On this Sunday Discussion, on a Monday, I am catching up! I am talking about my recent letter to the FCC about Net Neutrality. As you know, the FCC is thinking about changing the rules and the new rules would allow the internet providers to charge certain companies to be put on a “fast lane”, which is wrong! Last Week Tonight with John Oliver explained the Net Neutrality situation perfectly!
Now, before the deadline passed last Friday, I wrote my own letter to the FCC opposing the end of Net Neutrality and reclassifying the internet providers as a “public utility” since the internet has become so crucial in today’s life. We will learn of the decision from the FCC by the end of the year. But for now, enjoy my letter to the FCC!
I am writing to the FCC to express my concerns about Net Neutrality. Let’s get straight to the point, allowing the internet providers with ways to charge websites to allow a so called “fast lane” will be very bad for consumers, businesses, and everyday people. You know what is going to happen if Net Neutrality is taken away? Our internet will become like cable, and we will have to pay money to access news sites. Pay more money to access our social media sites. Pay even more money to access our video sites, and so on.
The internet providers are only looking for ways to make even more money and become greedier, like what they have done with cable. Just like in cable TV, an internet provider could get into a contract dispute with a website like Facebook or Twitter, and if a deal is not reached, the internet provider can block the site. And in many communities, you only have one choice for an internet provider, so if Facebook or Twitter is blocked, you are out of luck!
I run a popular website in the south called Geek Alabama, which is run off of WordPress. If Net Neutrality is taken away, I do not have the money to pay the internet providers to get on a “fast lane.” And many blogs, websites, and small businesses don’t have the funds either. I am asking you to re-classify the internet providers as a “public utility” and keep the internet open, free, and fast for everybody, no matter how much money each person has. America needs to get back to their helping others, small business roots, and quit catering to very large companies who only cares about making a buck. Thank you for reading!
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