Wikipedia defines net neutrality as: the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.
Net neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that the internet should be filled with open networks that don’t block or discriminate against any application or content that ride over those networks. Net neutrality ensures that your ISP shouldn’t interfere with the content you view or post online.
Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the internet into fast and slow lanes. An ISP could slow down its competitors’ content or block political opinions it disagreed with. ISPs could charge extra fees to the few content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service. This would destroy the open internet.
You would think that we already experience net neutrality should be something we cherish and protect. The truth is though, net neutrality is under attack. According to Save the Internet, President Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai want to destroy net neutrality.
Net neutrality protects the free internet. It is crucial for business owners, startups, entrepreneurs and others to create markets, advertise their products and drive business toward them. A free internet fosters job growth. It allows for populations that have generally been silenced a free platform to be heard.
If net neutrality falls, the rich will be the ones who gain the most out of this change. They will be able to buy influence on the internet, ensuring that users of the internet are directed toward channels of their choosing. Everyone else stands to lose a lot if net neutrality is lost. Everyone from the middle class to activists to people of color will suffer if net neutrality is ended on the internet.
It is up to us to protect net neutrality. Are you ready to fight for the cause?