Net neutrality is the principle that each of us may access whatever content on the Internet that we wish without discrimination by Internet Service Providers for their own gain. That is how it is now, but there are those who would like to alter competition in their favor by being free to slow down the speed of their competitors’ content. That is the simple explanation.
Comedian John Oliver recently gave a twenty-minute talk about the net neutrality issue on YouTube where he explained it more fully and invited his listeners to support net neutrality by contacting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) directly. But since the FCC isn’t known for simple explanations, Oliver made it a bit more easy for those of us who would like to weigh in:
- Type into your Internet address bar: gofccyourself.com .
- On the right hand side of the page, click Express. This will take you to the page where you can fill out a form expressing your views.
- Fill in your name and click “return.”
- Fill out the rest of the form, include your comments supporting net neutrality, and check the “email confirmation” box.
- Click “Continue to review screen.”
- Click submit.
That’s it. You have let the FCC know how you feel about net neutrality.
Now, as you undoubtedly know, there are a lot of people out there who are a bit weird on many levels, so John Oliver did a follow-up on what happened after his television show about net neutrality. You can watch it here:
Don’t be discouraged though. Join those of us who are totally serious about this issue and send your thoughts, ideas, and opinions to the FCC following the instructions above. It is NEVER to late to express yourself.
You may think it’s irrelevant now, but if net neutrality is gone, you definitely will not be a happy Internet user!