Sorry to my non-American readers, this has nothing to do with you. But I am an American based blog, so it’s really important for me and the 50% of my readers who are American. There is a change to national internet policy being considered which would make my blog harder to reach. To give you a taste of what that might be like, No Posting Today.
If you already know about the Net Neutrality issues and the protections the FCC is considering rolling back, you can submit a letter to the FCC protesting this proposal. The link is HERE
The website that is organizing all of this is called http://www.battleforthenet.com, you can also go there and sign up for more information and to participate in additional protests.
If you need more information, here is what is happening:
The FCC is considering changing rules to allow for internet providers to charge websites for higher speed service. Essentially, letting them be paid twice, once by the consumer (us) who pays for internet access. And once by the websites we are trying to reach who would have to pay to be available to the consumer.
If this passes, it means that little websites like mine would no longer be available to American consumers at the same speed and ease as larger websites that are able to pay the ransom demands of the cable companies.
Essentially, it means that the internet is for sale. If you have enough money, you can pay for your website to be more easily accessible than any other website on the same topic. To put it in terms of this blog, it means that the makers of Tubelight could pay so that the official website, with all the glowing reviews on it, loads fast and easily. And this blog, with an honest unbiased review from a public citizen, loads more slowly.
If you are an American, you can submit a letter to the FCC protesting this proposal. The link is HERE
The website that is organizing all of this is called http://www.battleforthenet.com, you can also go there and sign up for more information and to participate.
Finally, if you are not an American but still want to help, all I can think to suggest is that the man who is selling us all to the corporations is named Ajit V. Pai. His family is Konkoni from around Maharasthra. His parents are both doctors, named Radha Pai and V.S. Pai and they settled in upstate New York. Ajit went to Harvard and University of Chicago.
Now, knowing how things work, I am thinking there is a slight chance that someone reading this blog knows someone who knows someone who knows this man’s family. If you do, feel free to contact his family and tell them that they should tell him not to do this. I don’t know if that will make any difference, but getting yelled at by an Auntie might do something that all these petitions and protests are not.