The end of net neutrality has literally everyone talking. On Tuesday, FCC Chair Ajit Pai announced a vote on a plan that would put control of what internet users see and use in the hands of big Internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast. This is censorship at its ugliest.
In part, his statement reads:
Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet. Instead, the FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.
Additionally, as a result of my proposal, the Federal Trade Commission will once again be able to police ISPs, protect consumers, and promote competition, just as it did before 2015. Notably, my proposal will put the federal government’s most experienced privacy cop, the FTC, back on the beat to protect consumer’s online privacy.
What this will actually accomplish is handing complete power to big corporations and they will take over the internet. Websites will have to pay the ISPs to get access to their readers. If a website can’t pay, it gets put in a slow lane where competition becomes nearly impossible. The users’ prices will go up, speeds will be decreased and will have less access. The vote for all of this to happen takes place on December 14.
This is putting everyone on edge. My oldest son who has never shown much interest in politics sat down to discuss this topic with me last night. Before he went to sleep, he wrote his first letter to a representative. I can’t say that this liberal mom wasn’t proud.
Check out some of the tweets regarding net neutrality. This may be the one issue that unites us all.
If you don’t fight for #NetNeutrality now, here are the questions you will ask later…
Why is my internet so slow?
Why is my bill so high?
Why can’t I view this page?
If you lose your mind because the internet is down or slow for 10 minutes, imagine if it was permanent. pic.twitter.com/ru7uIUuzex
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) November 21, 2017
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) November 21, 2017
— David Gorman (@LDeeep) November 21, 2017
#NetNeutrality is what allows me to do my job, what I love, and interact with amazing communities like the ones we have at @GeekandSundry. Don’t let them take it away! #SaveNetNeutrality https://t.co/ZWXut1xH3S
— Marisha Ray (@Marisha_Ray) November 21, 2017
URGENT: Call 202-224-3121 NOW & demand Congress keep #NetNeutrality. If you don’t, CORPS will 100% choose which websites you view and when. And make you pay THEM on a piecemeal basis for throttled service and their fake news.
— RonaM (@FloraAsta) November 21, 2017