It is absurd that we have to keep fighting for this. Constantly fighting for this, but today several websites have gone offline in order to “break the internet” to fight for Net Neutrality.
What is Net Neutrality?
Net Neutrality is the belief that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally regardless of source or destination.
This means that if Comcast wants to have more subscribers to their Netflix competitor, they need to build a superior product to Netflix and not throttle the connection to Netflix and force their customers to use their service instead.
One of the big failings in the US is that over 50% of the country only has access to only one service provider when it comes to home internet. I, for example, live in a major city, yet only have access to Time Warner, the other 3 providers in the city currently have no offerings in my neighborhood. Without net neutrality, companies can throttle connections to sites they do not like unless they pay big bucks to be in the fast lane.
This stifles innovation and growth. This prevents some small bookstore owner from creating an Amazon killer. This would lay waste to the SEO industry.
Anyway, instead of rehashing why all this matters like a million other websites have, just read this neat primer, and then call your congressmen and fight for Net Neutrality.