I'm sorry that this isn't content, but it is important. So very important.
It isn't over. They're trying to kill net neutrality again.
If you don't know why you should care, this affects all of us internet denizens. John Oliver does a good job of explaining it.
What would be like if your phone company told you you can only call certain people who are on certain networks? You know why they can't do that? Because the telephone system is classified as a Title II Utility. All telephone communication must be treated equally. That is what net neutrality is for the internet. It's the reason you can fart around on Amazon.com one minute and then go on some random asshole's blog (cough) the next.
And the Republicans and Ajit Pai's FCC want to revoke that status. Ajit Pai was a former Verizon lawyer, and Trump appointed him as head of the FCC. If you believe he's unbiased in all this, then I have some beachfront property in Montana to sell you.
Killing net neutrality doesn't automatically mean the companies can do this, of course. It doesn't mean they'll automatically start throttling your internet whenever they want. It doesn't mean they'll essentially have pay-for-play schemes where they throttle or outright block content from websites with owners that can't pay them enough. It doesn't mean a monumental roadblock for startup companies.
But do you honestly think that the telecom behemoths won't eventually move in that direction? Even worse, this would allow them to block or throttle content from political and informational pages they don't like.
Killing net neutrality makes it possible for telecoms to control what information you get. It gives them the ability to control what media you consume. If that doesn't scare you, well ... I don't know how to explain that letting Time Warner or Comcast control what you can and can't see is bad. They will have the power to reshape the political landscape as they see fit, and they will have the power to suppress any group's page if they don't like them.
No, it wouldn't happen overnight. They'd take baby steps. Do it slowly. If they're smart, anyway. Regardless, the death of net neutrality spells doom for the way we use the internet today.
You should care. If you value the first amendment of United States, if you value being able to access any information you want, if you value your privacy, you need to say something.
This website is at the forefront of the resistance. They have some very simple instructions on stuff you can do to help fight the telecoms and the awful leadership Trump appointed for the FCC. It only takes a few minutes of your time. I understand that making phone calls is difficult for a lot of you. I know it was for me. But the website provides scripts for what you can say. And you can always send in emails or donate money to the cause. I've already given. The more noise the better.
Last time they tried, millions upon millions of us internet-dwellers stopped them. We need you to fight again.