URGENT – Are You Paying Attention?

UrgentI ran across an article in The Washington Post regarding Net Neutrality. The first question that came up was, “what is net neutrality and what’s all the buzz about.”

In a nutshell, net neutrality rule was put into place to keep the Internet Free to use and to keep communication company’s and Internet service providers from dictating what we can access and/or who can access our information on the Internet. The current rule states that everyone should be getting the same Internet access.  This rule was put in place by the Obama administration. The Trump administration want to repeal it. The FCC meeting will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 to undo the 2015 rule that keeps Internet providers from slowing and/or blocking certain websites.

In reading an article written by  Geoffrey A. Fowler, Technology columnist for The Washington Post, He states the following:  ” If the FCC removes net neutrality regulations, surfing the Internet will be more like waiting in lines at the airport.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/12/13/net-neutrality-keeps-the-web-from-running-like-an-airport-security-line-and-it-might-go-away/?utm_term=.190fefe96a1

I could just picture being in the airport waiting in line to go through the check points, then to board the plan, especially if you did not upgrade your ticket. Anybody that’s had to fly can definitely relate to what that looks and feels like.

Repealing the Net Neutrality rule would mean that Comcast, AT&T and Verizon could control what we have access to on the Internet and who has access to us. These companies could create fast and slow lanes on the Internet. To be in the fast lane there would be a fee. My son stated that we would be behind a “Pay Wall.”

This is not going to be good for anyone. The Internet serves as a place where we can speak freely and obtain information just for the asking. Businesses use the Internet to market their products and services. For small business, repealing the Net Neutrality rule could be devastating to your business.

I encourage you to do your research and learn what the Net Neutrality Rule is all about and then make your voice heard. You can go to http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_wake_up_destroy/?source=what

 

 

 

 

 

 

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