Internet service providers threaten neutrality

We, the generation of the Internet, have been accustomed to having the ability to search for any piece of information imaginable within seconds of asking a question.

This concept, called net neutrality, has currently come under fire from a U.S. appeals court ruling.

Last week, the court threw out the Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 rules requiring broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic equally – the concept known as net neutrality.

For the common American, this poses an immediate threat to our way of life on the Internet.

Internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon are looking for the right to profit from the use of their services by individual websites, similar to consumers paying for premium television packages to access high-brow channels such as HBO.

They would like sites to pay a premium for high-speed streaming while others have access only to slower service.

This would limit the accessibility of small businesses and startups, which consequently limit consumers’ choices.

If the FCC does not act, Congress, susceptible to lobbyists from large service providers, will step in and make a decision.

That’s where you come in.

Two years ago, when faced with the Stop Online Piracy Act, Internet users saw their freedom of speech under fire and rose to the challenge.

The widespread protest forced Congress to kill the bill.

Now, it is our turn to protect the freedom of the net once more.

Users are urged to send their comments to the FCC rejecting fast lane and slow lane laws, limiting the presence of Internet Service Providers on the web.

Comments can be submitted to the FCC via Twitter (@FCC) or via email at openinternet@FCC.gov.