Currently, when you access the internet on your phone, tablet or computer, you get to view websites and watch video at pretty much the same speed everyone else does. You may pay for a faster download speed from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) but no matter what site you go to, your ISP treats them all the same. That is called Net Neutrality. Everyone gets the same treatment.
Here’s the issue: The FCC, based on lobbying by companies like Comcast, AT&T and others that provide internet services, has said it would create new “fast lanes” for websites that pay them more money. That means Comcast will give faster access to companies that pay them money to put them in the “fast lane.” Consumers will probably not be able to pay for this “fast lane.” Companies like Netflix will pay. Business Insider has a great explanation of this.
What you can do
If you think adding fast lanes for those who can pay is unfair, there are several ways to have your voice be heard. Check out this post at “SavetheInternet.com” for steps you can take. I think the best step is to write to the FCC as they are taking comments for a few more weeks. Other options on this link include signing a petition and calling Congress and/or the President.
To write the FCC, click here. Go to docket 14-28. It should be at the top. Fill in your name and email address. In the comments, say you want to keep the internet neutral and there should not be fast lanes for companies that pay more. Also, you can say that if the FCC classifies the ISP’s as Class II providers, then ISP’s will be treated like the phone companies where everyone has the same access.