For those of us in the United States, tomorrow is Zero Hour: Thursday, December 14. The FCC, led by Ajit Pai, a lapdog of Verizon, is pushing the vote to end the one and only true equality that citizens of this nation have ever had since its inception: equal access to information on the internet. Companies such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are leading the charge to end net neutrality in another bid to boost their profit margins.
What is net neutrality? Simply put, you pay your provider for access to the net, and from there you are free to go anywhere you want, whenever you want, at the speed your provider is contracted to give you per your agreement. Without it, kiss your freedom goodbye. It’s all manner of different kinds of censorship, all the time. Everything is fast lanes, pay walls, and an end to the internet’s limitless potential for education and entertainment.
This is not the first time this fight has happened. The last time it happened, it was a bi-partisan push to save it, led by President Obama. The net was saved, not by Washington, but by grass roots protests: average citizens like you or me calling in to our Senators and State Representatives, demanding them to support net neutrality. Now the current climate in Washington is to simply undo anything with Obama’s name on it, regardless of whether that was good or bad. The FCC’s lead man, a former Verizon insider, has been smug and brazen about this, admitting to the sheer amounts of money to be made on the backs of those who cannot afford it. Ajit Pai is laughing at you, at all of us.
This video was made back in 2014. It explains what net neutrality is, and what it looks like when we no longer have it. The stakes are the same now as they are then.
There are many companies lined up in the fight to save net neutrality. Google, Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft, Reddit, Imgur, Etsy, Patreon, BitTorrent, Mozilla, and a host of other large and influential companies are coming together to do whatever they can to save the internet. But they need the secret weapon to win this fight.
They need you. WE need you.
If you live in the US, please take the time to call your State Reps and Senators. Do not bother with petitions. Don’t waste your time clicking like buttons or mouthing off on Facebook or Twitter as your only line of action. ACTIVELY CALL, and get your friends, family, and coworkers to do the same. Flood their offices with calls as that is literally the only metric the government types understand. Put the pressure on them, and they will in turn pressure the FCC to save net neutrality. That’s how it happened last time, and that’s how it must happen again.
Remember: in this country, we lose our freedoms one at a time, whittled down until policies like this one come down and pull the rug out from under us. Once those freedoms are lost, we do not get them back without massive amounts of bloodshed in an armed revolution. That’s the lesson of history. It applies to all of your rights, not just this one. Try to imagine a world where you simply have to go without the internet. No email. No social media. No online job searches. Online shopping? Forget it. Streaming movies and music? Not anymore. No small businesses and independent creators thriving through word of mouth. The phone in your pocket is now just that: a phone… unless you’re independently wealthy and can afford to pay all the extra fees to bypass the first walls only to be told where you can and can’t go, and how fast. This affects everyone.
If knowledge is power, then the internet is the largest resource of power on this planet. Are you willing to pay a lot more money to get a lot less out of the internet? Is it worth it to you to lose the greatest wonder of modern times?
If the answer is no, pick up the phone and call Congress. Express your anger. Urge their help. Save your freedom.
This website is a proud supporter of Fight For the Future and The Internet Defense League. After you’re done on the phone, click these links and look into them. This fight has happened before, and even if we save the net this time, this will happen again. These organizations are on the front lines to protect the internet. Give them a look.
And above all, spread the word.