Why Net Neutrality Matters to you and me

Thanks to the folks at On Pasture for reminding us that the recent developments in Washington D.C. impact folks like you.

The prospect of Net Neutrality going away, something the head of the Federal Communications Commission indicated would happen soon, is scary to folks like us at Cayuse Communications, a small business that educates and helps horse owners all around the world.

Writes Kathy and Rachel at On Pasture:

Thanks to Net Neutrality it’s easy to shop and find information on the internet. Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISP) must enable equal access to all content and applications regardless of the source, without

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favoring or blocking particular products or websites. Without it, Internet Service Providers could charge users more to see certain content and to curb access to some websites, creating a “fast lane” and “slow lane” for the internet. Websites, like On Pasture for example, could be charged for faster connections, and costs like that would either shut down some sites, or be passed on to users, like you, who really can’t afford to pay either. (For more, here’s a Forbes article on what repealing net neutrality could mean to all of us.)

Recent polls show that three-quarters of Americans support net neutrality because they like to control for themselves what they see and read and where they shop on the Internet. It’s even one of those rare issues where we don’t

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divide along party lines: 73% of Republicans and 81% of Democrats are in favor of net neutrality. Nevertheless, when the Federal Communications Commissioners meet on December 14, they are expected to vote to end it.

If you’d like to have a say in how they vote on your behalf, here are their email addresses:

Ajit Pai, Chairman. Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner. Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner. Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov
Brendan Carr, Commissioner. Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner. Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

So, happy gift giving and pardon our foray into politics. We just want to be sure we can be here for you well into the future.

Thanks for reading!

Kathy and Rachel