Net Neutrality – What is it?

The internet that you know now is one in which you can visit any internet site that you like. This means that if you want to watch Netflix that you visit their website, select what you want to watch, and then you enjoy. You do this expecting that your internet provider will treat the Netflix traffic the same as if you had streamed the show from your cable provider’s website.

Treating all internet data the same, no matter the source is net neutrality.

How angry would you be if your phone company started dictating who you could or could not call and required you to upgrade your phone package if you wanted to call people outside of your normal network? This is similar to the situation we will be facing if net neutrality is destroyed. Our internet providers, that have a monopoly on service throughout much of the country, will be able to create different tiers of packages surrounding the websites we go to. Think this sounds made up? Packages like this already exist. Is this the type of ad we want to see here in America:

Without net neutrality, your cable company gets to choose how fast it delivers the content you are wanting to see. Net neutrality is in danger because on December 14th, Donald Trump’s FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, wants to get rid of it. Pai, a former top lawyer for Verizon, has chosen to ignore the close to 20 million comments in support of neutrality. In order to preserve our internet, I encourage you to call your representatives today. You can reach them at 202-224-3121.

 

 

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