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What Is Net Neutrality?

Since I’m the “go to” IT guy in the family, here’s how I explain Net Neutrality, and why it’s important for us to keep it around.

Think of Net Neutrality like this. Right now you can use your Internet connection for anything it’s capable of. Now let’s liken this to electricity. If Net Neutrality was repealed on your power connection, your power or hydro company could charge more for what you use your power for. Basic package? Lights only. Want to add heat or an electric stove? Well that’s a different tier. Want to use your electric dryer? If you buy it from us you can go to a new tier. If you buy it from someone else, you only get 110V instead of 220V. The power company objects to personal massagers and whirlpool tubs, so they don’t get any power at all.

See the problem here?

Net Neutrality protects your use of the internet to use it how you want to use it with equal access to everything available. The big telecoms say they won’t change a thing, but why would we want to repeal that guarantee? Do you trust your cell phone company? Do you believe your cable company has your best interest at heart?

Do you want to make a difference? I lifted this from a friend’s post about Net Neutrality. Make the call today.

Only five people at the FCC get to vote on Net Neutrality: Ajit Pai, Mignon Clyburn, Michael O’Rielly, Brendan Carr, and Jessica Rosenworcel. Clyburn and Rosenworcel plan to vote to keep it. Call the other three!

  • Ajit Pai: 202-518-7399
  • Michael O’Rielly: 301-657-9092
  • Brendan Carr: 202-719-7305

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  1. What a lot of people don’t realize is that ISPs would then be able to legally ban all porn sites because—being corporations—they can now claim “deeply held religious beliefs.” When that comes down there’ll be the outcry needed to kill this. Until then, I’m not holding out hope.

    1. I completely agree. Folks won’t understand the importance of this until they’re cut off from what they enjoy the most about the Internet. Hopefully, if this does go through, it’ll be reversed quickly.

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