What is Net Neutrality?
Think of the Internet as your water coming into your home. With Net Neutrality or in this case Water Neutrality treats all water usage the same way. If law makers remove the Water Neutrality laws your water service will be a pain. They could use different pay rates and slow down certain water uses. Suppose the water company decides you are flushing your toilet too much, they could slow water pressure to the point that you couldn’t flush the toilet until they let you. Your dishwasher could be cut off completely. It would be a pain!
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content. Wikipedia
What You Can Do
The FCC’s vote on net neutrality is scheduled for this Thursday, December 14th. There is still time to tell them why they should reconsider. Go here to share your story of how the repeal of net neutrality rules would personally affect you. And go to battleforthenet.com to tell your member of Congress why he or she should call on Chairman Pai to reconsider his plan. Reddit
Michael Gardner & Jessica Ashooh
Data Scientist & Director of Policy
The past several weeks have seen multiple surges of activism on Reddit as our users rally to save net neutrality from the FCC’s plans to gut it. In a political climate where talk of bots and astroturfing has sometimes caused skepticism when it comes to online activism, we wanted to look into the pro-net neutrality activity on the site to make sure that Reddit wasn’t being gamed by outside actors looking to manipulate our platform.
The results of this analysis were so overwhelming that we wanted to share them with the public on this day of action in support of net neutrality. Not only did we find the activity to be an authentic, truly grassroots phenomenon, but it represented some of the most fervent organic activity we have ever seen on the front page in all of Reddit’s twelve year history. The bottom line is that real people—millions of them—care about preserving the free and open internet, and they are taking to Reddit to express themselves. Whether through telling us their personal stories or by raising an upvote for the members of Congress who refused to sell out their interests, redditors are making themselves heard on this issue. It is up to all of those in Washington who represent us to listen.
Best links on Net Neutrality
FCC’s net neutrality record is plagued by bots, bogus comments, and a reporter’s home address
As a reporter, I am supposed to be unbiased and objective. No public advocacy. No free lunches from corporations. No political signs in my front yard.
So imagine my surprise when I casually inserted my name into a search engine of the 23.5 million commenters who supposedly wrote this year to the Federal Communications Commission as it drafted new rules eliminating Obama-era net neutrality protections against throttling internet traffic and blocking web sites. Read More
Ajit Pai offers no data for latest claim that net neutrality hurt small ISPs
With days to go before his repeal of net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a press release about five small ISPs that he says were harmed by the rules. Pai “held a series of telephone calls with small Internet service providers across the country—from Oklahoma to Ohio, from Montana to Minnesota,” his press release said.
On these calls, “one constant theme I heard was how Title II had slowed investment,” Pai said. Read More
Republican senator calls on Congress to pass law protecting net neutrality
With the net neutrality debate raging at the FCC, it’s easy to forgot that net neutrality remains an issue inside of Congress, too — albeit a much, much quieter one. But at least one senator is still hoping to see some movement: on the Senate floor today, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) asked net neutrality supporters on “both sides of the aisle” to come work with him on a legislative solution.
“Congressional action is the only way to solve the endless back and forth on net neutrality rules that we’ve seen over the past several years,” Thune said. “If my colleagues on the other side of the aisle and those who claim to support net neutrality rules want to enshrine protections for consumers with the backing of the law, I call on you today to join me in discussing legislation that would do just that.” Read More
U.S. friends – The FCC is voting to repeal Net Neutrality in less than 48 hours. This can lead to dropped calls, laggy games, or worse.
Take action and call your representative today. Use 202-930-8550 and enter your zip code to get connected to your legislators. pic.twitter.com/hPUgx4EMDj
— Discord (@discordapp) December 12, 2017