So you may have heard a few things about Net Neutrality going around the internets these days. “What is it?” is probably the question that’s going through most of your minds right now if you haven’t been informed about it much. Well the first thing you want to know is how it got started in the first place.
If you haven’t known, Net neutrality has been around for a long time, but only recently has it actually had a law that would make it “rule” or “official”. This was due to a Act approved during the Obama Administration to essentially make the internet an “even playing field”. If you want to read more on how the process went down back in the Obama days, check out this page: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/node/323681
If this doesn’t make sense, keep reading…I haven’t actually explained what Net Neutrality is. So here we go…
Net Neutrality, is basically the rule that the internet should be treated as a public utility, such as electric, gas, water, etc. So overall it prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Verizon, Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T, and the like, from regulating the content you access over the internet. I.E. charging more to access particular sites or apps, videos, or ANY content on the internet without ease of access. Right now, the internet works as a flat rate for access. This, in turn, would allow ISPs to fluctuate rates just because of the content you access.
So the FCC approved this back in like 2016, and this was the first official “thing” (for lack of a better word) that was put in place to protect this. Now we’re in the process of the FCC trying to get rid of this and this is not good at all.
ABCnews.go.com has a great article about how not having net neutrality will affect the internet in general and here’s the link: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/major-ways-internet-change-net-neutrality/story?id=21541399
The one that pops out to me the most is point number 5. “5. Greater technological divide by income, demographic”. As if we needed another variable to separate or divide us from the 1%. Those who are unable to afford to pay for “better” internet service will suffer.
So, what can you do to help?
Call your member of Congress to express your concerns! Especially the GOP representatives. You don’t know who your Congressperson is? https://callyourrep.co <—BAM, there you go.
The vote goes down Today (12/14/2017) at 10.30a Eastern, so I apologize for being a little late to get out to the masses, but hopefully this last push will help generate the buzz we need. Share this a much as you can until 10.30 Eastern!
I hope I was able to clear up some information for you all but if you have any additional questions to ask, please feel free to drop a comment and I will respond as quickly as I can. We need to keep Net Neutrality around for the greater good of the internet. I know that sounds corny, but it’s really a legitimate concern. Let’s show Congress we will not let them take our internet away!