In response to the Internet Slowdown Day and the FCC’s upcoming decision over “Net Neutrality” policies, I have sent the following letter, using the EFF’s Dear FCC website. If you care about access to information and the public good, I urge you to do the same.
I’m Sherrard Ewing and I live in Seattle, WA.Net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data that travels over their networks equally, is important to me because without it users may have fewer options and a less diverse Internet.A pay-to-play Internet worries me because ISPs could act as the gatekeepers to their subscribers.The Internet is important to me because, as an information professional, I need to know that there will not be barriers to entry for the new ideas and services that I hope to bring to the marketplace. ISPs are common carriers of data packets on the internet, regardless of their source. Access to information should not be blocked or slowed for the sake of excessive profit maximization or financial disagreements beyond the user’s control. The Internet was created with the express purpose of circumventing these information distribution problems. Net neutrality is especially important since most markets are monopolized by a single ISP, leaving users with little recourse.
Please treat ISPs as the common carriers that they are. Thank you for your time.