Need to lobby legislature to keep net neutrality

Editor,

Ready to send more money to your internet service provider (ISP)? Good. The Federal Communications Commission under their new leader, Ajit Pai, plans to remove net neutrality protections by Dec. 14.

Net neutrality means that ISPs can’t charge more money to access particular sites or services. Net neutrality means that the ISP can’t censor content. Net neutrality means that small businesses, videographers and musicians can’t be charged just to access their audience.

No net neutrality means AT&T could stop access to a service as they did in 2012 and 2013 to Apple’s FaceTime — until sued under net neutrality rules. No net neutrality means if Comcast wanted to, they could slow down your Netflix access like they did in 2014 until coerced using net neutrality rules. No net neutrality means that your internet habits can be sold. No net neutrality means that the board of directors for your ISP will determine what you access, how fast you access and how much you pay to access the internet based upon the best interests of their corporation.

Mr. Pai’s last job was as a Verizon lobbyist. You might be forgiven if you think he is still working for them. Of course, Verizon, Comcast, Charter and AT&T are pushing this roll-back and say they will act responsibly.

In the future if your connections are slow, or a website seems to be down, perhaps it is just your ISP’s “policy.” And of course sending more money to your ISP might fix that. You could call the ISP’s customer service desk. You’ve always had good luck with that, haven’t you? Or you might email your legislator now…while you still can.

Bill Rick

Coupeville

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