Net neutrality has become a common term in recent news. Thanks to the new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, being net neutral could become a thing of the past.
As defined by Save the Internet, net neutrality is “the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. Net neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech.”
Pai’s plan to do away with net neutrality could mean a lot of bad things for regular people and small businesses. It makes Internet Service Providers (AT&T, Comcast, etc.) able to make the internet a competitive business.
If you don’t quite understand, try this scenario: If AT&T doesn’t like Netflix, they will legally be allowed to make your connection to Netflix slower because they don’t like it as much as another streaming service, like Hulu or Amazon Prime TV.
Also, ISP’s can charge businesses to have better internet access to make it a competitive business to bring in more revenue. Small, local businesses won’t be able to compete with the prices, and their media reach will become almost insignificant.
Getting rid of net neutrality affects everyone who uses internet on a daily basis, which is a large majority of Americans. Your internet connection is at risk. However, there is a way to stop it.
Sign this petition to help save your internet. When it all comes down to it, it really is a First Amendment issue. We the people can help stop this injustice.