This is a really big deal. This will negatively affect every single one of us. It’s time to raise hell. We need to make our voices heard on this loud and clear. Call your Congresspeople!
Maybe this is about Trump’s obsessive jealousy of Obama and his pathetic need to destroy every good thing our former president ever did. Or maybe it’s just about Republican greed and living out their motto….”I’ve got mine. Screw you.” Either way this is very bad news for you and me.
On Tuesday, Republican Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that they will be completely repealing the net neutrality rules that Obama put in place in 2015 to keep the internet fair and free.
There are several ways that this could affect you. Here are just a few….
For starters, this will greatly affect your diversity of content. Without net neutrality, your provider could promote their own web content and services, all while systematically excluding their competitors. It would also really hinder innovation. The next big Facebook or Google would never get a chance because they’d be muscled out by the big corporations running the web.
Discrimination is another problem. Your provider could decide what information that you are able to see by making some things easy to access while making others extremely slow or completely impossible to find. Basically, without net neutrality, the Internet would turn into a “tiered system” where those who can afford it would have the fast lane, and everyone else would be stuck in the slow lane.
One of the fundamental ideas of the Internet from the beginning was that every website, feature, and service should be treated equally, without discrimination. This concept is what allows a blogger, like me, to compete with places like Fox News or CNN. When you do a search for something online, you should be able to pull up all of the things that best match your request, not the things that have paid more money to reach you.
Another problem is double charging. Right now network owners charge you for access to the Internet. Without net neutrality they will be able to charge you not only for access, but also for all of your activities while you’re online. And they don’t even have to charge you directly. Because by charging huge fees to places like Netflix, for example, those places would be forced to pass those charges on to the consumer. And everything you do online would be subject to fees, making the Internet essentially a pay-per-view medium.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Republican FCC Chair said,
“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet. Instead, the FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.”
We must stop this.
If Trump and the Republicans get rid of net neutrality it will be a huge win for telecommunications giants, including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast. But it will be a major loss for consumers, both financially and in terms of access to content on the internet.
It’s time to call your elected representatives and demand that they leave net neutrality rules in place. Call: 202-224-3121
You can also use Resistbot to contact your reps. Just text “RESIST” to 50409 on your cell phone and follow the prompts. Resistbot lets you text your message and then they fax it directly to your Congresspeople and Governor. It’s quick and easy and you can use it every day.
Now let’s get busy! The FCC will take a final vote on this on December 14.