10 Reasons Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

People demonstrate for net neutrality outside a fundraiser in Bel-Air, Calif. attended by President Barack Obama in May 2014. See Internet connection pictures. David McNew/Getty Images

You've probably seen lots of stories about net neutrality lately, and like any reasonable person, you've ignored them completely. That's because "net" and "neutrality," as comedian and TV host John Oliver rightly described them, are two of the most boring words in the English language. Put them together and the combination is more yawn-inducing than two Ambien and a warm mug of milk.

But the annoying truth is that you should care about net neutrality. The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is about to rewrite the rules that keep the Internet free and open. If you care about any of the following freedoms, then you should care about preserving net neutrality:

  • Freedom from monopolies
  • Freedom to start a business and compete on a level playing field
  • Freedom of online speech
  • Freedom to visit any Website you want at the fastest browsing speed

If you're still not convinced, we've assembled a not-boring-at-all list of the 10 reasons you should care about net neutrality. No coffee needed to read this!