Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. Without it, corporations would be able to control speeds and decide what content they want you to access. They could decide to charge more for certain websites or services, or even all out block ones that are considered competition.
Ajit Pai, the newly appointed head of the Federal Communications Commission, has proposed rolling back protections on Net Neutrality, and in May the FCC voted to move forward with his proposal. The FCC still needs to vote on this one more time - that's why activist groups and internet companies came together and organised the "Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality". Big names like Google, Facebook, Netflix, Mozzilla and Twitter among others worked to lift up the issue, and bring attention to the incredibly high consequences of letting the rollbacks go through.
What does this mean for you?
An open internet provides the platform for activists to share information and organize around a cause. It provides a platform to speak freely, to share your story, and to lend a voice to issues that are otherwise overlooked. An open internet also provides a platform to start a business, and the ability for smaller startups to compete with larger corporations.
Public commenting on the proposal is open until July 17. To comment, go to: www.gofccyourself.com - click on +Express.
Keep highlighting the risk of losing Net Neutrality. Add it to your comments when you call your legislators. Talk to your friends, and urge them to speak up in support of keeping the protections in place.