On December 14, the FCC will vote on repealing a set of regulations on ISPs put in place in 2015, prohibiting them from throttling customers bandwidth. Despite the overwhelming outcry of the US population against this action, FCC chairman Ajit Pai is pushing forward with this vote. Ajit Pai states that even without these regulations the FTC will protect consumers, overlooking the fact that the FTC can only sanction ISPs if they blatantly lie about their policies (and a pending court case that could neuter the FTC in regards to regulating ISPs.)
What is net neutrality?
Net neutrality is a set of regulations imposed by the FCC (Federal Communications Commision) on ISPs(Internet Service Providers) limiting their control over where you,as a customer, can go online.
Why does net neutrality matter?
Without the regulation imposed by the FCC, ISPs can force you to pay extra for access to websites, or outright block you from accessing them.
Who is affected by net neutrality?
Everyone. If you own a small business, ISPs can hold your website hostage for huge, often bank breaking, fees. If you’re a gamer who plays online, or just do most of your game purchases online, ISP’s can slow your connection to a crawl, making it impossible to play or download. If you love streaming movies (or porn) from your media streaming site, ISP’s could look at that and ask for an additional fee, or charge the site a ransom, which will raise your prices. If you love your social media, your ISP could decide to block it because they don’t like the content being shown on it. Even if you don’t live in America, if you love your youtube, or Hulu, those services are principally hosted in the US, which means this decision will affect you too.
What you can do about it?
If you are a small business owner, a gamer, if you love your online movies(and porn), if you like browsing the web and not being censored in the things you post, join the aint Saints Radio team in calling for Congress to exercise its mandate to oversee the dealings of the FCC, and ensure the voice of the people is heard.
If you don’t know who your representative is you can call the Congressional switchboard at (202)224-3121, or you can find your representatives contact info in this list- https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/