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…)

 

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