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July 12th is Net Neutrality Call to Action Day - Let's talk about it!

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What is net neutrality?

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.

They want to end net neutrality, to control & tax the Internet.

Cable companies are famous for high prices and poor service. Several rank as the most hated companies in America. Now, they're lobbying the FCC and Congress to end net neutrality. Why? It's simple: if they win the power to slow sites down, they can bully any site into paying millions to escape the "slow lane." This would amount to a tax on every sector of the American economy. Every site would cost more, since they'd all have to pay big cable. Worse, it would extinguish the startups and independent voices who can't afford to pay. If we lose net neutrality, the Internet will never be the same.

On July 12, 2017, thousands of sites are protesting to defend Internet freedom.

Extra Reading

Here are some excellent articles for additional depth. They cover the issue, its political history, the struggles we've overcome, and the fight ahead in Congress and at the FCC.

As a community that currently exists mostly on the internet, this should be important to us. Although this current vote is just the United States, this will soon affect us here in Canada as well. Let's discuss it!

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Wow, that's pretty fucked up. I'm not surprised though. Any way to exploit and add more money to their Scrooge McDuckian vault. 

 

 

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