10 Reasons Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality


Net Neutrality Protects Free Speech

Protesters hold a rally to urge the FCC to reject a proposal allowing ISPs to create last-mile fast lanes. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

This is a really important reason why you should care about net neutrality. The internet, as it exists today, is an open forum for free speech and freedom of expression. Websites publishing both popular and unpopular viewpoints are treated equally in terms of how their data gets from servers to screens.

If the FCC allows internet service providers (ISPs) to charge extra money for access to internet last-mile fast lanes, the playing field of free speech is no longer equal. Those with the money to pay for special treatment could broadcast their opinions more quickly and more smoothly than their opponents. Those without as many resources — activists, artists and political outsiders — could be relegated to the internet slow lane [source: van Schewick].

If you had to choose between watching a sharp full-screen HD video broadcast or a clunking, buffering, blurry clip, which would you pick?