I'm a little late to the party on this but please, please watch this video.
If you you don't have a lot of time to watch a video than here's the deal. Big internet service providers like Verizon and AT&T are trying to get rid of net neutrality so they can start charging you extra money to visit certain web services, or use certain apps on your mobile devices. Companies like Comcast could slow down your download speeds to make it almost impossible to watch Netflix, or any other VOD service that they don't own. That kind of sucks, right?
Well here is Alina Selyukh of NPR with some bad news:
The Federal Communications Commission has officially begun to undo Obama-era regulations on Internet service providers, often called net neutrality rules. The rules, passed in 2015, had placed cable and telecom companies under the strictest-ever oversight of the agency.
In a 2-1 vote along party lines Thursday, the FCC's Republicans voted to propose a new review of the rules, with the goal of loosening the regulations on the industry. As dozens of protesters outside urged the agency to stop the proceeding and keep the strict oversight, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued that the current rules represented a "bureaucratic straitjacket" on the industry.
The current commissioner of the FCC, Ajit Pai, used to work for Verizon and is anti-regulation, not exactly a great combination for someone who is supposed to be protecting citizens with net neutrality. Pai does not think we need strict enforcement of net neutrality laws, and trusts that ISP's would do the right thing if they had less regulations in front of them. Which kind of feels like trusting a group of recovering kleptomaniacs to guard a mall after hours.
When this show premiered the response was so strong it caused the FCC to have to shut down the comments on their site. Turns out that people do not trust ISP's to be left to their own devices, you shouldn't either.
Nothing is riding on our action here except the future of the internet and how we spread information. You know all of those scams that go around talking about how Facebook wants to start charging for people to use the service? Well, if the FCC gets rid of the open internet, net neutrality that could actually become a thing.