Use the Internet? Sign this Petition!
“Net Neutrality” is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014
I don’t know about you, Sen. Cruz, but access to the Internet is pretty crucial to my everyday life. Sure, I use it for fun stuff, like downloading books, keeping up with friends through social media and shopping, but it’s not just a luxury. It’s a necessity. I rely on it to market my business and communicate with clients. I use it daily to research projects. Heck, you might even say that without the Internet, my business wouldn’t be possible (it would certainly be a lot slower). All that could come to an end very soon if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decides to allow internet service providers (ISPs) — Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, etc. — to create premium (i.e, more expensive)”fast lanes” for smoother access. Big content providers like CNN will have the resources to pony up for speedy service. But Betty Blogger, for whom a free and open Internet — known as Net Neutrality — has leveled the playing field so she can build a strong platform of her own? Unless she’s able to pay the premium, she’ll sit in the slow lane. (Hmmm, we already pay more for Internet service and have slower service than … Estonia.) But don’t let me bore you with all that. CNN’s John Oliver has a much more fun explanation why you should care!
Yeah, we all should care about this one. Agree? Sign this petition to let the FCC know you want Net Neutrality to stay:
Still not sure the end of net neutrality will affect you? Here are some good resources for more info:
- The Oatmeal’s super-fabulous rebuttal to Sen. Ted Cruz
- Net Neutrality 101 (good overview from freepress)
- “Nobody is Neutral When It Comes to Net Neutrality” – Scientific American article on why reclassifying the Internet as a public utility may not be so easy
- Net Neutrality FAQs – American Civil Liberties Union (yep, it’s a free speech issue!)
- “Yes, Your Internet is Getting Slower” – Slate (how the ISPs are creating “artificial scarcity” of bandwidth)