Congress is working on a bill that would allow telecommunications companies to charge rates for better bandwidth. That is, they are trying to abolish Internet Neutrality.
What this would mean, is they could determine that a particular service is using too much bandwidth, and limit them to a total of 50k/sec. That site would, if it received too much traffic, appear to be non-responsive. What happens when a site is non-responsive?
People go elsewhere.
Go to the site and sign the petition. Here is the letter I included for my congresman.
The internet was founded on the proliferation of freedom. It has been instrumental in bringing nations together and accelerating equality.
Information, and the passage thereof needs to remain free of class and privilege. All nations, all classes, all races deserve the same level of service from the backbone of the internet.
What these companies are suggesting as beneficial is a lie. Imposing artificial limits based on how much a person is willing to pay will alienate those small businesses incapable of fronting the bill.
This does not encourage competition: it is a cleverly disguised assault against it.
The telecommunication companies are all in the business of providing “bulk” services. Since they own the backbone, they don’t have to pay the excess fees. Smaller companies – and even larger ones – Like Google or AOL will suffer – and have to raise rates for their consumers.
The result of this would be a slow – even bottlenecked internet for those who could not afford to pay for more.
I believe you will agree with me that this is wrong, and must not happen.
Please act immediately to save the Internet.