I have never been the political type, but dare to take away my Internets and you will unleash a nerdy Altered Beast style internet activist transformation.
Net Neutrality is an issue that is often discussed among the internet community and I feel that the message cannot be repeated enough. This is something that everyone should know and care about as there is still time for us to shape the future of the internet.
To sum it up, Net Neutrality is about about keeping the internet equal. Right now the Internet is a level playing field where small blogs (like this one) have just as much priority as larger sites like yahoo, myspace, and CNN. Their sites are not given preferential treatment and that is the way it should stay.
Telecommunications companies and the large media networks want to do away with network neutrality in a number of different ways. The first is that telecommunications companies will sell preferential treatment to large networks. The little guys will never be able to pay the fees and thus be pushed to the back of the line.
The second is that some companies want to create a tiered service plan where you would pay for access to different groups of sites. Want to access wikipedia? Sorry, you do not have the Internet Research Plan. Click here to upgrade your subscription… lulz! Ridiculous.
Compromising Net Neutrality is a very very bad thing for internet users. Telecommunication companies are just trying to find new ways to profit in their typical capitalist fashion. Reducing the accessibility of the internet is not something that should be tolerated. I urge you to be aware of the issue with the upcoming election and continue to follow how telecommunications are trying to alter Net Neutrality.
This is OUR internet. Let’s be sure to keep it that way.
I compiled a some videos discussing a few aspects of Net Neutrality below.
Net Neutrality Basics
This is a great video explaining the basics of Net Neutrality presented by SaveTheInternet.com. Be sure to visit their site for more information on Net Neutrality. They explain the issue a lot better than I ever could.
Here’s a video made by a few Net Neutrality activists. This is actually the video that inspired me to write this post. While some people on Digg are saying this is complete bullshit, it is worth watching. Like all things on the internet, you have to take this with a grain of salt and some skepticism, but if this comes to fruition we will be seriously screwed.
Barack Obama on Network Neutrality
This is why I will most likely be supporting Barack Obama when it comes time to vote. While Obama is at least aware of what is going on, not all politicians know the importance of Net Neutrality. Sites like SaveTheInternet.com are trying to change this by educating, collecting petitions, and keeping the community up to date on Net Neutrality issues.