Keep a free and open internet by saving net neutrality.
First of all, if you use the Internet at all, this issue is important to you. Net neutrality defines the way we use the Internet. Whether you only use it to watch the occasional YouTube video or if you are a heavy user who runs their own blog about cats doing stupid pet tricks, you want to keep the Internet neutral. Believe me, I understand those of you who are turning a blind eye to this thinking, “Net neutrality…that sounds technical. It can’t possibly include me.” You are wrong. All Internet users will be affected if Net Neutrality is repealed as a public policy.
Right now, we have free and open internet — meaning that you have the same access to bandwidth use as a giant corporation no matter what Internet Service Provider (ISP) you have and all content is accessible. What the government is trying to do by repealing net neutrality is to give all the power to the ISPs so that they can earn more money on you and your Internet behaviors. If they gain control of the Internet, your speeds will be slowed down because ISPs will be giving more bandwidth to their company-owned services and the larger corporations that can afford to pay for it and content may be policed. Net Neutrality is essentially free speech for the Internet.
Public enemy number one and ex-Verizon lackey, Ajit Pai is trying to overturn Obama-era regulations that made our beloved Internet Title II, which regulates against paid prioritization. Pai is the Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While he’s been involved with the FCC since 2012, he was recently named as Chairman by President Donald Trump.
Should Pai get his way, service providers like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast can degrade our lovely internet and hurt competition. This action would give big guys super fast speeds for paying more while slowing down the little guys to a dial-up speed. This is not what anyone who loves the Internet wants. It’s a surefire way to cripple companies like Netflix, the next Twitter or Facebook, and organizations trying to bring you news outside of the big name outlets.
Net Neutrality is not really a new concept. If you look at this from a historical perspective, the overturning of Net Neutrality is sort of a backdoor way to create monopolies. It gives the control to a handful of companies rather than allowing competition to naturally happen. The regulation of monopolies dates all the way back to the 1890s when the Sherman Anti-Trust Act became the first legislation passed by the U.S. Congress to limit monopolies. While the definition of a monopoly is a sector or industry dominated by one corporation, firm or entity, net neutrality as it currently stands keeps competition alive for a variety of Internet-based services.
This argument should sound familiar to you as we have had this battle once before but this time, the money-grubbing goblins are back and the Internet needs your help. WE need your help. Don’t let corporate enterprises steal your freedom. Help save Net Neutrality by using the link below and sending a letter to your congressman. Today, July 12 is the Day of Action for Net Neutrality. Your Internet experience may be a bit different than usual and many of your favorite sites may be showcasing the image below. Take action along with the millions of other Internet users to protect our beloved free Internet.