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Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Wants Fans to Stand Up to Congress on Net Neutrality

Linkin Park rapper Shinoda posts series of tweets encouraging fans to contact the FCC to voice their opinions on plans to repeal net neutrality rules.

Mike Shinoda wants you to get involved. The Linkin Park rapper tweeted out a series of calls to action to the band’s Soldiers early Tuesday morning (Dec. 12), urging them to send a letter to their members of Congress to voice support for keeping current Net Neutrality rules in place.

The issue has been in headlines lately, because FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to hold a vote on Thursday (Dec. 14) about rolling back the rules that prohibit internet service providers from slowing down or blocking content from competitors.

The rollback is expected to pass on a 3-2 party line vote and a number of prominent technology and entertainment voices have spoken out in favor of keeping the rules in place in order to preserve what they say is the natural, free order of the internet.

Check out the tweets from Shinoda:

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Other celebs, including actress Evangeline Lilly and singer Margo Price, have urged opponents to #BreakTheInternet and call their representatives to stop the action.

Earlier this month, more than 150 entertainers — including Tom Morello, Michael Stipe, Incubus and Atmosphere, among others — signed an open letter to Congress to stop the planned vote.

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And, in an open letter to the committee deciding the fate of the rule, a group of technology and internet pioneers urged the FCC to cancel the vote to repeal. Among the signees: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, World Wide Web inventor and MIT professor Tim Berners-Lee, internet pioneers Vinton Cerf, Scott Bradner, Stephen Wolff, Paul Vixie, David Reed and Stephen Crocker, as well as cybersecurity expert Susan Landau and Princeton University Chair of Computer Science Jennifer Rexford. 

“We are the pioneers and technologists who created and now operate the Internet, and some of the innovators and business people who, like many others, depend on it for our livelihood. We are writing to respectfully urge you to call on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the December 14 vote on the FCC’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order,” they wrote.

“This proposed Order would repeal key network neutrality protections that prevent Internet access providers from blocking content, websites and applications, slowing or speeding up services or classes of service, and charging online services for access or fast lanes to Internet access providers’ customers. The proposed Order would also repeal oversight over other unreasonable discrimination and unreasonable practices, and over interconnection with last-mile Internet access providers. The proposed Order removes long-standing FCC oversight over Internet access providers without an adequate replacement to protect consumers, free markets and online innovation.”

Click here to read the full letter. And click here to voice your opinion on Net Neutrality.