Save the Internet by Preserving Net Neutrality

A few days ago, I posted about how I wanted to become more invested or involved in American politics. Today I know that I am in Indiana’s 6th Congressional District and that my representative is Congressman Mike Pence. I also know that a bill was introduced into Congress on February 12 called the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008.

I believe in Net Neutrality and am glad to see that there is a bill to be voted on which would protect it in America.

Evidently, major Internet service providers, would like to exert some control over the flow of content which runs through the tubes which they own. This, of course, would be for their own monetary gain. Imagine it like this: A telephone company, in order to increase revenue, decides to implement a Speedy Connect fee; if you call a customer who has paid this fee, the phone begins ringing and they can answer it just the same as ever. On the other hand, if you call someone who has not paid this fee, you will be kept waiting for thirty or more seconds before the call ever starts ringing through at their end. You still get the service, but at the cost of a lot of waiting.

The Internet without Net Neutrality would be a lot like that. Imagine if Web service providers started such fees for Websites. If you visited a Website which did not pay its fee, welcome back to dial-up or otherwise non-preferred speeds. Sites which do pay will load as speedily as ever.

Net Neutrality and the Internet Freedom Preservation Act assert that content providers should not be able to manipulate the content flowing through their lines.

I’ve found that reading anything interesting online occurs not at the multi-million-dollar media conglomerate Websites but rather on sites run by others like me: average people taking advantage of the most foundational principle of the Internet: freedom of speech.

If Net Neutrality is not preserved, the collective creativity of millions would be put into a stranglehold; maybe the Web providers will deliver their content, maybe they won’t…

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