|Net Neutrality Fight Comes to a Head This Week
By: Jessica Cherok
Hopefully you’ve been paying attention to the net neutrality fight going on in Washington. The Federal Communications Commission is set to decide this week whether to proceed with the currently drafted guidelines for prioritized data delivery.
In order to raise public awareness (and outrage) against the FCC vote, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has created net neutrality ads all over D.C., appearing at bus stops and train stations.
The ads, created by a publicly crowdfunded campaign, encourages people to call the FCC and voice their displeasure for the proposed guidelines. Many feel that paid prioritization will end free technology and competition on the Internet, and only allow those with the deepest pockets to advance.
Several tech giants have also come out in opposition of the prioritization. Companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and 100 others signed a letter sent to telecom regulators voicing their opposition to the changes to net neutrality. The letter called the proposed changes a “grave threat to the Internet.”
The changes would allow Comcast and Verizon to charge companies for the ability to have faster service. In other words, the more you pay, the better your connection speeds. Not only would this create an expense for tech companies, but potentially prevent newer, poorer companies from receiving a fair chance. Ultimately, this could degrade competition and innovation.
The vote will take place May 15.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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