On July 12, 2017, the Internet will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. Companies such as Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter will be joining the fight to defend Internet freedom. FlashRouters is glad to do its part in making sure this message is spread.
From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, time and time again the Internet stops censorship and corruption. And it’s not just the US going after similar legislation and privacy protections. In the last few weeks, there have been rumblings out of the UK and efforts to block privacy services in Egypt.
How To Protect From Net Neutrality Rollbacks?
It may be hard for net neutrality to last forever. This is due to the absurd amount of money to be made by regulating packets and bandwidth. However, if these big cable companies win over the FCC, we can offer you a potential network-wide solution.
FlashRouters offers a wide variety of network securing wireless router options that support a myriad of VPN providers that will help you fight back against the end of net neutrality.
A VPN can help encrypt your Internet traffic so that your ISPs will not be able to follow your activity. This will prevent your ISP from being throttled because of the content or website that you are using.
Not sure where to begin, try our handy 5 question Open Source Router Finder!
What is Net Neutrality?
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should not control what we see and do online. On February 26, 2016, the FCC ruled in favor of net neutrality and stated that no one – whether government or corporate – should control free open access to the internet.
Some of these Internet service providers (ISPs), such as Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T want to put an end to net neutrality. These ISPs are lobbying the Federal Communications Commission and Congress.
If the ISPs succeed, the FCC will give these companies control over what everyone can see and do on the Internet. The FCC will have the power to slow down or block websites. They may also charge websites extra fees to reach an audience.
The Internet will eventually become a place where many of our favorite websites will be forced into a “slow lane.” This will happen because only wealthier companies who can afford “prioritization” fees will have special “fast lane” access to internet users.
As of now, many cable companies charge and throttle Netflix because they offer the same content as their own proprietary streaming services.
This problem could be widespread if the FCC chooses the put an end to net neutrality. So stay aware and stay vigilant and let July 12 be the beginning of us taking action against net neutrality restrictions!