Why You Need Net Neutrality

Today is a day of action across the internet.  Tech companies are having an online protest of proposed changes to net neutrality rules by the FCC.  The FCC wants to get rid of regulations from 2015 that prohibit internet providers like Comcast and Verizon from blocking websites, slowing them down, and prioritizing sites that pay.  Without net neutrality the internet would be more like cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.  Comcast and Verizon want to control what we see and do online and the FCC is ready to let them.  It’s up to us to stop them.  Team Cable would start charging websites if they want to be prioritized, that means that sites like Youtube and Google with billions of dollars will be easier for you to access.  Smaller sites like Vimeo might not be able to pay as much or more than Youtube, essentially putting them out of business because of slow speeds.  Sites across the internet, including this huge list, will be participating in today’s day of action.  That list has over 200 companies that agree on defending net neutrality.  A lot of them will be adding a slow loading image to show what the internet would be like without net neutrality.  Our website will be showing a message that you can use to send a message to the FCC (As long as everything worked out.  As a backup I also installed a wordpress plugin that’s supposed to do something similar.)  There is also an ad at the top of the Tyler Tech site that takes you to battleforthenet.com, a website created in support of net neutrality.  You can help too.  You can change your social media profile pictures to a loading icon, post these pictures, and sign some open letters.  I joined over 170 creators and added Tyler Tech to the Internet Creators Guild’s open letter to the FCC.  Net neutrality is essential in ensuring that the internet remains a level playing field for all creators.  Please support net neutrality *BUFFERING* so this *BUFFERING* isn’t normal (That makes more sense at the end of the video…)

 

Tyler Tech’s Site Is Up And Running Again!

You might have gotten an error message if you tried to visit our site since the end of June, but that is all (hopefully) fixed.  It all started out when we went over our monthly traffic allowed by our webhost.  Our account got locked until the end of June, and I managed to change DNS settings that made our website not load.  It took a week for the right settings to take effect.  On Friday, about an hour after the website was back, up our webhost was under a DDoS attack.  That took them the whole weekend to fix and on Monday I discovered that the Tyler Tech website got deleted from their servers.  Luckily, I made a backup after we went over our traffic and was able to retrieve the text from our old articles and upload that to our site as “archived”.  I decided to start from scratch after my first experience with WordPress and put this site together.  I will be keeping regular backups (and possibly looking into a new webhost), but in the end everything worked out.  Thanks for reading.  You can check out some of the archived articles here: http://tylertech.tk/category/from-old-site/  and read some newer articles on our homepage.