Net Neutrality needs to stay!

Net neutrality needs to stay. What is net neutrality? Net neutrality was created a few years ago. What is net neutrality? Basically, it is the government trying to control what you have access to on the internet by taking net neutrality away. We want net neutrality.

The internet has become so much a part of the lives of most Americans. We’d like to believe it will remain a place where you can always access any lawful content you want, and where the folks delivering that content can’t play favorites because they disagree with the message being delivered or want to charge more money for faster delivery.

On December 14, 2017, the FCC voted to make the open internet — and the “network neutrality” principles that sustain it — a thing of the past. What you can see on the internet, along with the quality of your connection, are at risk of falling victim to the profit-seeking whims of powerful telecommunications giants. If the FCC has its way, those companies could disfavor controversial viewpoints or smaller websites and favor the content providers who have the money to pay for better access.

You know how the scam of cable tv works. You have to pay for certain levels of access to programming. Some people pay for basic cable only, as I did. Other people pay for all the movie channels and sports channels. Well, the government wants to limit where you are able to surf on the web. If you don’t pay for the proper package, you won’t get there.

Just another money-maker, just another scam by our “government.” I won’t pay for that. I will have the most bottom end package available, if anything. That’s really unfortunate. Where do they draw the line?

I used to photograph weddings but have gotten out of that business after 10 years of fighting for jobs. With more and more people buying cameras off the shelf and claiming to be photographers in the digital era, the work was really drying up fast. A lot of studios were hurt, ending in them closing. With net neutrality, it was hard enough to get my website seen. Now, with all the search engine optimization tactics up your sleeve and website gurus, you may not be seen at all by a large population of web surfers if your website isn’t in the package they purchased from their internet providers. Welcome to net neutrality. How will they split it up? There is talk of having a streaming package which would include HULU and Netflix and probably YouTube. So if you want to reach those sites, you will need to pay for that access. Oh, you already pay $7.99 like I do for HULU (I canceled cable 2 years ago and couldn’t be happier.) Well, you’ll still pay the low price of $7.99 a month plus tax for HULU, with the additional streaming package to your ISP (internet service provider.) Want to reach social media sites like twitter and Facebook? Pay for the monthly social media package from your internet provider. Yes folks, this was passed this week, 12/2017.

usr modem
USR modem. Your phone line connected to the modem and the other end connected to your pc serial port. Those were the days.

Online businesses will lose business, people will be frustrated not being able to search for sites, and the list goes on and on. Another slam of the middle class is what it is. More ways to squeeze blood out of a rock that dried up years ago.

How else can the government and the FCC destroy the people? Looks like they found a way in this net neutrality.

During the 2015 ruling, the internet was reclassified as a public utility. Before that, neutrality still existed because of the 1996 telecommunications act that said that all phone data should be treated equal, and the internet back then was considered “phone data” (dial up, dsl). Dial up, for all you newbies and millennials, was used in the early 1990s for internet access. An actual analog house phone like was used with a modem that supported internet speeds of up to 56k if you were lucky. The average house today gets speeds of 20,000k per second…back then was 56k. Painfully slow.

Net neutrality was effective after a 2015 fcc ruling that just reclassified the internet and made those rules clear for ISP to follow. There is no good reason for net neutrality to be repealed. The internet is still the internet. The internet is still a public utility. The internet is just one HUGE NETWORK connecting all of us to each other around the entire world. The government wants to control and split the public utility into sections and charge you for what sections you want. This is wrong!

The only ones benefiting from it are the government and internet service providers looking for the ability to charge more money from businesses and customer.

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