What is Net Neutrality?


Hi friends if you’ve been on the political side of the internet lately you’ve probably seen posts about net neutrality and Maybe you’ve thought oh, this doesn’t apply to me. I like to stay out of politics, but net neutrality shouldn’t be a political issue because it affects every single Internet user. A change in net neutrality is a change in the way the internet works, and it’s important right now Net neutrality is the concept that all content on the Internet should be treated equally In February of 2015 the FCC passed title II of the Communications Act of 1934 also called the Telecommunications Act. This Act was put into place to regulate communications. As technology progressed, amendments and additions were made and one of these is title II. Title II protects you and me, small Internet users, because it regulates ISPs or Internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast. Title II has three parts. I’ll be reading them off here 1: no blocking. A provider cannot block lawful content, services, or applications. 2: no throttling ISPs can’t slow down specific applications or services. More specifically, Providers can’t single out traffic based on Who sends it, where it’s going, what the content happens to be, or whether that content competes with the providers business. And 3: no paid prioritization. A provider cannot accept fees for favored treatment. Without neutrality regulations, big business wins. Say Bing wants more users. They could pay your internet provider Verizon some money so it will slow Google down on your computer. That way you’re more likely to use Bing. And this is horrible for small businesses and small creators who don’t have the money to give to Internet service providers so they’ll have the advantage or even so they’ll be put on an even playing field. But neutrality is more than just speed. It’s the basic principle that providers can’t mess with our right to freely communicate online. Without ISP regulation, service providers can slow down or block sites that they don’t personally agree with. ISPs could charge extra fees to those companies that could afford to have preferential treatment, but all other sites would be relegated to a slower level of service. Maybe your ISP has connections to one political party and therefore you only get news sites which agree with that political party. But I, who live somewhere else, have a different internet service provider who agrees with a different political party. So I only get news providers that agree with that political party. And this discrepancy, this bias, is detrimental to all of us as citizens. By now I bet some of you guys are thinking, “We get it. Net neutrality is good. We have it. So why are we talking about it now?” Well in January of 2017, Donald Trump appointed a new FCC chairman. His name is Ajit Pai and he’s been a commissioner on the FCC since 2012. He’s known for being anti-regulation And he also was a lawyer for Verizon. chairman Pai wants to roll back Title II regulation. He wants to abolish the no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization. He wants to replace this with voluntary regulation. Let’s be honest, no ISPs are going to voluntarily regulate their services if they don’t have to. It brings in less money for them and it puts them at a disadvantage to the other companies that can control what we see and how much we pay. On December 14th, the FCC will be voting on Pai’s motion to roll back regulations put forward in 2015. The vote is expected to pass by a 3-2 margin on party lines so that means we have to fight. A group of 28 senators are demanding the FCC abandon the net neutrality vote or at least postpone it because citizens are relentlessly calling them telling them that they support title to legislation. So what can we do? We can go to the FCC’s website and leave a comment. Because it’s so difficult to find where to leave a comment on the FCC site, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has bought the URL gofccyourself.com If you put that into your internet browser it brings you right to the place where you can leave a comment. Then all you need to do is click Express, fill in your name, your address, and your comment telling them to preserve net neutrality and that you support title II legislation. Then call your representative. You can text RESIST to 50409 to find out how, or you can go to battleforthenet.com There you can send your representative a message, and then you can call them. They even give you a script of what to say. It’s so easy! I did all of these things earlier today. And lastly, please share this video. We need to make this issue break the internet. Show people why this is important and show people why they should care This vote may pass the FCC, but team Internet is not going down without a fight So call your representative, send them a message, Write a comment on the FCC website, and share all of this on social media. This matters. I don’t care what side of the aisle you’re on. This affects all Internet users This will protect your right to have political discourse on Reddit It will protect your right to order pizza online from whichever restaurant you choose And it will protect your right to watch this video and comment down below on what I got wrong Please make your voice heard, and Have a great day

15 thoughts on “What is Net Neutrality?

  1. I came here after seeing your comment on Julian's vlog, thank you for explaining net neutrality so well! This hasn't been a talked-about subject here in England, so I was kinda in the dark. I wish I could help!!

  2. Saw your comment on juliens video. You definitely are showing and bringing a message. Thank you. Do you know when the congress is by any chance

  3. Does this apply to Norway? It's the internet so i think so… If this applies to the whole world then i'm even more mad… Like this this is dictatorship

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