I know. Every day, it seems like there is a new, big issue. You’re tired of signing petitions, showing up at marches and calling your senators. We all are. But this is a big deal, too. Because it affects every one of us.
We already published a story on net neutrality back in 2014. But the issue is cropping up once again. Net neutrality is a principle that gives us the internet we have now. Free and open at a high-speed, no matter what website we go to.
But the new Federal Communications Commission director proposed looser regulations on net neutrality in May, which sounds like an oxymoron — and it is not good for the consumer. If you’re a visual learner, check out the infographic below from VPNmentor.com.
Basically, it would let internet service providers (ISPs) to slow down certain websites or applications based on how much money those companies pay them. This would essentially push out smaller companies that don’t have the money to buy promotion. The internet should be a place to view whatever you want, whenever you want.
John Oliver delivered a 20 minute rant in May about it. You’ll be glued to every second. He encourages the people of the internet visit gofccyourself. It automatically redirects you to the FCC comment form for the net neutrality issue. All you have to do is click “Express” and file a comment.
July 12 was the internet-wide Day of Action. On the website, there is a list of over 200 companies participating. Users have until July 17 to make their voices heard on the FCC website. According to comments on Oliver’s video, the day he posted it, the FCC website was so overrun with comments they disabled the submit button.
So it’s important now more than ever to continue action. Act not just on the Day of Action, but until they are overrun with comments all the time. The internet is a place of freedom, and we want to keep it that way.