The internet could change soon, and in a really big and awful way. (If you think that this is just one of those crazy-conspiracy rants by the way - I've got news for you. It's already happening. Sprint will begin charging $12 per month extra as of August 9th just for access to an app like Facebook. --> http://www.droid-life.com/2014/07/30/12-a-month-for-facebook-sprint-tramples-over-net-neutrality-with-new-prepaid-plan/)
This won't just affect me as a blogger that speaks to thousands of people each day. This will affect you, your access to new thoughts and ideas, the way you see the world, your ability to do something as simple as watch a video on YouTube, or even afford the internet.
I'm talking about Net Neutrality.
Unfortunately, (as I'm sure we all very well know by now) the mainstream media isn't breaking this down to the American people in the best way because many of them are owned by the very companies that stand to make a lot more money off of you if they succeed. In other words - this is corruption at its finest.
I'm not going to go into a great length of details on this, because the video below explains it so epic-ly, but let me give you the rundown:
The former FCC chairman (you know, the guy that is supposed to be protecting us from this sort of thing) is now a cable industry lobbyist that is trying hard to make sure that your ISP (internet service provider) can make you pay more to access things like YouTube or Facebook. And (because this country can't seem to avoid corruption somehow...) the current chairman is - surprise! - a former cable industry lobbyist.
In addition, there's a pretty good chance that small businesses and bloggers like me will be seen last or not at all by end-users like you, because I won't be able to afford to pay a premium to get into the proposed 'fast-lane' that the cable companies want to impose. And as an end-user, there is also a good chance that you won't be able to afford to see the internet platforms I'm on, thanks to new and increased charges to access certain portions of the internet easier (like that Sprint article that I linked above).
This isn't just internet censorship, this is internet-destruction.
Is this really where you want your internet to go? Tell the FCC where you stand by going to DearFCC.org and demand that they keep the net neutral. It's our internet. It's our ideas, our goals, our passions, hopes & dreams. Don't let this freedom slip away without a fight!
Watch the videos below, then take a stand to join with
many others who are fighting for #NetNeutrality.
Please share this information as much as you possibly can.
My letter to the FCC on DearFCC.org reads as follows:
The Internet is important to me because, as a blogger and small business owner, I need to know that there will not be barriers between me and my readers and/or consumers. If ISP subscribers are being given only a portion of what the internet provides, there’s no way that I will be able to compete or succeed. As a country that was founded on Freedom itself, this is an abomination. Are we going to go backwards in time and destroy everything that so many men and women died to see succeed? Unjust taxation and corruption within the media and the lines of communication are truly a big part of the reason that America was born in the first place. As a citizen of the United States, you should be appalled at this entire issue. If you are for less freedoms for the internet, you are against the very core principles that our country has been built upon. Don't let America become a third-world country in the realm of innovation and information simply to line the pockets of those who are already rich beyond most people's wildest imaginations.
Thanks for your time all,
Your friendly MasterofMom.com blogger - Alicia Figueroa