Today you may have noticed a new popup when visiting the site. Today is the Net Neutrality Day of Action and if you agree with the following points I encourage you to make your voice heard. Just follow this link: https://dearfcc.org/
Now, currently Internet Service Providers like Comcast and Verizon are regulated by a rule called Title II. These are the rules of Title II.
- Broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
- They may not impair or degrade lawful internet traffic on the basis of content, application, services, or any classes thereof.
- They may not favor some internet traffic over other internet traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—no paid prioritization or fast lanes
The FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is planning to release ISPs from the rules of Title II. This means that ISPs can then do many things like the following.
- Prioritize internet traffic with paid tiers that determine how fast a website is delivered to your browser.
- Create an uneven playing field where startup websites have to pay large sums to have their website delivered at the same speed as large ones like Amazon or Google.
- Slow down or even block entirely consumer access to websites based on paid tiers.
In brief, the change would allow the following.
If the proposal put forward by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai falls into place, it would allow internet service providers to block, throttle and fast-lane various parts of the internet at will, potentially regulating and censoring your entire web-surfing experience and forcing you to stick to the destinations that pay protection money to these cable and broadband companies. (source)
If these things matter to you, please make your thoughts known. https://dearfcc.org/