What do you use the Internet for? If you use the Internet for preying on young women and defenseless children, that should be scratched off the list. But do you use the Internet for banking? Do you use it for applying for jobs? Filling out doctor forms? Securing appointments? Adding to a google calendar? If you don’t stand with us and demand that the FCC end its proposed slashing of net neutrality rules, Trenton and I and countless other poor and disenfranchised individuals, homes with poorer couples living there, etc., could be thrown off the information age. It is a step backward to the 1800s, when print was the norm and blind people were excluded. Braille was invented so the BLind could read, but Comcast and other ISP’s could block WebBraille and Bard as well as other blindness related sites such as RS Games, Quetin C.’s Playroom, and many other sites related to the disabled community from viewing if net neutrality is thrown away. If I have to cut my Comcast internet and stay with cable and phone, I will. And even more, we will fly to D.C. and make an appointment to meet with someone in Congress who can demand the FCC reverse its ruling, override the policy, or tell the FCC to either back off our internets or risk losing their own. We need to teach the FCC a lesson about what it’s like not to have the Internet free and open.
Suppose Comcast says they don’t like the NFB Net sites. If Net Neutrality were put in place as is now, they can’t block it. Most websites would have to pay ISP’s to get in the fast lane, and I’m not one who can pay an ISP for a tiny website like mine. My blog could be blocked by government buttheads who want to regulate it, sure, but Comcast? I’ve been a loyal customer for years. I don’t appreciate when things go wrong. The slow lane and fast lane approach is a bad idea.
So what can we do about it? If you haven’t already, make an appointment or call your Congresswoman or Congressperson at all. I went through many voicemails, most of them full, and called my local decision maker. I’m happy Diana DeGette still does her job. She’s the best!
Anyway, if you use the Internet as a low income blind person, you need to contact your Congressman or person in authority and tell the FCC to abandon their plan. If they don’t, they will lose themselves a loyal Comcast customer, and I’ll be screaming from the tops of Capitol Hill, worse of all, maybe even yodeling, and I will have to say I’m a little old lady who … wants her Internet never to slow down and be heavily controlled by the buttheads in ISP’s. Thank you for your support of Net Neutrality. We must win, at all.