Psst…the Net Neutrality vote in Dec affects YOU.

When you go to a diner, you have certain expectations.

You expect to be able to sit at whatever open table or booth you prefer.  You expect to be able to order anything off the menu you like and you expect that your server will bring it to you as quickly as they can.  You expect to be in control of your diner experience.

Imagine if you weren’t.

Imagine now there’s a line to get into that same restaurant, but only if you don’t pay the brand new VIP fee to skip the wait.

Imagine your server hands you a new menu but it only has two items on it.  What happened to the old menu, you ask.  It’s still available, he tells you, but only if you pay the new VIP fee.

Imagine if you wanted to order the meatloaf, your favorite dish, but the owner just bought a truckload of chickens.  He tells you that suddenly there’s a two-hour delay on the meatloaf but the breast and thigh special is ready immediately.  Of course you can get the meatloaf right away if you pay the new VIP fee.

Imagine all that, and chances are you’d hate what they did to your favorite diner.

Well, that’s exactly what they’re trying to do to your internet.

If you’re reading this then you’re on the internet and therefore the upcoming FCC vote on the Net Neutrality issue December 14 greatly affects you.  (Link to Information)  If you’re at all confused about what Net Neutrality is, just picture the diner in the previous example.  The internet with net neutrality is like the restaurant before all the VIP line fees and menu charges, back when you could order the meatloaf if you wanted it regardless of what the owner prefers.

Net Neutrality insures the gatekeepers of the internet don’t ruin your diner.

FreePress says when you go online you have certain expectations. You expect to be connected to whatever website you want. You expect that your cable or phone company isn’t messing with the data and is connecting you to all websites, applications, and content you choose. You expect to be in control of your internet experience.

When you use the internet, you expect Net Neutrality. (Link to Article)

Unfortunately, Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, wants to destroy the Net Neutrality rules we carefully established back in February 2015.  These rules, under Title II of the Communications Act, prevent internet providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon from blocking, throttling, or otherwise interfering with web traffic.

Which they very much want to do, BTW.

But now Ajit Pai, who is a former Verizon lawyer, is attempting to reclassify these common carriers under Title I again, which would give control of the internet back to the very companies that violated Net Neutrality for years before the FCC adopted its current rules.  (Link to Article)

In other words, he’s trying to ruin the diner.

Who exactly stands to lose from this crucial vote on Dec. 14?

You do, sir or madam, if:

  • You prefer to have unlimited access to the social sites you like to visit, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • You’re a teacher or educator who uses the internet to access information or to create an online classroom environment using sites like Wikispaces Classroom
  • You’re an activist who wants to organize for racial and social justice but who prefers that ISPs not block your messages or websites.
  • You’re a small business owner, startup, or entrepreneur who relies on the open internet to launch your business, create markets, advertise your product and services, and reach customers.

Despite tens of millions of comments from internet users who prefer to keep the current protections in place, Chairman Pai wants to replace the agency’s strong rules with “voluntary” conditions that no ISP would ever follow.   ISPs like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are the internet’s gatekeepers, and without these restrictions, it’s not hard to imagine them seizing every possible opportunity to profit from that gatekeeper position.  And it’s no surprise that the Trump administration is doing everything in its power to clamp down on dissent.  (Link to Article)

Unless we, the people, decide to stop this.

FreePress is launching #TeamInternet, a bold plan to combine people power with technology to build an unstoppable volunteer grassroots network of Net Neutrality activists.  Together, they say, we’ll push back against threats to internet freedom.

Now imagine the internet if we don’t.

  • Mike Lukas

 

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