We need to save the internet and preserve net neutrality.
First let’s forget politics. Let’s think about our friends, our favorite bloggers, vloggers, small businesses and their visitors, us. Let’s talk Net Neutrality; what is it and why is it so darn important? Let’s start with an example of a scenario with no net neutrality.
That online shop you love?
Your internet provider, without net neutrality could make you pay more to visit that shop.
For example you love an online shop called ‘Little Shop of Perfect Things I Need Now’ (sounds good?!). This shop has some of the best designers that make things exactly like you want them, and they aren’t available at the big shops. You’ve found the ‘gem’ of online shopping.
If the shop ‘Little Shop of Perfect Things I Need Now’, doesn’t pay your provider so you can find them, access them, they’ll get pushed out. But you have found them, so no big deal, because you’re cool and no where to find them, right? Not really going to make a bit of difference how savvy you are online, your provider will have the power, and be allowed to charge you extra for visiting the pages you like.
So Net Neutrality in a nut shell = internet freedom. It’s important we preserve it. Even those of us not in the USA, we will all feel this. Small businesses, creatives, buyers and sellers, this is a big deal. Time to sit back and let me try to explain. Since I’m not so savvy with words, and this is too important to get wrong, I’m going to provide you with some embedded video, and some tweets from concerned citizens, politicians & celebrities. You can also go here -> and notify congress you want to preserve net neutrality.
If you’re not mad about what’s going on right now with #NetNeutrality, then you haven’t been paying attention.
The US Government has revealed plans to repeal net neutrality laws on December 14. It’s a move that could change the digital landscape and allow internet providers to favour some content providers over others. So why is the US Government doing it, and what will it mean for content providers and consumers?
First, what is net neutrality?
Net neutrality is the concept that all content on the internet is equal.
It means the lowliest blog can be accessed in the same way and at the same speeds as the biggest online giants. It’s long been an unwritten rule of the internet, but in 2015 former US president Barack Obama made it official, bringing in rules that treated internet service providers like public utilities. Those rules barred providers from blocking or slowing down access to content, and charging for faster access.
So just as a water company can’t ask you to pay extra to access cleaner water, your internet provider wouldn’t be able to charge you more to access certain sites or better speeds.
It has been pointed out to me that a better analogy using water would be the following:
You pay for water (internet), but then you are charged extra when you want to use the water. Showers $5,99 or if you buy now $2000,- annually! Watering plants? That’ll be an additional charge of $9,99. Washing vegetables? That is in our premium package, and not allowed with the basic package.
It can be a difficult issue to get your head around, so this viral video from John Oliver might help.
Why is the US Government doing this?
US President Donald Trump has long been against net neutrality, and in 2014 described Mr Obama’s proposed regulations as a “power grab”.
He likened it to the Fairness Doctrine, a US regulation from 1949 to 1987 that required broadcasters to present controversial issues of public importance in a balanced way.
Obama’s attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2014
What’s been the reaction to the news in the US?
The US’s biggest internet providers are celebrating.
Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon say it could lead to billions of dollars in additional broadband investment.
But some of the biggest content providers like Google, Facebook and Netflix are opposed to the move.
They say it would make it harder for start-ups because only the largest companies would be able to afford the cost of getting preferred treatment.
What happens next?
The US FCC will vote to repeal the regulations on December 14.
It looks like activist groups in the US are already gearing up for another round of protest and action. Battle for the Net is calling on supporters to call Congress to make their views clear.
In the past it’s also urged websites to go black, slow speeds or include pop-ups in protest. But with three Republican and two Democratic commissioners, the move is all but certain to be approved.
The FCC has been unwilling to provide information that is critical to the investigation: https://t.co/xxFjSg6Pxf
— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) November 22, 2017
Without #NetNeutrality would our favorite bloggers have stood a chance? Let alone become popular? For example @designlovefest @ohjoy @abeautifulmess . Would we have been able to have found their blogs online without Net Neutrality? Not unless they were loaded $$ and us too. 1/3
— Micheile Henderson (@teresamicheile) November 24, 2017
— Aroon Deep (@AroonDeep) November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving w/out ‘neutrality’ Plates, & vegetables are included. But since there is no Thanksgiving Neutrality, you’ll need to upgrade for the turkey and gravy package. Pie is available with our *premium package as are utensils *=not available in all areas. #netneutrality
— Micheile Henderson (@teresamicheile) November 24, 2017
Sent an email to the #FCC asking questions about #NetNeutrality and the #blogging industry. If you’re a #blogger you should do the same! Write your congress people too, especially if you’re in a #redstate let our voices be heard! #CallToAction pic.twitter.com/JjaXUVa26S
— Melanie (@travelsnearnfar) November 23, 2017
— Casey (@dressedtocode) November 21, 2017
— paris summer (@parissummer) November 23, 2017
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 21, 2017
Just in case you don’t understand how important net neutrality is. Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, Instagram are just a small percentage of the services that wouldn’t exist without net neutrality. I please urge you to get aware and support the movement.
— Ian (@helloitsian) November 22, 2017
Hi just a reminder that you should support net neutrality or else you will HAVE to pay for youtube, Twitter, snapchat, instagram, etc.
— logan🙇🏻 (@swoonedsivan) November 22, 2017
These are all free apps available right now… but if #NetNeutrality disappears, you’ll have to pay to use all of them.
— J Craig (@jcraigopro) November 23, 2017
Service providers could slow down the Internet and force you to pay a huge price just to get ACCESS to things like Twitter, instagram, etc. They are the ones behind this as well and would benefit from rules being put against Net Neutrality while everyone else would suffer.
— Christian Hasler (@Cmoore1700) November 23, 2017
Imagine having to pay for Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Netflix, pretty much anything and everything on the internet that could be considered a premium. Well if you don’t take the repeal of Net Neutrality seriously then you will start paying. Call your state legislator.
— Sebastian (@SebastianStreve) November 21, 2017
Watch this for any easy understanding of Net Neutrality. http://mashable.com/2017/11/22/net-neutrality-call-your-reps-take-action/#lcFnHF3QHqq5
We have just 3 weeks to save net neutrality.
Comcast, Verizon and AT&T want to end net neutrality so they can control what we see & do online. First, they want to gut FCC rules. Then, they plan to pass bad legislation that allows extra fees, throttling & censorship. But Congress can put a stop to all of this. Write & call now!
Join The Battle, has a form that is easy and helpful to use. Please help preserve Net Neutrality!
sources: twitter.com , Battle For The Net, and ABC news.