Tomorrow is the “Internet-Wide Day Of Action”. This is a response to the FCC’s decision to dismantle net neutrality. This is an important issue that people have been fighting for for years now. It’s frustrating that the same argument and discussion needs to be had every few years, largely driven by the dollar signs seen in the eyes of a few business men.
Net neutrality prevents Internet Service Providers (Comcast, Version, AT&T, Spectrum/Time Warner) from slowing down and/or blocking websites from their paying customers. It prevents these ISPs from going to a company like Netflix and saying “If you pay us, we will make sure your service is fast. If you don’t, we won’t guarantee anything”. It also prevents the idea of “cable packages” being applied to the Internet. The kind of cable packages you would get where if you pay $14.99 more a month, you get access to Stars. Can you imagine a world where Comcast had a “Social Package” you needed to pay for just to access Twitter & Facebook?
Net neutrality protects consumers and ensures the Internet, which has become central to our lives, is not locked down or controlled by large ISP companies. The Internet is what it is today because of net neutrality. It has created amazing companies, brought people together and been a place for huge creativity to grow. If the Internet becomes more like Cable TV, all of the growth and communities we’ve seen will become throttled or dry up all together.
This issue isn’t just important to “nerds” like myself. A lot of big companies are also joining in this Internet-Wide Day of Action to fight for an open Internet. Here are just a few big companies reported supporting this day of action:
As you go about your day tomorrow, you will see the effects this issue has. Many sites, (mine included) will be displaying popups, banner ads and push notifications to get the word out. As we’ve seen the last two times, let us show the FCC for a third (but probably not last) time that the Internet wants to remain open.
Join the fight here to make your voice heard.
If you are able, donate here to help fight for the future.