With huge thanks to Rhianna for today’s post.
Net neutrality is a principle that states that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform or application.
So why is net neutrality important? Well in May 2014 the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposed a plan allowing larger companies to discriminate online and split the Internet into fast and slow lanes. This new plan could allow large companies to slow down its competitors’ content.
Net neutrality is particularly important to video creators. Without net neutrality we would no longer have free internet, this would make it possible for large TV networks to slow down or completely block the video creators who have recently become their competition.
On the 15th September 2014 The Harry Potter Alliance and Today Public Knowledge submitted net neutrality reply comments from over 14,000 video creators. Collectively, the video creators that signed have made videos viewed over 14 billion times worldwide. And they all signed up to collectively say: without net neutrality, what they do wouldn’t be possible.
On the 26th February 2015 the FCC voted for net neutrality. The FCC decided to instigate Title II reclassification this new legislation will stop broadband providers and ISP’s like Comcast from creating their fast lanes and will also stop them from slowing down or blocking traffic online.
So at last a victory for Net neutrality? Well not quite. A group of republicans have introduced a new bill that would invalidate passed net neutrality rules. This new bill introduced by Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican, which is called Joint Resolution, allows Congress to review new federal regulations from government agencies.
Comcast- an American cable company- has been at the forefront of the anti-neutrality cause since the beginning and now they are reaching out to their friends in congress to overthrow the new net neutrality.
The fight between Team Internet and Team Cable rages on. Net neutrality has been won but now YOU are needed to defend it.
For more information on the war for net neutrality and to lend you voices in defending your internet go here.