https://www.savetheinternet.com/sites/default/files/styles/1275_wide/public/topics/topic_net-neutrality.png
"Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating most of the Internet must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content."

The Internet is one of the best inventions of humankind and if it didn't exist I wouldn't have a job. It's reach is vast and there is no end to how future humans will use it and have it better their lives. Cheerful Ghost was created because it was rather easy for me to cobble together some code and make something that allows us all to read these words i'm typing. I could do it rather easily because of the open source code of so many I built on and extended and the standards and protocols that govern the Internet. Alongside that foundation is also the fact that just because Cheerful Ghost is a small web community it can still exist in a larger world with huge billion dollar web businesses like Facebook, Google and Apple. The fact that Cheerful Ghost barely makes enough to keep the "server lights on" and Facebook making more money than a small country doesn't matter much because both sites are just as easy for you to access. One part of that is because Net Neutrality has made a system where even small communities like us can exist.

That said under the current FCC Chair Ajit Pai who was appointed by the United States President Donald Trump wants to repeal the rules governing Net Neutrality. Below are his own words on the subject.

"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet, Instead, the F.C.C. would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them"

The problem with this rationale is that it gives Telecoms the ability to do things that make it harder for Cheerful Ghost and other small sites with micro budgets to exist needless to say the kind of world where you need to pick an Internet plan "thats best for you" which may as well be codewords for more expensive Internet packages.

I encourage you to delve more deeply into this subject and have cobbled together a couple links below to know more and take action. I don't typically write about US politics here much but this issue is very important to Cheerful Ghost and the current and future voices on the Internet.

https://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/technology/fcc-net-neutrality.html

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/11/today-and-every-day-we-fight-defend-open-internet

https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/dont-dismantle-net-neutrality

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/22/2017 at 04:11am

If you can spare the money, please consider donating to the ACLU and EFF, who fight for net neutrality. But, nonprofits vs the weight of the US government... it's a hard fight. They need more than they have.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 11/22/2017 at 04:24am

point_up

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 11/22/2017 at 06:54am

Like we have a lot of choices for internet service providers. If I don’t want Comcast I can have severely slow internet through centurylink.

Travis   Admin wrote on 11/22/2017 at 06:20pm

That's part of the problem. We don't have choices, so capitalist competition doesn't affect ISPs as much as it would if there were options. So Comcast in your case could decide they want to charge a premium for Netflix access, and since you don't have reasonable alternatives, you'll have to pay.

If there weren't regional monopolies it would be less of an issue. Still an issue, for sure, but less of one.

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