Thursday, January 16, 2014

If We Really Want Net Neutrality...

The recent ruling by the Federal Appeals Court has been a death sentence for net neutrality. But there are two things we can do to bring it back.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are not the Internet. They just provide a connection to the last mile – to the customer.

ISPs are actually the weakest link of the Internet. They charge ridiculously exorbitant rates to provide much slower service than offered in many other countries.

And now they want to charge even more...

Verizon sued to control the flow of the Internet, and they just won. Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has no jurisdiction on the Internet. But this is not the final wordif we speak up.

Right now, we need to tell the FCC that they need to rewrite their regulations of the Internet – and bring back net neutrality. Click here to act.

...And if the FCC fails to act?

Then we need to build our own Internet. This isn't as hard as it sounds. We could connect in an open mesh network. Essentially, we could eliminate the need for ISPs. This is already being done in other parts of the world – for far less money, much better connection speeds, and better privacy from the NSA.

The ISPs have been overcharging us for connection to the Internet for too damn long. And now they're using our money to steal control over the Internet to ultimately charge us even more. What's worse, they may make it very difficult for small websites to be accessed. Essentially, the ISPs want to make the Internet like cable TV.

We don't need the ISPs. They charge far too much. And we certainly don't want them to control what we know.

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