An impromptu blog post for a very important moment
You’re reading this blog post on the open internet.
Isn’t that crazy?
The internet has always been a powerful tool. We have it on our computers, on our cell-phones – any question you have can be answered by the tap of a finger.
But not anymore if the FCC kills net neutrality.
If you haven’t heard, the FCC is trying to dismantle net neutrality.
We currently use the open internet to enjoy sites like Netflix, Reddit, YouTube, Facebook… the list goes on! And we all do that for free!
Without net neutrality, the FCC is allowing internet providers the opportunity to charge their consumers based on certain sites they visit.
This also gives them the opportunity to be in more control of what sites you do and don’t visit.
This is really bad, you guys.
Let me explain why…
You know how we already pay for our internet provider? Whether that be ATT, Comcast, etc.
Imagine in addition to what you already pay monthly for these internet providers to use the internet, you *also* have to pay to get access to certain sites.
Here’s a good point of reference that Aaron J made…
— Aaron J (@flyguy84) November 21, 2017
That’d be really annoying, right?
Having to just to simply access sites that you already visit for free.
In addition to this, we are also losing control of what we consume on the internet.
By killing net neutrality, we no longer are able to pick and choose what we want to do when we go online.
Instead, if our provider works with Hulu and Facebook to give us super-fast speed but doesn’t work with YouTube, Netflix, etc. then when we visit those sites, our provider has the option to slow down the speeds since they don’t work directly with these companies.
So, we can either deal with super slow websites or pay an additional fee to get the quick speed that we’re already getting.
If we don’t act now by December 14th net neutrality will be dismantled and we’ll no longer have access to the open internet for free like we do right now.
And for what? For corporations to make more money off of consumers?
Are we really that dumb?
No, we are not – and it’s up to us to do something about it.
Net neutrality doesn’t only affect us as consumers, but as small business owners, social media influencers, bloggers…
Yeah. So… we kinda need net neutrality.
Evan Greer explains what we can do quite nicely
But here’s the most important thing: Net neutrality is not dead yet, and the path to saving it is actually quite clear. Ajit Pai may care more about the opinions of a handful telecom lobbyists than millions of concerned Internet users, but the FCC still has to answer to Congress, which provides crucial oversight for the agency. And our members of Congress have to answer to us, their constituents. – Evan Greer, NBC News – Think
So what can we do?
The Internet is on fire! In the last 24 hours alone https://t.co/xSJHbLq2Wn has connected more than 200,000 calls to Congress demanding they stop the FCC from killing #NetNeutrality and the calls show no sign of slowing down. Retweet! Retweet! Retweet!
— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) November 22, 2017
BattleForTheNet.com is the main source you’ll need.
Go there, sign the petition, and if you have a moment – give Congress a call. Battle For The Net will call you! They also give you a script of what to say, so you can follow it or take bits and pieces to your own comfort.
Even if you don’t have a chance to call, inform others, let your followers know what is happening – use your voice and your platform for good.
As a woman who gains most of her creativity through the internet, without net neutrality, it’d be hard for me to do my day-to-day.
I know for many of you who are actually making money with blogging or to selling your products online, you strive off of digital marketing and social media.
That’s what we need to be successful entrepreneurs when using the internet as our main source of platform.
We need to do something about this and you know, I’m a small voice in a million – but I know that when many voices come together, we can make a difference.
I’m not just trying to make a blog to share my favorite skincare or blogging advice, I’m here because I want to be able to make a positive impact on others in any way possible.
There are so many things I want to share and I’m sure other bloggers would, too. Net neutrality allows us to freely share and enjoy content with others, whether that be the news, current events, our favorite recipes – whatever it may be.
We have until December 14th for Congress to step in before net neutrality is killed.
Why is it that American’s don’t have the option to vote or voice their stance on this aside form filling out petitions or calling Congress, I don’t know but –
Per Axios’ David McCabe, the public’s ability to have a voice in this matter is being called into question, which is something that is likely to come into play in a court challenge. – Axios – Bots flooded the FCC with comments about net neutrality
There has to be *some* way we can make progress about this, all we can do is keep reaching out and bringing awareness to other.
If you can, share this post with friends or even write one of our own! Offer useful resources and give others the BattleForTheNet page so they can call Congress themselves.
Also, to make matters worse we only have until December 14th.
Quite ironic that this is happening around the holidays, right? Maybe to distract consumers and others from realizing what is happening.
Time is running out and we *have* to do something.
Here are some helpful sources:
FCC net neutrality process ‘corrupted’ by fake comments and vanishing consumer complaints, officials say – Washington Post
Text “resist” to 504-09 and the bot will help send emails/letters on your behalf to your representatives about not ending net neutrality. Go do it and encourage your friends to do the same!
— UrAvgWifey (@UrAvgGF) November 25, 2017
These are the 3 people left deciding the fate of the internet. We only have to convince ONE of them flip to a NO vote to save #NetNeutrality.
LIGHT UP THEIR INBOXES!
🔥Ajit Pai –
🔥Michael O’Rielly – Mike.ORielly@fcc.gov
🔥Brendan Carr – Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
— Alex Hirsch (@_AlexHirsch) November 22, 2017