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The importance of net neutrality


You might have heard about "net neutrality" on the news recently. In case you are not sure what net neutrality is, in a nutshell, it's the idea that from the perspective of your Internet provider (Comcast, CenturyLink, Cox or Verizon, for example), all of your data is the same. They are just arbitrary series of zeroes and ones, and it doesn't matter what the content of the data is.

So why is it important? Without net neutrality, your Internet provider would have the ability to filter your data into categories and charge extra for categories. They could tell when you are streaming Netflix, Facebook, or doing online gaming, and charge extra for those services. All of those services right now are equally accessible with your current Internet package, but without net neutrality, that could change!

In light of the recent news of the FCC planning to overturn the net neutrality rules in December, I figured I would make a blog post about it. I'll be honest, I have no idea if anyone even reads this blog. (If you do, thank you, seriously.) However, dear readers, there is an impending threat to your ability to access websites and content on the Internet unimpeded by your Internet provider. That's not cool!

If you want to know what you can do, please head over to Battle for the Net at https://www.battleforthenet.com/ and follow the instructions on contacting your Congressmen there. Call them, email them, it doesn't matter - show them that net neutrality is something we care about!