Net Neutrality is a hot topic that you’ve probably heard of, but might not fully understand. Net Neutrality has been the standard way of doing this since the dawn of the internet, but now, it’s at risk. The United States’ government, which generally sets the tone for the rest of the world online, is considering new laws that would remove net neutrality and change the internet forever.
And this could have huge implications for websites like modup.net. So, read on, learn about the threat to net neutrality, and how you can help to defend it.
What is Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality is the practice of treating all internet traffic equally, regardless of where it’s coming from or where it’s going. Whenever you go online and access a site, your computer first sends a packet to that site to request information. Then the site sends information back. This is why there’s a brief delay between when you type the name of a site into your browser and when the information actually appears.
Under current net neutrality rules, all those packets are treated the same. Your internet service provider (ISP) doesn’t slow one down, or speed up another.
However, new laws would allow companies to do just that.
Why killing net neutrality will change the internet
Let’s imagine a world without net neutrality. In this world, an ISP that disapproves of certain “adult content” would simply slow down your connection any time you tried to access it.
Then the ISP gets a call from Netflix. They say, “Hey, make sure our people get the fastest connection possible for our service.” The ISP asks for a payment in exchange for this little favor.
Now you pay for internet, but you also pay a little more for Netflix to make sure they can afford this bribery.
But it gets worse. Your favorite show is on Hulu, not Netflix. You should be able to watch it equally, but you notice it’s extremely slow. Barely 320p. Turns out Netflix also told your ISP not to give you full speed for any other streaming service.
Effectively there’s a bidding war to give you speed. You no longer have a choice. You get to access what the ISP decides, it’s no longer neutral.
Modafinil and net neutrality
So why do we care? Because once net neutrality is gone, governments can start influencing ISPs to do what they want. Other industries can pay ISPs to control your traffic. Imagine a big tobacco company telling ISPs to slow down traffic to sites that talk about the risks of smoking tobacco.
The pharmaceutical industry hates that we sell a product at a much cheaper price than they do. They would LOVE it if you couldn’t go online and buy modafinil. That’s how they retain control. And considering that big pharma spends more on lobbying in congress than almost any other group, you can bet that they’ll do the same with ISPs.
How you can fight for net neutrality
Right now the biggest threat to net neutrality is coming from the United States. Whether you are an American citizen or not you can help by signing petitions and writing congress. You can find out more about what you can do on Battleforthenet.com.
If asking congress won’t work, then perhaps breaking the internet will. On December 12th, numerous sites are planning to post up false popups that will scare the reader.
Without net neutrality, the internet’s role as the unregulated place of ultimate freedom is at risk. Do something about it.