State of Emergency: Net Neutrality


Manuel A. Morillo

What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must treat all data on the internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.

Why is it important? How does it affect you?

In the United States, net neutrality has been a highly controversial issue since the 1990s where consumers and providers of network services have been in constant debate over who controls the internet and what power they have over it. To be succinct, it is an issue of the utmost importance because not only do internet service providers want to remove net neutrality and create a monopoly over the internet but they also want to take away your rights to internet freedom. Currently the FCC is the leading power in charge of these ISPs and their regulations. The FCC has recently made the decision to vote on the state of net neutrality and whether or not it will become legally protected as a civil right to modern day citizens or left to the discretion of private service providers. If left to private service providers like Verizon or Tom Warner all users of the internet under those companies will essentially have to pay for access to a data fast track where they will be throttled (have their services slowed down) for accessing different online services.  If passed you can and will be charged for basic services and privileges you enjoy now and there will be almost nothing you can do about it.

Whats next? How can you help?

There are currently hundreds of protests around the country and campaigns petitioning for the protection of net neutrality.  If we as a collective group act now before December 12th we can stop the FCC from killing net neutrality! Join one of these protests, write or call your representatives, and make your voice heard as it is the only real weapon we have against the attack on our rights and internet freedom!