What Does Net Neutrality Mean to You? | It’s a 3

Lifescience says humans can live 3 minutes without air, 3 hours (in an extremely harsh environment) without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food or sleep – with some exceptions – or you’ll perish.

Humans are social creatures. We survive and flourish through nourishing our physical bodies and minds. Throughout our lives we take in, learn and share information. It is our right.

To deprive a modern human being who has already been introduced to the free flow of information, by putting a price tag on the content and flow, should cause each human being to revolt, in 3 months. Reject the (too large monopolithic) providers withholding the information (for yourself, for him and her, your children, cousins, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, grandmothers) until new smaller providers, out of necessity, pop up to take their place with a resilience of free-market healthy competition.

Think globally, act locally. Down with corporate lobbying strongholds. United consensus must be felt and acted upon from the public to hold-out until a smaller provider emerges to blossom from the too big giants.

Why does net neutrality matter anyway? Those at Lifehacker explain that “The basic principle driving net neutrality is that the internet should be a free and open platform, almost like any other utility we use in our home (like electricity).”

What does it mean? It was Tim Wu,

Tim Wu who coined the term Net Neutrality

Tim Wu who coined the term Net Neutrality

a law professor at Columbia University in New York city who came up with the term 'net (network) neutrality', stating that the cable and telephone companies that control the 'plumbing' of the internet should not be the ones deciding how the public uses the internet. They should not be imposing additional fees on top of our cable bill to restrict the flow of information.

Mr. Wu says he was appalled by the business practices around him. “Network neutrality came out of the bad things there,” he said.

The company Mr. Wu worked for sold industrial-size Internet routers that were being used “to block and prioritize Internet traffic, to discriminate against traffic, basically, to do many of the things that I think companies on the Internet shouldn’t be doing.” He went to China for the company and found that the equipment he was dealing in was of interest to the Chinese for its potential to abet censorship.

“Helping the Chinese government censor dissidents wasn’t the way I wanted to spend the rest of my life,” he said. “It hit me that we weren’t on the good side there.” The idea of net neutrality grew, in part, because “I had personal experience of violations of it,” he said.

It is in fact the most power hungry and shrewd governments which wish to suppress information and censor; the Chinese government, North Korean, Hitler's Nazi Regime. For those who wish to maintain their hold, information is perilous and transparency feared.

Jeff Sommer in his article in the New York Times "Defending the Open Internet" What makes the current debate so contentious is that the F.C.C. has signaled its intention to grant cable and telephone companies the right to charge content companies like Netflix, Google, Yahoo or Facebook for speeding up transmissions to people’s homes. And this is happening as the F.C.C. is considering whether to bless the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which could put a single company in control of the Internet pipes into 40 percent of American homes.

One comment within Whitson Gordon's Lifehacker's article "An introduction to Net Neutrality: What It Is, What It Means for You, and What You Can Do About It" from nobodyzhome; "we have GOT to get away from only having 1 or 2 ISPs (Internet Service Providers) per market. There has to be more competition than that." Another person added "If it was shipping they wouldn't just charge you for 7 day ground vs next day air, they'd charge you differently if it was 1 pound of cheese vs 1 pound of computer hardware.

See the problem? It isn't about tiers for bandwidth, tiers are fine. It's about tiers for CONTENT differences. It's about treating the same amount of data differently because it's video vs email or their own service vs a competitor."

As activists with moveon point out http://www.occupythefcc.com/" The FCC is proposing new rules that will be great for Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon, but terrible for the rest of us. This agency has been surrounded by corporate lobbyists for too long.

Protect the Internet from blocking, discrimination and censorship by coming under common carrier law.

We Demand the FCC:
1. Reject the Proposal
2. Reclassify Internet Under Title II

Help us surround FCC headquarters with people who love the Internet and want to keep it open."

In his New York Times article on "Defending the Open Internet", Jeff Sommer goes on to mention that President Obama stated in 2010 in an interview, “I’m a big believer in net neutrality. We’re getting pushback, obviously from some of the bigger carriers, obviously who would like to charge more fees and extract more money from wealthier customers, but we think that runs counter to the whole spirit of openness that has made the Internet such a powerful engine not only for economic growth but also for the generation of ideas and creativity.”

Obama expressing his views supporting Net Neutrality

Where does this information come from that I’m ‘looking up’ on the internet? It comes from the vast amounts of information that have been provided by people all over the world who have made the decision to join in the global community to tell the world about their ideas, business, scientific insights, club options, team meetings, sports playoffs, theatre information, 'how to' advice.....The success of the internet is that the tangles of information out there on the web to search through and grab, are because the world community could and does provide this information for one another.

The reason the internet works, is because so many people from all over the world use it. It’s that easy. Noam Chomsky called a nuance of this ‘manufacturing consent’. It’s because basically 87 % or so of the world’s population have responded positively and decided to invest themselves in providing information. Saying, yes, I too will create a site for my business or school. It’s when the whole academic, historic and scientific institutions... ‘you name it’ use the Net as a source to provide and retrieve information. It's the contribution of each which makes it the sparkling diamond of resources that it is.

The concept was harnessed and made to become the fantastic organically grown vast cyber field of information to peruse. Various News sources have introduced a pay-to-play system, gradually. The New York Times online was formerly free. Now the consumer / reader is allotted 20 articles per month, to carefully pick and choose from among them which to read, before having to pay.

As a writer, thinker, musician and artist who loves learning and communicating, I personally use the internet without much exception, daily. It's the way I created this entire article. It's the way I communicate between family members separated by distance.

Freepress defends that "we need to preserve and strengthen these longstanding Net Neutrality principles, and ensure they cover all forms of Internet access.

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About carolkeiter
Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

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