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Net Neutrality - A Call to Arms

Hello Readers,

I am pleased to announce there are 500 of you now in this short time.  I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.  I am grateful for all of you and making this venture such a success.

Now it is time not to stay silent, you must bring up the conversation of Net Neutrality with everyone at your table.  If Millenials are not aware have them put down their cell phones for half an hour.  You see up until this point the internet was free to all.  If you chose to watch a movie on Netflix or a video on Youtube you were treated the same over the ISP's ( International Service Providers) such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner and others.

William I don't care this doesn't affect me?

Oh you  are wrong it does!  So your cell phone is through AT&T but now that AT&T is buying Time Warner if you want to watch a movie on TCM you are fine,  That same movie on Netflix takes 6 hours to load, buffers and is so slow you don't want to watch.  AT&T has a solution buy a package for higher speed to Netflix and everything goes back to normal except the $39.99 a month you are paying to access Netflix, Yahoo, ESPN and the Lifetime Movie Network.  You will be held captive depending on what you access what you watch and what websites you visit.

This also means the companies know what websites you visit, how often and what you do there.  So now they can market to those preferences.  Not only are you now paying for something that was free you also have to watch the advertising.

I don't care still not important.

What Church do you belong too?  What charities do you donate too?  What clubs have you joined, websites have you joined?  What news stations do you watch?  Without Net Neutrality websites that are meant to be totally free will either have to start charging you to allow you access or be put out of business.  Yes Comcast will now decide if you can watch the Baptist Choir or The Mormon Choir, or ISIS recruitment videos.  If the content of the videos is against their corporation the internet websites will be silenced.  This was brought up when companies started buying Broadcast Networks.  Famous example was when General Electric bought NBC.  People said do you think Dateline NBC will ever do a story again on defective GE light bulbs that cause Cancer, No!

That won't happen they would get sued.

It has already happened.  The Madison River Communications company was fined US$15,000 by the FCC, in 2004, for restricting their customers' access to Vonage, which was rivaling their own services.  Last July 2017, Verizon was accused of "Throttling" (term used to mean deliberate slowing) after users noticed that videos played on Netflix and YouTube were slower than normal, although Verizon said that it was conducting "network testing" and that net neutrality rules permit "reasonable network management practices.  So yes the minute the law is repealed by Donald Trump There is nothing to stop these companies from doing this again.

If Net Neutrality changes, I doubt you will have access to this free website any longer.  Large powerful companies do not want you to understand how Wall Street functions, how financial markets work, knowledge about Real Estate, so that you as an uniformed consumer can continue to be taken advantage of by them.  

I urge you in the next few days to call your Senators and Congressmen and tell them you do not want this law repealed!


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