from President Donald Trump and the Republican administration is overwhelming. From abolishing rules that save environmental, consumer, banking and labor protections; practicing crony capitalism; proposing more tax cuts for the rich and corporate America; and now the latest nefarious act is to take away our free and open internet.

Recently, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai reversed decades of FCC policy by announcing a radical plan to undo net neutrality protections that have been in place in the U.S. since the beginning of the internet. He wants to eliminate the protections that have kept companies from blocking sites, slowing down or speeding up applications and charging extra for websites at their own whim.

Congressmen Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam both voted March 28 to remove the net neutrality regulations preventing internet service providers from spying on and selling your personal internet history without your express permission. 

Corporate supporters of this deregulation (a consumer protection) claimed that these regulations were duplicative and unnecessary. One wonders whether legalized bribery played a part in their voting decision or whether it is loyalty to big donors over their constituents. Why would they vote against an open internet and our right to privacy, exposing our browsing history, personal data and the content of our emails?

Ironically, both congressmen believe that Trump, unlike you, has a right to privacy, as they both voted the same day against compelling him to release his tax returns. Let’s put an end to this GOP fascism in November 2018.

Bob Janz

McHenry

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