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I’ve been traveling all day but have tried to keep up on the net neutrality vote in the USA. It can impact so many negatively.
Some thoughts from the road …
With the FCC vote against net neutrality and potentially higher fees down the road, I’m wondering:
Could we live without the internet? Of course this was prompted by several people posting updates about how they could live without the internet. In theory, but think about all the things we do online now:
Read the news
Meet new people (Twitter chat, for example)
Share our stories
Some check their food stamp balance
Look up things
I wrote this on the web, distributed it digitally and now you are reading it online.
I’m not so sure it’s possible to live without the internet but what if it gets so expensive after the FCC overturned net neutrality, which before the vote forbad different speeds or costs for different services or sites, that it becomes unaffordable?
I realize that 56 percent of readers on here are from outside the United States, but I hope the importance of a free-ish internet is important to all. Free-ish because we still have to pay for connecting, hosting, etc. But let’s hope that doesn’t increase because exponentially because of this vote.
Somehow I’m missing something, right? Why would net neutrality ever get overturned? How does that help the people? The small businesses, the bloggers, the startups.
I loved this tweet from Netflix:
I, for one, would likely(?) have never gotten to close to a half a million views per year on here if I had to pay more for higher speeds.
The web has so much potential for us to be more connected, share our stories and even learn more.
During the 2017 Alabama Senate election, I learned so much. Watching on the web CNN via my Roku Player, I also had my phone by my side and googled things I heard on TV and wanted to learn more about. That included: Sizes of cities, the history of the black belt region and other things.
I also was following the interactive New York Times coverage. The internet allows us to do all of this without ever getting up.
It’s also helped me connect to many industry greats out there.
I don’t see what good this decision does but if you know email me here.
For now, I hope companies don’t abuse it when and if it can be abuse and maybe our elected officials will change it to whatever is best for us – the people – if necessary.
Of course, many things are not eaten as hot as they are cooked. Or as they are perceived to be.
One can hope, I suppose, but why change something that appears to had been so widely supported?
On the flip side…
In the United States, somebody just mentions gun restrictions, safeguards or whatnot and the National Rifle Association is screaming foul. “If this happens this next thing certainly can help …”
Where are the NRA-type opposers when it comes to internet equality? Ugh. You get the point, I’m sure.
I saw debate before the FCC ruling and after but why didn’t it help?
We need to find a way to stand up to help people use the age of the digital transformation for the common good – and that doesn’t always to charge each other more – if that is actually what ends up happening.
One final thought. As far as I understand it the net neutrality rules weren’t in effect yet so maybe the impact will indeed be minimal but time will tell.