Save the internet

A bunch of giant-ass companies want to find a way to charge us more money for our already expensive and shitty internet service. Let's not do that.

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This won’t be boring I promise.

Everyone is talking about Net Neutrality and it’s all boring technical nonsense to most of us. Here’s the non-boring explanation for normal people:

A bunch of giant-ass companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast want to find a way to charge us more money for our already expensive and shitty internet service.

When I say our internet is garbage I mean it. If you could download a movie from Netflix right to your laptop it would take about 8 minutes here in the States. In Hong Kong it would take 3 minutes. Oh, and by the way, internet service in Hong Kong costs half of what we pay here.

But that’s not even the bad part! In order to charge us more for slow internet these giant-ass companies want to chop the internet up into “basic” and “premium” options. And just an FYI, “premium” is what we have now. Hell, they might even start packaging up our favorite sites and bundling access to them, just like cable. Get Google, Facebook, and Netflix for only $29.99 extra!

Most of us can’t even shop around for better service and prices from different internet providers. Fact is, the majority of us don’t have a choice. There simply aren’t any alternative options for most Americans.1

This really hits home for me because I make websites for a living. Under this new internet I would have to pay a fee to get my new social network or movie service in front of my audience. This just isn’t possible for the cash-strapped startups that are making our modern world awesome and fun.

The only way to prevent this from happening is to reclassify the internet as a “common carrier,” just like phone service. And the only way to do that, is by doing this. Blogging about it; talking about it; submitting comments to the FCC; whatever it takes to make the government do the right thing. If we don’t, we can seriously kiss the internet we know and love goodbye.

I clearly feel passionately about Net Neutrality and I’m trying my best to support the cause by throwing up a big banner on Sept 10th. Please click it. At the very least check out this funny video and read up on it before it’s too late.

  1. That’s also why it’s so expensive—because monopolies will do what they do best and extort their customers. That’s also why we have laws which are supposed to prevent monopoloies… unfortunately, especially in this case, monopoloies have a lot of money to burn on persuading politicians to agree to this madness. [return]