That thing in your pocket – you know; the rectangular one? The one that helps you Facetime grandma or read what your crazy friend has to say on Facebook or that you can’t live without on a long flight because HELLO! Stranger Things Season 2 is out and you’re somehow only 2 episodes in!
Something really, really messed up is about it to happen to it.
First, think about all the times it works well: When you’re connected to the internet and you forgot to print your boarding pass and then… “Oh yeah, I can just download the app and enter in my reservation confirmation that’s sitting in my inbox. Easy.”
Or remember the time when you remembered at the last second its Dad’s birthday? How happy was he to hear you and your daughter sing to him? Remember the look on his face?
Of course there was that horrible hurricane. And you were FREAKING OUT because you know your sister lives RIGHT near there in Florida and…oh thank god, she checked in on Facebook that she’s ok, just without service for a bit.
Now think about the times when it doesn’t work so well.
UGH, the file is too big but I have to send this stupid thing for work and WHY CAN’T THIS WORK WHEN I NEED IT TO?
Or CRAP, no connection so Facetime won’t work. I guess we’ll just have to connect later and say “Happy belated” (if I remember) even though I TOTALLY am NOT late, my stupid phone just doesn’t work.
What about that AMAZING playlist. The one that ALWAYS helps you with anxiety on a flight. Just fire up Spotify and download it and…shit. One bar. No sleep on this flight and my presentation tomorrow is SCREWED.
Welcome to life with one bar. Always.
This is what the FCC wants to do with their repeal of the net neutrality laws. They want to give you one bar.
…but not for everything.
Only on stuff that you use a TON, that you LOVE, but that doesn’t happen to jive with your internet company’s bottom line.
You know, the same internet company that manages to raise your bill every month for no reason. The one that provides you download speeds slower than ANY OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD for
MORE MONEY than ANY OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
Think about that: you pay to have internet service provided to you, but instead of just providing the already over-priced, over-throttled service they now
tell you what and how you can use it and can charge you more for the privilege.
Imagine if you did that with your business, how fast would you lose customers? They could choose another provider so easily.
Luckily our internet providers don’t have that problem – you’re basically choosing between mediocre and fine because they’ve already lobbied to make sure we don’t have a choice.
Now, very soon, they’re going to get to decide how much Facebook you get to go on, how much Spotify you get to listen to, or heck, maybe they’ll charge you more to use Facetime.
Sound ludicrous and moronic? It is.
It’s pretty insane to think that you could possibly be charged more money to use apps that you love. Or that they can limit the amount of time you spend streaming your online college course that you’ve already paid kind of a lot for because you’re trying to get a job so finally your kid can go to a decent school.
It’s insane to think about what life would be like always having one bar.
I don’t want to be told what to do, what service is best for me, or get charged even more money for even WORSE service.
I want an open and free internet.
If you do too you can take 2 really easy steps you can do in 3 minutes:
- Write to Congress (just fill out your name and address)
- Share that link to as many people as you can. Use this post if it helps you do so.
That’s it – but you have less than 48 hours.
If you’re feeling heroic you can also call congress (they’ll show you how after you follow step 1 above).
Just do one that one thing to avoid having one bar on all your favorite apps.
Your grandma and I thank you.
p.s. The current FCC chairman was a lawyer for Verizon for years.