Depending on which part of the world you live in, you probably take a lot of things for granted.
Even when I lived in India, there were a LOT of things I took for granted.
But a reliable and affordable internet connection was not one of them.
The last 17 years have changed that, though.
Access to affordable and reliable high-speed internet is literally what has allowed me to build my career, grow my network, start and grow my business.
Come Dec. 14, when the FCC votes to repeal net neutrality, all that might change. I don’t know for sure, of course – I mean, pigs might start flying, right? – but it’s highly highly highly likely.
Because once the FCC has given Big Broadband the green light to charge differently for access to different types of data and sites – which is what net neutrality reined in – we’re probably looking at higher prices at some point *and* less choice as to what we can access at that price.
If you haven’t yet made your voice heard, please do. Preferably today or tomorrow, and definitely before Dec. 14.
This link will take you to battleforthenet.com, where you can send a pre-written letter to Congress (change the text, if you like).
You can also plug your number in to get a pre-written script to make a call, and/or do lots more (including join tomorrow’s #BreaktheInternet protest).
Because if anything can stop this, it will be us speaking out: writing, calling, showing that we care.
Even if the Dec. 14 vote DOES go through, it’s important for us to make a noise now.
Because that will make our lawmakers think long and hard about the ballots they might cast in the future… because of the ballots we might cast in the future.