Support House Bill 4819

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On Monday, April 23, the Federal Communications Commission's dismantling of net neutrality - the system assuring the free flow of information on the internet — becomes effective. Under the new rules, large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to discriminate and regulate the flow of information on the basis of content. Imagine the internet being slowed down for access to specific information or ideas based on political agenda or a favored corporate message.

The internet is today's public square. To ensure the free flow of ideas and information, we need ISPs to treat online data equally, and not engage in discrimination for commercial or ideological reasons. House Bill 4819, now being considered by the full Illinois House, is an important step in protecting the free flow of information in Illinois.

Contact your state representative and support House Bill 4819 today!

Message Recipients:
Your State Lower Chamber Representatives

Keep the internet open
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Dear Representative,

As a strong supporter of free speech and a free exchange of ideas on the internet, I urge you to support House Bill 4819, a measure that would help keep an open internet in in Illinois. As you know, it is now up to leaders in the states to protect this basic principle after the Federal Communications Commission acted to dismantle net neutrality.

House Bill 4819 requires internet service providers (ISPs) who take State money to honor net neutrality principles in our state and all ISPs be transparent about any practices in which they engage that violate these principles. ISPs who contract with the State of Illinois to provide internet connections would be required to honor these principles and not restrict the flow of information based on paid prioritization or ideology. And, the bill requires all ISPs to disclose practices that are inconsistent with net neutrality. By requiring ISPs to honor net neutrality principles, House Bill 4819 ensures that all Illinoisans are on a level playing field whenever they access government resources and information on the internet.

House Bill 4819 maintains the status quo in Illinois – an open internet – and protects against many harms to the health of our democracy. I urge you to support it when it is considered in the House.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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