Why #NetNeutrality is Important.

Day 12 — Book Writing/Birthday Month



There are reasons to slow down.

To take a minute.

But when someone else controls this,

Controls your access.

Your internet.

Your bandwidth.

What you can watch.

Well, that’s not my jam.

You want Comcast to be your Daddy?

Decide what you get, watch, and how fast?

Most people I know do not.

It’s bad for free speech, civil rights and liberties

As well.

What is needed?

“Clear, lasting rules to protect internet

Freedom, support faster broadband

And new investment.” (@JohnHendel)

The FCC wants to repeal its rules from two years ago.

Which would give ISPs (Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, anyone

Giving access to the internet) the right to block content,

Charge for content, and slow down connectivity.

Get educated on this issue and if you feel so moved.

Participate: https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12/

What is Net Neutrality?**

The principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

Net neutrality is a principle about fairness on the Internet.

It holds that no ISP should be able to unfairly manipulate your Internet usage or your experience of the Web, particularly in ways that harm other businesses.

Proponents of the FCC’s net neutrality rules, which were passed in 2015, say strong regulations are necessary to prevent ISPs from artificially directing customers to sites and applications they control or with whom they share special business relationships.

Opponents say the rules are overly burdensome and that softening the rules would help them upgrade their networks.

The rules also ban Internet providers from extracting payments from websites as a condition of delivering their content to consumers’ screens.

The rules apply equally to wired and wireless provider, and also allow the FCC to investigate carrier practices that it deems a potential threat to competition.

What is Title II? It is what the FCC used to deal with Ma Bell.

Title II of the Communications Act is the only thing that makes the FCC’s rules enforceable against Internet providers. Title II is the same law that the FCC uses to regulate traditional telephone companies; by deciding in 2015 to regulate ISPs using Title II, the FCC put Internet providers under some of the same obligations as phone companies.

**(definitions used from Wikipedia, @b_fung article from today’s Washington Post)

Just a little food for thought.

I like my internet fast, fun and a little freaky.

So I called my Senators and added my name to the above.

Thank you for giving that little heart below a nudge if you liked this. :)

Written by Head Maven & CEO, Heather Newman, Creative Maven

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