Our Internet Rights and Freedom: Going…Going…Gone

Why should you care?

A free uninhibited internet provides an environment for exponential growth in:

  • Education
  • Free speech
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Engagement
  • Social Mobility

The internet as we know it is in great danger.

What is Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is the internet as we experience it now. It is neutral. No company has the right to determine what websites receive advantages. For the most part, all websites are on equal footing. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking swift action to reclassify the current definition of the internet. The new rules proposed by the FCC will loosen regulations on private companies allowing them to determine what websites will be faster.

Authorities on Net Neutrality

The New York Times wrote an excellent article titled “Who Invented ‘Zero’?,” which talks about the implications of dismantling current net neutrality regulations.

 of National Public Radio (NPR) wrote an article titled “FCC Votes To Begin Rollback Of Net Neutrality Regulations,” where she writes a great summary about “net neutrality:”

“The term net neutrality has come to encapsulate the idea that Internet providers such as Comcast or Verizon should treat all web traffic equally and fairly. This means they can’t block access to any websites or apps, and can’t meddle with loading speeds. The 2015 rules also included a ban on so-called paid prioritization: the idea that Internet providers shouldn’t give special treatment to apps and websites that pay extra.”

What does the ACLU Say?

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 

“New technologies now allow telecom companies to scrutinize every piece of information we send or receive online — websites, email, videos, internet phone calls, or data generated by games or social networks. And they can program the computers that route that information to interfere with the data flow by slowing down or blocking traffic and communicators that they don’t like, and speeding up traffic they do like or that pays them extra for the privilege.”

What can you do?

Reach out to your Congressional representative and spread the word.

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