What is it?
Net Neutrality is the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that ISPs should provide us with open networks — and shouldn’t block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t interfere with the content you view or post online.
Why is it important?
Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the internet into fast and slow lanes. An ISP could slow down its competitors’ content or block political opinions it disagreed with. ISPs could charge extra fees to the few content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service. This would destroy the open internet. The internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the internet. It would become a closed-down network where cable and phone companies decide which websites, content or applications are available.
What does it mean for businesses?
Net Neutrality is crucial for small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, who rely on the open internet to launch their businesses, create markets, advertise their products and services, and reach customers. Net Neutrality lowers the barriers of entry by preserving the internet’s fair and level playing field. No company should be allowed to interfere with this open marketplace. ISPs are the internet’s gatekeepers, and without Net Neutrality, they would seize every possible opportunity to profit from that gatekeeper position. Without Net Neutrality, the next Google or Facebook would never get off the ground.
What can I do about it?
You can go to https://www.battleforthenet.com/ to sign the petition to keep the Internet Neutral and Open.