My open letter to the FCC regarding Net Neutrality

As a web & mobile developer, my livelihood literally depends on the internet. I operate and maintain both my company’s and my own personal cloud servers and thoroughly understand the infrastructure of the internet. The proposed “slow & fast lanes” or as the cable companies have tried to disguise as “fast and hyper speed lanes” is a fundamental shift towards an internet that will suppress uniquely open and level playing field that is the current internet. The cable companies want to fix something that is NOT broken. (With the exception of the avg. US broadband speed being below other countries, which just should not be the case. And that, is the direct result of these companies not having to compete to stay relevant in the market.)

I have been a customer of both Comcast & AT&T, the only internet providers in the Nashville area. Both have their problems and both generally treat customers poorly because they know that they are the only two options available. As a customer of Comcast, I often experienced bandwidth throttling whenever I utilized certain services or internet protocols. As an example, I paid Comcast for 25Mbps, but if I used the Bit Torrent protocol to transfer files my connection would slow to around 2.5Kbps!

Now Comcast would say that Bit Torrent is solely used for piracy, and while that is a use for the technology; Bit Torrent is simply a file transfer protocol. My team of developers use this technology to rapidly share and update large projects and file assets that would take much longer to send using older technologies. Comcast should not be allowed to police the internet, that is not their job nor their right.
I pay them as a provider of internet access, how I choose to use the internet should be decided by myself, not Comcast and their ilk!

Net neutrality is the First Amendment of the Internet, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data equally. As an Internet user, net neutrality is vitally important to me. The FCC should use its Title II authority to protect it.

Most Americans have only one choice for truly high speed Internet: their local cable company. This is a political failure, and it is an embarrassment. America deserves competition and choice.

Without net neutrality, a bad situation gets even worse. These ISPs will now be able to manipulate our Internet experience by speeding up some services and slowing down others. That kills choice, diversity, and quality.

It also causes tremendous economic harm. If ISPs can speed up favored services and slow others, new businesses will no longer be able to rely on a level playing field. When ISPs can slow your site and destroy your business at will, how can any startup attract investors?

My friends, family, and I use the Internet for conversation and fun, but also for work and business. When you let ISPs mess with our Internet experience, you are attacking our social lives, our entertainment, and our economic well being. We won’t stand for it.

ISPs are opposing Title II so that they can destroy the FCC’s net neutrality rules in court. This is the same trick they pulled last time. Please, let’s not be fooled again. Title II is the strong, legally sound way to enforce net neutrality. Use it.


Now to lighten the mood, I leave it to John Oliver to give us a laugh while driving home the truth of the matter.

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