Why Net Neutrality and an Open Internet Matter
As a company aware of the possibilities and potential of the cloud, Cloudability supports the Battle for the Net. An open internet empowers access to all its information, inspiring people to build new value for customers, innovate and grow.
Eliminating Net Neutrality goes against this open access and threatens not only the sharing of information, but also the sharing of ideas and potential growth of our industry and economy. Creating an environment where for-profit companies control how information is accessed hampers competitiveness and adds complexity to innovation and economic growth.
Why Do We Need Net Neutrality?
The FCC plans to repeal Net Neutrality rules (currently residing in Title II of the Communications Act) which threatens the open internet.
The folks at Vimeo answer this question best. Check out this short video:
Without Net Neutrality protections, big telecom companies could potentially censor content, paywall for premium access (even if you have a super fast connection) or hinder open internet access for the sake of profit. Imagine paying a premium to bypass these “paywalls,” else watch your cat video or live stream at a snail’s pace… or, not being able to access cat videos at all!
We Asked Our Employees Why Net Neutrality Matters
Not only does Net Neutrality matter from a business level, but it greatly impacts our communities as well. Our own employees chime in on why Net Neutrality matters to them:
“[There’s] a fundamental lack of trust in ISPs acting in a consumer-first way.”
“Are government sites on the “fast lane” or will we pay extra for the “citizen package”?”
“Free speech needs an unfettered arena to flourish.”
“Obstructing the free flow of information, ideas and expression for corporate gain is wrong.”
“Don’t slow down my cat vids!”
How You or Your Company Can Take Action
Join the many companies around the world supporting the protections around an open internet. You can take part by joining the cause and spreading word about what’s at stake if we lose Net Neutrality. Contact the FCC today and make your voice(s) heard.