Public Policy Director
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) Opposes Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a plan to dismantle net neutrality rules that ensure equal access to the internet. These rules, established in 2015, prohibit high speed internet service providers from favoring, slowing, or blocking websites.
“The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits urges the FCC to keep the internet free and open because nonprofits rely on high-speed internet access,” said Rebecca Lucero, Public Policy Director at MCN. “Equal access to the internet ensures that organizations of every size can engage more people in their work, garner financial support, and deliver important programs.”
By un-doing net neutrality rules, the internet would become a “pay-to-play” technology where nonprofit organizations would not have access to the same speedy or cost-effective internet. Removing these rules would also hurt the openness of the internet that has allowed for a free flow of information and expression, which are cornerstones of a healthy democracy.
MCN urges the FCC to uphold net neutrality rules to continue to allow nonprofit organizations to create and grow charitable contributions, provide jobs, and give consumers robust choices in their philanthropy.