Why Net Neutrality Matters to All People
That’s really the whole point. Net Neutrality benefits ordinary people. It offers everyone a chance to research and access information on a scale that dwarfs all previous methods of communication.
More than that, it levels the playing field.
Net Neutrality stands for freedom.
Freedom of thought, of expression, of belief.
Net Neutrality has but one rule: Everyone has a voice and a chance to be heard.
The internet is as much a part of daily life as plumbing and streets. It is more than that in one aspect: It treats EVERYONE the same. We can all access it and determine what we feel has value to us.
We can choose to subscribe to a particular website if we want additional access to content on that website. Freedom of choice through access limited only by the website itself, not by one of three major corporate distribution entities and their partners, the government.
Think of it like channels on TV.
Corporations, are trying to turn the Internet into cable TV.
You’re going to pay for the channels whether you want them or not. In fact, if you want access to channels you actually do want to pay extra for, like Sling or Netflix, you’re gonna pay for that, too.
Even worse, the speeds at which you can stream will be limited by how much you pay, and worse still, the cable providers who control the majority of internet access, also operate their own streaming services.
Ending net neutrality will allow them to slow the streams of competing services in order to drive business to their own streaming services.
The truly disheartening part of all this is the effect it will have on ordinary people and activists in particular.
The Internet has been vital in the effort to attain legalization of medicinal marijuana. Activists can communicate easily and quickly with like minded individuals, sharing information to rally people to their cause.
Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are integral parts of every activists game plan.
Sites like YouTube allow activists to instantly share video and information.
Once people have to pay extra to access those sites, what will happen to activism? How much will that limit their reach and potential impact?
If corporations can arbitrarily decide who can access what, and at what speeds that access will allow, what happens to the voice of the average person?
What happens to independent news sites when they are forced to compete directly with corporate controlled major media that is owned by the service providers themselves?
What will happen to activism then?
We urge everyone to contact their congressperson and the FCC and tell them Net Neutrality matters to you. To all of us.