The FCC’s Open Internet Rules (net neutrality rules) are the pillar of an open and accessible Internet for all. Net neutrality means that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) cannot discriminate packets based on their contents. Every packet must be treated equally (as long as the content is legal).
Ajit Varadaraj Pai, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has written a proposal that would eliminate net neutrality. On May 18, 2017 the FCC voted to move forward with the proposal.
The removal of the rules would open the door for either cable-like packages (think Facebook channel, YouTube channel) or a tiered information highway. The fast lane would be reserved for the rich (Amazons of the world, Oil companies), while the rest of the websites would be relegated to a slow lane.
If the ISPs package Internet access like cable channels, LPPFusion will be excluded. Depending on how “non-packaged” content is billed, such a situation would drastically curtail our visibility in the United States. We will be excluded or stuck in the slow lane. We and other small businesses can’t afford a spending competition with Big Oil and other multi-million dollar corporations.
Now, we need to raise our voices. On September 10, 2014 the internet slowdown successfully pressured the government and helped win net neutrality protections in the first place. So again today, let the FCC know that you want an Internet that places the interests of people over the interests of a handful of powerful ISPs.
As an R&D company rooted in scientific discovery our communications highly depend on unhindered access to online information. Maintaining net neutrality is a precondition for this.