Net Neutrality means Internet Service Providers cannot block or limit content. It means Comcast cannot charge you an additional fee if you want to use Netflix. It means Verizon cannot block Tethering apps because it wants customers to pay an additional $10 per month. It means YouTube isn't the only streaming service out there, that Skype isn't blocked, facetime isn't an additional fee, and facebook still exists.
In 3 weeks, Americans risk losing that. . . In order to prevent it we need to start making calls
. I already have.
This is a huge deal. It means the internet you know could change forever, and it is horrifying. . . I personally already pay over $100 a month for internet (something we're having to fight them on), and Cox Communications already sent notice to their customers that they were going to start charging more for customers who don't have internet as well as cable, because they know their customers are using streaming services, Netflix, Hulu, etc. to replace the need for cable. I want cable but cannot possibly afford it . . . and now I run the risk of not only losing the entertainment services I do have because of price, but also losing them entirely because the companies providing me with internet might decide they dislike DeviantArt, or Facebook, or Skype. . . that they may decide to block Netflix and Hulu. . . they might decide to make my Roku completely useless except to the services they decide to charge more for, or may simply decide they have had enough of this whole 'get your movies from the computer' idea and block all the legal apps so that those trying not to pirate have no other option but to break their moral code and the law, or pay for cable . . . This effects the poorer class who won't be able to afford to pay for for the internet which, let's be realistic, is mandatory in this day and age. Libraries will struggle to provide it, all places that currently offer free wifi hotspots may be forced to stop. It effects even the most wealthy who enjoy a particular service until their service provider decides they don't like it ... Much like how EA Games decides they didn't like STEAM so they tried to make their own version . . . that barely worked. . . I still have games I paid for and downloaded through their platform that utterly will not work, and their customer service department has just told me that due to an error on their end, the game cannot be downloaded. . . but I do not get a refund because, technically, I 'have' the game . . . the game I cannot download. They also won't give me the code for it to use on a pirated copy, even after acknowledging that I have paid for the game. . . competition is good! Steam forced other content providers to have sales, to make themselves more accessible, to be more accountable. . . Skype makes it so my husband can talk to his family in England on the holidays without a $40 fee. . . it means job providers can have long distance video phone calls with potential new hires without that new hire having to pay a fee for the interview.
Here is a Facebook post
showing what happens without Net Neutrality, as it is actually happening in New Zealand. This isn't talk, or theory, it's a real example of something already being implemented, something companies want implemented everywhere. And for many people, it's just fine. They pay a little more and get what they want, but it has also been proven to increase pirated content, create more hassle for content creators, and cause an even larger social economic gap.
If we don't fight back now, we could end up going back to bare bones. . . no more facetime, no more skype. You'll have to pay for cable, and you'll have to go back to buying DVD's and Blue Ray, because even digital downloads will cost you extra. Online shopping could become a thing of the past, as well, as you'll see higher prices in order for stores to keep themselves from being blocked. . . they may have to bribe internet service providers not to block them.
In order to prevent it we need to start making calls
. I already have, will you? Spread the word, save the internet.