I started blogging about books in 2010 when I was seven. Now, for half of my life, I’ve written weekly about books online. I originally started on Tumblr because of the free platform and easy customization. Now, I blog on WordPress, where I pay a small annual fee for my own URL and more advanced customization options. Book Reviews by Ava is small- consisting of around 500 followers across all platforms (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and WordPress). Because of this, if the FCC repeals net neutrality, Book Reviews by Ava will likely be no more.
I am a full time high school student, so I do not make a steady income. Book Reviews by Ava is my passion project. I love blogging and I love the fact I can reach anyone in the world with my writing. Net neutrality makes sure I have an equal playing field to do so. Net neutrality is the simple idea that the internet is equal for all. This means all can access and create whatever content they wish. Without net neutrality, internet service providers (ISPs) such as Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast can charge fees to be able to look at certain websites or slow down websites that compete with their own.
Net neutrality protects everyone from start up companies like Etsy or Reddit to small book blogs like mine from predatory ISPs who will speed up or slow down our internet speed based on if we pay a fee. I will not be able to pay additional fees so that my blog loads at a competitive speed.
Not convinced that you should be worried? Check out this graphic from the Washington Post. In 2014, while Netflix and Comcast were in negotiation Netflix’s loading speeds plummeted on that network. In February 2014, Netflix loading speed shot back up. This proves companies will slow down the speed of competing websites if net neutrality is repealed.
It is a violation of our first amendment rights to repeal net neutrality regulations. What makes the internet so great is that it is open and equally accessible to everyone. Without equal access, free speech can be reserved for those who can pay.
If you’re alarmed by the FCC’s plans, good. Luckily, you can do something about it right now. Email or call your representative. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or create your own post. Educate yourself then educate your friends and family. Below, I’ve left helpful links and videos so you can make a difference.
Follow this link to send a letter to congress and call your representative.
Follow this link to file a comment with the FCC directly (click express)
Follow this link to a video of John Oliver explaining Net Neutrality in more detail.