Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed chair of the Federal Communications Commission, wants to do away with net neutrality. This is a terrible notion.
Net neutrality is various kinds of tricky to explain, but here’s an analogy: Right now, most Americans get their internet from one provider, like Comcast, Charter, Verizon, etc. Let’s pretend these telecommunications companies constructed a grocery store. Big sites and applications like Facebook, Netflix, Google, and Twitter are shoppers in line. Right now, with net neutrality, the checkout line at the grocery store lets open access. They legally can’t opt which lines move slower or faster. But if net neutrality going on around here, the telecom companies will have the power to favor their own content. In other terms, Comcast may let the Comcast streaming service use the express lane and force Netflix to get in line behind someone writing a check.
Our current net neutrality rules were approved two years ago, but Pai described the rules as “burdensome” and anti-innovation ,~ ATAGEND and this week, he began the process of dismantling them, with a vote coming next month.
Needless to say, people have strong opinions about this, and they should.
The FCC received millions of comments opposing the measure, but that’s not enough to sway Pai … yet. But in case he needs a few more thinks on the matter, here are nine reasons to fight for net neutrality.
1. If net neutrality goes away, your internet service provider gains a lot of power.
2. They will have the power to charge you extra for certain types of internet use or block certain sites wholly.
3. This is already happening in other countries that don’t have net neutrality. You have to pay for the type of internet you want to use, and it starts to add up really quickly.
4. So this entails:
5. Not to mention, certain types of sites can be slowed down at the discretion of the internet service provider.
Politics your ISP doesn’t agree with? Pornography your ISP doesn’t agree with? Good luck get that site to load.
“Net Neutrality” means corporations can’t pay to manipulate how you use the internet( PORN ).
If this going on around here , not only will all your data( PORN HABITS) be scrutinized by telecom companies, they can decide how fast your internet works on certain websites( YOUR PORN WON’T LOAD ).
— Bess Kalb (@ bessbell) November 21, 2017
6. Rolling back net neutrality has the potential to hurt small businesses because if the internet essentially becomes pay-to-play, they won’t be able to compete.
7. And as Sen. Elizabeth Warren indicates, it may obstruct future innovation too, as a slower, parceled internet won’t help anyone research or discover.
We don’t know who is going to have the next big idea in this country, but they’re probably going to need to get online to do it. The decision made today by @realDonaldTrump’s @FCC only tilts the playing field to favor the rich& powerful who have already stimulated it. #NetNeutrality
— Elizabeth Warren (@ SenWarren) November 21, 2017
8. And this isn’t a partisan issue. No one — left, right, center, or otherwise — should have the sites and resources they enjoy throttled or censored.
9. Because despite the name, this is not an issue you should remain neutral on. “Its about” access to a free internet.
But what can you do about this? A lot actually.
Then reach out to Jessica Rosenworcel. She’s another FCC commissioner who’s doing everything she can to preserve net neutrality. Let her know you support her efforts.
And when it’s time to vote, vote for an applicant who stand up for a free and open internet.
This is not about politics or partisanship.
It’s about big telecom companies deciding what you have access to. Join the conversation and speak up for these vital protections.
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