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Net neutrality: The foundation of modern liberty

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Losing the battle for net neutrality, free and open data access, could very well mean the end of the internet as we know it. In the next couple of months, easy access to information and entertainment for the everyday consumer of the internet could be a thing of the past. Huge companies like Times Warner and Comcast have continually overstepped their bounds and have shown little to no regard to their customers. They’ve showed interest only in making money. The loss of net neutrality is just another way for these companies to make more money at the expense of their customers who in many cases don’t have another choice.

Many probably don’t know how the loss of net neutrality would affect your daily lives. Imagine going online to try to order some Chipotle, but it’s so slow that you can’t even connect. Then you go to look up where the nearest Taco Bell is as a reluctant alternative, and the connection to Taco Bell’s website is blazing fast. Why? Because without net neutrality, companies can basically sell “speed” to the highest bidder.

If Taco Bell decides to pay Comcast and Chipotle doesn’t, the scenario above could become a reality. This could happen with Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, Twitter and many, many more places across the internet.

The end of net neutrality means the end of free and open internet. It will mean the end of unrestricted information travel. The era of free and open information will end. The consequences will be devastating. You’ll only be able to view data from companies that pay the most; you’ll only be able to consume entertainment from the richest and more powerful companies. Imagine only being able to watch movies and TV shows that pay for fast lanes or being able to stream music from artists that can afford the fee to have their music expedited. These companies have already taken so many steps to destroy all the good things about the internet, the principles the internet was founded upon. This is the last step. Don’t let them destroy the internet as we know it. Stand up and take action.

Two months ago Senator Ron Wyden wrote on Reddit: “Speak up and tell the FCC to protect the freedom to compete online & to preserve the Internet as a platform for speech, learning, & commerce. Your voices matter.” You can always write your congressmen and you can submit comments to the FCC at: www.fcc.gov/comments. Make sure your voice is heard.

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