Hello there! We at the Nerd Watch are very tiny site that hopefully you enjoy. In part because we’re super tiny, Net Neutrality is important to us! We’re a local-interest community organization that cannot possibly exist if the internet becomes a place where you pay monopolies in order to be accessible to other people.
Because of that, we’re participating in the July 12th Day of Action arranged by Fight for the Future. Here’s some information:
WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?
Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. “Title II” of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.)
WHY IS NET NEUTRALITY IMPORTANT?
The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It’s what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON JULY 12TH?
Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. We’ll provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your followers / visitors to take action. From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we’ve shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!
The short version is: you know how if you’ve ever dealt with Comcast, you absolutely want to have as little as possible to do with Comcast forever because they’re completely horrendous? If they manage to eliminate Net Neutrality it will not be possible to escape Comcast. Comcast will step right into your personal space at every turn and tell you which websites they would like you to see, and it will be extremely uncomfortable.
Heck we just talked about the wonderful Damn the Man, Save the Music! Kickstarter, right? Well here’s this person:
Michal Rosenn, General Counsel at Kickstarter, said: “A threat to net neutrality is a threat to the free exchange of ideas that creative culture and an informed public rely upon. Kickstarter, and the tens of thousands of creators who have brought new ideas to life through our platform, all depend on a free and open internet. We’re proud to stand alongside so many others today to preserve net neutrality, and to protect the freedoms that make the internet such a powerful force.”
This is a nationwide issue, but local creators and Valley residents are going to be negatively affected if we lose Net Neutrality. Do what you can, when you can, and participate in the July 12th Day of Action if you’re able to do so.
Thanks for reading, call your Senators and Representatives!