What if our road system was suddenly changed to one where only those with a lot of money had good access to it? By paying more, you’d be able to drive fast down big lanes while the less fortunate (make that most of us) plodded along on the highway’s shoulders. People with extra money wouldn’t have to wait in left turn lanes. They could just speed to the front, while the rest of us sat in long lines. We’d all eventually get where we were going, but some of us would have spent a heck of a lot more time on the road than others.
If you prefer a road system that doesn’t give preferential treatment based on money, then you’re probably for “Net Neutrality” too. Net neutrality means that your farm or ranch website doesn’t have to pay extra to make sure prospective customers can view it just as fast as they can view any other website. It also means that the speed that information is delivered to you doesn’t depend on whether your source (like On Pasture for example) has the money to boost it’s own speed. Net Neutrality simply prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. It’s the way the internet has always worked.
A few years ago, the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) started re-thinking the idea of net neutrality and there was a HUGE outcry. When the FCC opened a comment period, so many people reacted that it crashed the FCC website.
The FCC listened to the overwhelming response and scrapped any plans to do away with net neutrality.
The FCC is once again considering eliminating net neutrality. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who left his job as a lawyer for Verizon to lead the FCC, plans to introduce a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to challenge the agency’s 2015 Open Internet Order.
The process for commenting is a bit more difficult this time around and involves finding the right part of FCC’s website, then a search of FCC proceedings, finding the correct report, and then finally clicking on “+Express.” To make it easier for people to have their opinions heard, Newsman/comedian John Oliver of Last Week Tonight purchased the web address GoFCCYourself.com which links directly to the comment area for net neutrality.
Get started by clicking here. Here’s what you’ll see:
When you click on +Express, a form will come up that you can fill out that looks like this:
Your being able to read On Pasture relies on access to information online, so we hope this is something important to you, and you can spend a couple of minutes letting your voice be heard. If you know others who would be interested in sharing their thoughts, please let them know as well.
Rachel and Kathy