Nov 15
2017

Battle for the Net: Why We Believe in Keeping the Internet Neutral

Net Neutrality

By John Lim, CTO

Where were you on December 14th, 2017? Wait, What? What is going on December 14th, 2017? A very critical vote by the FCC will happen on December 14th, 2017. Without Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to provide you better service to content on the internet from their business partners and not others.

So a small business owner that has an Etsy site selling wares might not be able to compete to get into your internet browser as fast as say an Amazon or Walmart that can afford to pay for direct access to your home.

Sound fair?

As a first world nation believe the internet is a right, just like clean water, and power. Does it make sense to provide better cleaner water to people that can afford it and leave the not so good water for everyone else? In essence that is what Net Neutrality is avoiding.

Back in May 2017, the FCC proposed a rule change to overturn Title II (Net Neutrality) classifications and nearly 22 Million comments were received by the FCC out of which 98.5% of the unique comments were against the repeal of the Title II classifications set forth in 2015. 98.5%. Overwhelming. What did the new FCC Chairman do? Ignored the public comments and proceeded forward.

So in a few weeks, the five-member FCC panel will vote to repeal Title II. If party lines are followed with respect to the vote, the vote will come down 3-2 in favor of repealing Net Neutrality.

So what can we do right now? Call your Congressperson. Visit battleforthenet.com to get connected to your Congressperson. Right now, only Congress can stop the FCC.

John Lim, CTO

// John, CTO directs our team of technicians in support cases, new project planning, and research and development. John came to TekTegrity after spending ten years as a leader in Cuesta College’s Information Technology Department where he helped make possible Cuesta’s High Tech building, myCuesta portal, and Gmail integration. If you come by the office and there are dozens of donuts, bagels or fresh egg rolls (from San José) in the break room, John is most likely the food fairy who left them. And if he’s not feeding or directing the tech team you might find John having lunch at the Elks Lodge or spot him cruising the coast with his motorcycle gang.  More on John >>



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