No single service has greater potential to advance education in America than the internet. And there has been no greater threat to this service than the recent repeal of net neutrality.
Net neutrality ensured that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must treat all online data as the same regardless of content, source, or destination. Without it, many of the resources teachers and students use for education may be difficult – if not impossible – to access. In particular, it will be a serious issue for teachers and students at home. Online educational activities that will be impacted include but are not limited to:
- Creating and completing homework assignments
- Participating in online classes
- Conducting research
- Studying through educational games
- Communicating between teachers, students, and parents
Lower-income students will be hit the hardest. Students whose families cannot afford premium internet plans will fall behind on assignments. They will be unable to access high-quality educational websites or conduct research. They will even have more difficulty asking their teachers for help. How will kids explain their falling grades to their parents and teachers? What will happen to them in the future? This will have a ripple effect throughout their entire lives.
But it’s not too late.
There are several steps you can take right now to help reinstate net neutrality.
#1 Sign this petition.
Once this petition reaches 15,000 signatures, it will be sent to the leading members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the House of Representatives.
This bipartisan committee has enough members to force a vote on the resolution to turn back the FCC’s repeal under the Congressional Review Act. The Senate has already passed the resolution, but House Speaker Paul Ryan will not bring it to a vote in the House of Representatives.
Net neutrality is not just a technology issue. It’s an education issue, as well. We want to make sure the members of the Committee on Education treats it as such. This is why we demand they force a vote in the House of Representatives and vote in favor of reinstating net neutrality.
#2 Share this petition.
Help spread the word about this important issue – which 83% of voters support – and how the repeal of net neutrality will hurt America’s students and teachers.The loss of net neutrality will hurt America's students. Sign this petition to tell the House of Representatives to reinstate it. #NetNeutrality #SaveTheInternet Click To Tweet
#3 Call Congress.
Call your state legislators as well. Many states have pending legislation to save net neutrality. While federal legislation would be best, state legislation would help some students.
Our children’s education is a non-partisan issue. Every child deserves the right to a strong education so we can have a nation of informed citizens. Saving net neutrality will save our children’s futures.