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Hey everybody, I would like to rally the glorious and eternal Funny Pics militia to talk about Net Neutrality for a brief couple of teeny, tiny paragraphs. (Side note: If you have no idea what Net Neutrality is then go to the bottom of this comment. There's a short summary down below*.)
I'm only mentioning this because the fight for Net Neutrality is not over yet. In fact, the FCC(Federal Communications Commission) is threatening to completely dismantle Net Neutrality by the end of December. Which means that we, as a community, still have a chance to do something.
I would like to point those who care to Battleforthenet.com. At Battleforthenet.com you can get tools and learn how to contact your local governer and talk to them about Net Neutrality. If enough people do this then there's a very high chance that the FCC wont have enough support to pass this bill.
But that's not all you can do. You can also spread the word via social media or to your friends and family. The more people-
that are aware of this, the more outcry we can generate over this act of literal super villian behavior from Verizon, AT&T, ect.
Also try to have a cool head about all of this. The last thing that Net Neutrality needs is people sending emails saying stuff like "If you get rid of Net Neutrality.... I'll make you suffer..... *EDGY INTENSIFIES*." So yeah, none of that. In fact, that hurts the cause more than anything else.
Alright, serious rant over. I'm going to post this on a couple of other pictures so that I can get the word out better. Thanks for reading! And have a wonderful whatever time you're reading this at.
*"Net neutrality, or open Internet, is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should give consumers access to all legal content and applications on an equal basis, without favoring some sources or blocking others.- Usa Today, Feb 27th, 2015".
So to put it bluntly, Net Neutrality keeps big companys who control ISP's (Verizon,Sprint,At&t, T-Mobile-
,Comcast, ect) from picking and choosing what you see on the internet.Protecting you from having to pay more to internet providers to get better access to some of your favorite sites. Which would make the internet more like modern cable. A terrible place where everything is safe, controlled and metaphorically speaking, neutered.
If you would like to know more try visiting some of these sites: www.battleforthenet.com and www.savetheinternet.com.
@cool pigeon, I was wondering about this how this affects people outside of the us, as it's mostly taking place there, can it affect websites in other countries that still have net neutrallity (because you know, the internet is international).
@cool pigeon, well thanks for not blowing the issue out of proportions like so many do. I will say this though. This issue regarding net neutrality is a recurring one. Over the last decade it’s come up about this time almost each year. Different format and acronym but the same thing.
Politicians are very likely not to cave in to the corporate greed on this one. Why? Because to sign yes on it is going to pretty much piss off every voter they have, ensuring they end their terms. And even if the bill passes the senate, it still has to get past the House of Representatives, the president, and the Supreme Court.
Even if all that happens. Companies will learn fast they will lose more money than they gain by bottlenecking access. Money talks. A lot.
@Cloverleaf, I mean, they will get more money. And all major ISP’s are pro-bottlenecking and already do it as much as they legally can. For 75% of the country, only one ISP is available, so there is no place to go. Internet is no longer a luxury, it’s becoming a mainstay of life and work. Also, the majority of the Representatives are anti-Net Neutrality, and the President has an anti-Net Neutrality head of the FCC, so it’s doubtful he wouldn’t sign it into law, and the Supreme Court couldn’t really do anything about it because this isn’t really a question of constitutional rights. Also, anti-Net Neutrality politicians have benefited off of the general ignorance among the general population, so the only option is to inform as many people as possible and to convince them Net Neutrality is good.
@UmActually, technically the removal of net neutrality could limit our freedom of speech so in a way it could be unconstitutional
@Nudity Industries, Maybe, but it really doesn’t need to go through them before it becomes a law. Hopefully one of the two, senate or house, have enough reasonable people.
@UmActually, not true. The Supreme Court views laws and collectively decides whether its constitutional or not.
But my point I think still stands. This is something that will cause uproar. If it happens, it won’t go away instantly. But it will cause political backlash for anyone voting for it.
@Cloverleaf, I wasn’t saying they don’t review the laws, I’m saying it doesn’t go into review unless a suit is brought against the law.
@UmActually, thinking on it, considering our society....how long would you actually expect that to take?
@Cloverleaf, At the very least? a year.
Yeah...old news, dude