What is net neutrality?:
Net neutrality is an Obama era regulation that insures that ISPs (internet service providers) treat all data the same. Without net neutrality, ISPs can slow down certain websites, make you pay for the right to visit a website, or even block the website all together. Before net neutrality ISPs were known to slow down streaming services, like Netflix or Youtube, in order to decrease the resolution making sure you would stick to cable tv. If the FCC is successful, things will revert back to that if not worse; they could sell websites like channel packs. Meaning if you want full access to the internet your bill could cost hundreds of dollars.
What can you do?:
Sadly it may be too late to save the internet. Congress has very little control of the FCC and only the president can control it. This means while you can try to call your congressman, they have very little power to stop it. The only people that can save the internet now are the FCC chairman and President Donald Trump; sadly both strongly support net neutrality repeal. At the very least, it's worth a shot call your congressman. I've included a link to a website that should help you.
Alternatives to current internet structure:
Now we know what net neutrality is and that it's probably doomed, what do we do? There's a host of solutions but the most achievable is a solution called the mesh network. All that ISPs do is connect your computer or phone with big computers called servers through cables in the ground. What if we did that ourselves, connecting ourselves to each other and the servers over the air instead of through the ISPs wires, cutting them out of the equation? This technology already exists and has for about a decade. All you have to do is download and join up: https://commotionwireless.net/. However, currently the mesh network is not big enough to be much use, but if net neutrality is repealed then it might be your only choice and it should rapidly grow. Detroit already has a functioning model supplying free open internet to thousands.
Story by Franklin Bester-Sproul
“Commotion Wireless.” Commotion Wireless, commotionwireless.net/.
Filippi, Primavera De. “It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (And Not Just for the Reasons You Think).” Wired, Conde Nast, 3 June 2017, www.wired.com/2014/01/its-time-to-take-mesh-networks-seriously-and-not-just-for-the-reasons-you-think/.
Press, Free. “Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now.” Free Press, www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now.