Today is the last day to submit online comments to the FCC on Net neutrality! I have intended for a couple of weeks to submit comments to the FCC on how I feel about Net neutrality, and its upcoming rule-making upholding the ability of Internet Service Providers to slow down access to services that don’t pay extra fees to stay fast. What does this mean? It means that without a ruling in favor of Net neutrality, even though I pay a lot every month for high-speed internet access that is an order of magnitude or two faster than the national average, if I site I like doesn’t pay the V*****n [name of big-name ISP censored because my legal defense fund is small] tax, my access to it will be slow. Even if they are paying their ISP for high-speed access as well. Make sure you submit comments.
Here is the comment letter I submitted:
I’m James White and I live in Wenatchee, WA.
Net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data that travels over their networks equally, is important to me because without it ISPs could have too much power to determine my Internet experience by providing better access to some services but not others.
A pay-to-play Internet worries me because ISPs could act as the gatekeepers to their subscribers.
We have, as a nation, decided that the right to free speech, and the right to assembly when and how we wish are important enough to notify, uphold, and defend. And yet, with the strong push that we have made together over the last several decades to move the assembling and the speaking onto the various channels of the Internet, those fundamental American freedoms are at risk. When ISPs have a direct hand in determining which services I have easy access to, and which I don’t, on the whim of arbitrary fees, even when I have paid my own ISP for high speed access to those services, my choices of when and where I can assemble on the Internet, and what I can say there, are endangered.
Without Net neutrality, we in this generation and Americans in future generations are in danger of having the places, the times, the methods, and the topics of their assembly and speech dictated by the chance of which venue was able to pay enough to stay in the fast lanes, and which were not.
[My Address Removed]
These comments are a matter of public record and are viewable online one day after being submitted to the FCC public docket. You will have the option to edit the letter before submitting.