You may not be familiar with the term, “Net Neutrality” and if you aren’t, you’re likely also unaware that today, July 12, 2017 is an important day for the internet and internet users, today is the Day of Action for Net Neutrality.
“What is net neutrality and why is it of the upmost importance, Bill?”
Great question, thank you for asking!
Net Neutrality is the principle that all content and applications on the internet should be treated equally by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Without net neutrality, ISPs (think Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, Charter, Verizon, Cox, Frontier, etc.) would be able to control and prioritize access to certain sites, content and applications for companies who pay them fees.
Why is that an issue?
Another damn good question. If we didn’t have the net neutrality regulations that FCC set in place in 2015, these large ISPs could then throttle, block, and censor smaller websites, companies and content providers who cannot afford to pay them hefty fees; showing favoritism to the huge companies that can. SO, you could potentially have different experiences from website to website based on the financial interests of these ISPs.
Back in 2015 on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver did a great job explaining Net Neutrality. You can watch that video here. Just recently on May 17th, he brought back the discussion to his show because the issue is now on the table once more. Here it is below.
Now that you understand the term and the issue I ask you to help support Net Neutrality between today, July 12, 2017 and July 17, 2017 by going to www.gofccyourself.com and clicking “Express” as shown below. I promise it is SUPER easy and SUPER important.
If you’re still having trouble understanding Net Neutrality, here’s some help from the best of Twitter.