Net Neutrality – Save The Internet

This is by far one of the biggest issues of our time and I can’t stress enough the importance Net Neutrality. You may not realize it right now, but every time you log on to the internet you’re doing so without discrimination. We automatically assume we can do anything like watch online video, listen to podcasts, use search engines, e-mail and instant message friends whenever we want. What makes all these assumptions possible is “Network Neutrality,” the guiding principle that preserves the free and open Internet. Net Neutrality means that Internet service providers may not discriminate between different kinds of content and applications online. It guarantees a level playing field for all websites and Internet technologies. But all that could change!

The largest cable and telephone companies would like to charge money for smooth and easy access to websites, speed to run applications, and permission to plug in devices. These network giants believe they should be able to charge website operators, application providers and device manufacturers for the right to use the network. Those who don’t make a deal and pay up will experience discrimination: Their sites won’t load as quickly, and their applications and devices won’t work as well. Without legal protection, consumers could find that a network operator has blocked the website of a competitor, or slowed it down so much that it’s unusable.

The network owners say they want a “tiered” Internet. If you pay to get in the top tier, your site and your service will run fast. If you don’t, you’ll be in the slow lane. Does this make sense?? They’re telling you “Okay, so you want to visit this website? Well, pay up!” Net Neutrality keeps everything on the same level playing field, which is why when you search for something in google, websites like USA Today have to compete with bloggers (Huffington Post) and other websites for your views. Without Net Neutrality, bloggers will have no audience, corporations win, and another oligarchy has gotten even stronger! (not good)

What is the problem? Who cares if we have to pay to go on the Internet??

Double Dipping: You already pay for Internet access!!! You’re already paying your cable/telephone company for access of the Internet but if Net Neutrality went away, you would also have to pay for things you do while online. They will charge all the service providers you use. These providers will then pass those costs along to you in the form of price hikes or new charges to view content.

Sifting Innovation: Isn’t everyone’s dream to make it big?? Net Neutrality ensures that everyone still can! Innovators looking to start the next Ebay or Google still have the ability to do so without high barriers to hurdle. Without Net Neutrality, entrepreneurs will be muscled out of the marketplace by big corporations that have the ability to pay for that spot on the web. Life in the tiered system will only benefit those who can pay for it and start-ups (commonly) do not have the funds to do so.

Discrimination: The Internet was designed as on open medium. The fundamental idea since the Internet’s inception has been that every website, every feature and every service should be treated without discrimination. That’s how bloggers can compete with CNN for readers. That’s how up-and-coming musicians can build underground audiences before they get their first top-40 single. That’s why when you use a search engine, you see a list of the sites that are the closest match to your request — not those that paid the most to reach you. Discrimination endangers our basic Internet freedoms.

Who Else Supports Net Neutrality?

President Obama has made Net Neutrality his top priority out of the technology policies and has vowed to veto any bill that prevents Net Neutrality. This is amazing! Leading tech companies such as Amazon.com, Ebay, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo also support Net Neutrality as well as millions of people just like you!

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP, YOU ASK?! Please, Sign the SavetheInternet.com petition and tell Congress to pass Net Neutrality legislation now!

THIS MATTERS!

Source: http://www.savetheinternet.com

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