You think the Internet will always be the great freewheeling information superhighway you’ve grown to love? Well, think again. Media giants want to privatize our Internet.
Telecommunications companies like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress for the right to control where you go on the Internet, how fast you get there, and how much you pay for the service.
If successful in Congress, these companies would open the door to violate what techies call “net neutrality.” It is the principle that Internet users should be able to access any web content they want, post their own content, and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or limitations imposed by their Internet service providers (ISPs).
Net neutrality is the reason this democratic medium has grown exponentially, fueled innovation and altered how we communicate. We must make certain that for-profit interests do not destroy the democratic culture of the web.
Net neutrality is reason that the internet has been such an amazing success story. It is more important than Verizon or ATT’s bottom line. It is the air of the internet. Remove it, and the net (and probably our entire economy) will suffocate.
Remember: Congressmen + Lobbyists = Rarely Anything Good.