Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know
On Tuesday, Dec 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will put the federal government’s net neutrality rules on track for extinction, thereby killing the open marketplace, hurting consumers and businesses, both large and small.
Pai, whom President Trump appointed year, says the FCC will vote to rescind the net neutrality rules on Dec. 14, 2017, with the majority of his commission expected to support the measure.
Without net neutrality rules, medium and small businesses will not be able to afford additional charges for preferential treatment. Businesses with websites will have to rely on expensive/paid placement services like Google and Yelp to reach new customers, since their own websites may load slower than those of larger internet companies.
Here’s a NY Times video on the subject
Throttling speeds is a form of censorship.
This censorship may start as early as the end of January, 2018.
If the move goes through as expected, internet providers like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast will be allowed to charge websites to reach users at faster speeds. This will slow down access to websites that can’t afford fast-lane prices. When a website loads slowly, people navigate away. This gives a huge advantage to the big companies or ones willing or able to pay more to their providers.
This “tiered internet” is not permitted currently. That’s important because it keeps the internet fair and neutral. The internet is considered a PUBLIC utility.
If you’re concerned about the fact that the internet could be a very different place in less than two months, now is the time take action.
If Pai hears that there’s just too much political liability in revoking the rules, he can slow down and not rush the vote. Here is one tool to see if your Representative is for or against net neutrality.
Click here for BattleForTheNet.com
Please write/call/ post/ engage. Our collective future depends on a free and open internet.