Imagine if your cable or phone company got to decide what you could and couldn’t see on the internet, or made it slower and more expensive to visit sites they didn’t own – or didn’t agree with.
The chairman of the FCC has proposed to destroy the principle of net neutrality, which prevents internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, CenturyLink and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down, or blocking any specific content, applications, or websites.
Losing net neutrality means losing a free internet – and giving a handful of companies the power to censor or manipulate what you and all of America can see, read, and know.
Our digital infrastructure helped make our region what it is today, and with a stifled web, our community’s proud tradition of fostering free thought and innovation would be irreversibly damaged. Startups that depend on a free and open internet would face higher service charges; big corporations would determine who is let in, and who is shut out, and you would pay more for services you already use.
Killing net neutrality would simply end the internet as we know it – and we can’t allow this to happen.