If you’re reading this, net neutrality matters to you. If you don’t think Internet speed matters, do you remember the mid-90s when a 50k gif would render line by line? How about the days when your video would buffer longer than the length of the video itself? Fight for the Future explains the current issue in the US this way:
Under the proposed rules, cable and phone giants like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon would be able to create a two-tiered Internet, with slow lanes (for most of us) and fast lanes (for wealthy corporations that are willing pay fees in exchange for fast service). They would be able to strike “exclusive” deals for priority on their networks, picking winners and losers in different industries based on contracts not on consumer demand. This would impact the vast majority of web companies—not just the largest companies that use the most bandwidth.
Or, enjoy John Oliver’s explanation:
The FCC was swamped with comments and calls, many spurred by Oliver’s video above. You would think they would have the idea that this is an important issue for Americans, yet now, they are proposing a hybrid solution that still leaves “paid prioritization” as an option.
Emergency protest vigils are being held Thursday evening across the country. Take along a candle, mobile phone, or flashlight if you go.