As you’re browsing online today, have you noticed unusually slower loading speeds or “access denied” pop-ups (that quickly disappear with a “Just kidding!” message) on your favorite websites?
It’s not April Fool’s Day. It’s a net neutrality day of action. Our Synectics Media team cares a lot about net neutrality. Here’s why.
What is net neutrality?
In short, net neutrality prevents Internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminating or charging differently for Internet data based on the user, content, website, equipment used for access, application, and platform.
Why should I care about net neutrality?
You may start paying more for streaming services like Netflix, as they will be paying for faster bandwidth. You could also experience slower downloads or even the inability to access certain websites of organizations unable to afford the “fast lane” bandwidth fees. This could make it very difficult for smaller, independent and/or start-up businesses to reach an online audience because they don’t have the funds to “pay to play.”
Why are we talking about net neutrality now?
The newly appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has promised to roll back these regulations based on the belief that they stifle internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast. Today, July 12, 2017, is a net neutrality day of action intended to raise awareness about what changes net neutrality could mean for all of us.
How can I voice my opinion?
If you feel inclined to do so, you can sign a petition to protect net neutrality here and share this blog post to help raise awareness within your network.