Unless you have been under a rock for the past week, you probably heard about the FCC’s decision to end net neutrality. Net neutrality is what makes the internet open and free.
Even though the FCC’s decision is final, there is still hope. Multiple state attorneys general are suing the FCC, and we can even get Congress involved. But we have to act.
In today’s post, I am going to stem away from the normal music content. I’m going to write about how the whole issue of net neutrality affects us all, and how it affects this blog.
What is Net Neutrality?
Net neutrality was officially put into place by the FCC in 2015 under the Obama administration. The order barred internet service providers (ISPs) from charging more for certain websites or for a faster connection.
Basically, it required ISPs like Verizon and Comcast to treat Facebook and Twitter the same as email. To treat small blogs like this one the same as larger sites like Google.
It’s a pretty big deal. Without net neutrality, internet costs could skyrocket.
The Argument Against Net Neutrality
Some people argue that the government should not be regulating the internet. That taking away net neutrality would spur competition within the internet market.
The problem with that logic is that companies are money hungry. They know that the internet has become a vital part of many people’s lives. ISPs know that a lot of people will pay for internet, no matter the price.
If ending net neutrality is anything like giving tax cuts to the rich, it will not help the average person. I don’t want to get too political, but trickle down economics doesn’t work.
Deregulation doesn’t work.
The Future of Blogs Like This One
The future of this little blog is bleak, especially if the end of net neutrality takes effect. I’m a solo blogger with a full time day job. I can’t afford to pay ISPs to make my site faster.
I may not even be able to run this blog anymore. It may not be worth it.
Other small bloggers would probably agree. It takes a lot of work to run a blog, and most bloggers don’t have the same capital as huge corporations. We can’t afford to be in the so-called fast lane.
Blogs and bloggers need net neutrality. Blog readers need net neutrality.
The only groups that benefit from the FCC’s decision are the extremely wealthy and the larger corporations. The people and companies that can afford to pay a premium for internet service.
What Can We Do?
You can start by signing this petition.
Share posts like this one. Share the posts that list what you can do. Let others know that there is still a (small) bit of hope.
You can contact your local representatives and tell them what you think.
Check out articles like this one to find an ISP that still believes in a free and open internet. Avoid the ones that don’t or face premiums.
Have you participated in the fight to save net neutrality? Will you do something? Let me know in the comments!
Net neutrality is super important, especially for smaller websites like this one. In order to continue sharing my content with you all, I need to know that I can do that for free. I need to know that it is worth it.