Why net neutrality stinks

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Over the past couple of weeks(again), we have been hearing about something called net neutrality. As a freelance web developer I think it’s a terrible idea!

Per And.Co( http://and.co) our economy currently is in the gig economy there are a lot of freelance web developers, graphic designers, bloggers, and etc. If net neutrality doesn’t stay in effect it’s going to effect all of every freelancer and agencies. This fight has been intense for the past couple of years. The internet should be a place of public speak. On Friday, some companies like Spotify and Dropbox joined 60,000 other internet users to protest.

What is net neutrality?

So far I said somethings and you are probably wondering what it is. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization — “fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else.

Imagine you have to pay extra for your beloved Netflix, Hulu, or Spotify. It would be sorta of like shopping again for cable packages. Even thought shopping for those are tough now.

Recently I was chatting with a co-worker of mine that works in the web department at my current job. He stated “I think there might be layoffs because people will be shopping less online.” After I thought about that statement net neurality became more real to me. I believe that you should join this cause and help keep net neurality. We only have until July 12, 2017!

More information found at https://www.battleforthenet.com/

Michael Wyatt is a freelance web developer located in Akron, Ohio. 

All opinions do not express the opinions of my employer or vendors.

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