This is particularly apt seeing we’ve spent the last month trying to get the speed promised by our internet provider that we are paying for in an “upgrade”. Guess what – their tech support informs us that they aren’t technologically capable of providing this service in our neighbourhood. Check your speed on http://www.speedtest.net to ensure you are receiving the speed you are dishing out your hard-earned dollars for – if you aren’t, complain to your service provider until you receive satisfaction. Join the fight for Net Neutrality on all levels.
“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.
Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.
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