What is Net Neutrality?

Why it is important?

Net neutrality means that you Internet provider can’t block or throttle content or charge a fee to content providers such as Netflix and Amazon. Very simply, net neutrality rules ensure that all Internet traffic travels freely in both directions.

What does it mean to you?

It means that when you access any content on the Internet, whether a website or streaming video or audio, there is no restriction on how fast it loads, and further, that you are not blocked from reaching any website or on-lone content.  Net neutrality rule could also protect you from higher fees from you favorite content providers.  If an ISP charges Netflix an extra fee to ensure that movies stream properly, it’s pretty likely that Netflix will pass that fee on to subscribers.

Why are we writing about this?

The net neutrality rules that went into effect during President Obama’s term are likely to be overturned this month by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  THIS WOULD BE BAD!

At OTELCO and OTELCO we are passionate about maintaining net neutrality, we’ve blogged about it, we’ve been published in the Portland Press Herald, and we’re doing all we can to let our legislators and the FCC know how we feel.

If you agree, we ask your help. Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), it’s simple.  EFF provides a prepared message that you can customize, and a portal that allows you to find your legislators by simply entering your street address and zip code.  If you prefer not to use the automated system, you can click through to an information page that will give you all the information you need to go it on your own.

And, for the record….
…. we have never engaged, nor will we ever, in blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization on our network. OTELCO and OTELCO are committed to open and equitable Internet access.

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