November 22, 2017
Imagine an internet that looked like cable TV. One giant corporation charging you different prices for access to different sets of channels, except in the internet, sets of channels become sets of websites. You want Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon video? That’s one charge. Want access to approved news sites? Want to go to a site that isn’t on THEIR approved list? You’ll face massive extra charges, throttling down of internet speed, or the sites will be blocked entirely. And just like TV, there won’t be much you can do about it. Keep in mind that this is all being done to us simply because massive, multinational telecom corporations (Verizon, AT&T, Comcast) are able to spend unlimited money buying our elections, and poisoning our airwaves with misinformation. This is exactly why many people don’t hear about it as the big three cable news networks are all owned by the corporations who are lobbying to end net neutrality.
On Tuesday, FCC Chair and former Verizon lawyer, Ajit Pai, announced the plan to dismantle net neutrality.
Ending the internet as we know it will be a detriment to our homes, local small businesses, communities, online content creators, and independent journalist (who also report on topics like net neutrality).
The internet is part of our information commons. We need to protect our internet freedom.
Our 21st Century economy relies on a free and open internet. We must protect net neutrality and continue this fight until we guarantee a free and open internet forever.