Net Neutrality by definition is the concept that all Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) must treat all data on the internet the same, and therefore any discrimination based by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication is not allowed under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Without Net Neutrality, some websites could be blocked behind paywalls (eg YouTube) and data could be slowed so it forces customers to purchase more expensive package deals for internet.
US President Trump’s FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, wishes to remove Net Neutrality.
This is a critical issue as the FCC will vote on Pai’s proposal on December 14th. To speak out with the other’s on this issue, click here.
Although this vote is happening in the USA, do not think it will not affect those in other countries- it will.
Here is a direct quote from “Save the Internet“
“The internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the internet. Unlike the open internet that has paved the way for so much innovation and given a platform to people who have historically been shut out, it would become a closed-down network where cable and phone companies call the shots and decide which websites, content or applications succeed.
This would have an enormous impact. Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to decide who is heard and who isn’t. They’d be able to block websites or content they don’t like or applications that compete with their own offerings.
The consequences would be particularly devastating for marginalized communities media outlets have misrepresented or failed to serve. People of color, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples and religious minorities in the United States rely on the open internet to organize, access economic and educational opportunities, and fight back against systemic discrimination.”
To combat this threat, voice your concern. Only through the creation of awareness can this threat be swayed.
Here are a selection of sites to use to fight against the the removal of Net Neutrality:
To learn more about the removal of Net Neutrality view the sites below:
If you are now worried, you should be.