Net neutrality and the death of the gatekeepers

I am an artist, graphic designer, illustrator and writer. I conduct and promote my business online. I connect with friends, family, coworkers, collaborators and customers online. A neutral Internet has destroyed the gate keepers. Now more than ever, any American citizen has access to the public. Race, gender, social class, etc. no longer matter. The only thing that matters is whether the public is interested in what you're creating. Allowing huge faceless companies better access to a faster Internet whilst throttling the Everyman's speed is throttled is counterintuitive to the American dream and dangerous.

It is not outside of the realm of possibility to imagine a world very soon where American citizens are not allowed to speak their mind if their opinion runs counter to giant corporate conglomerates who have a better access to the Internet than the average citizen. The following is a quote from battleforthenet.com. Go to this site and help.

Net neutrality is the First Amendment of the Internet, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data equally. As an Internet user, net neutrality is vitally important to me. The FCC should use its Title II authority to protect it.

Most Americans have only one choice for truly high speed Internet: their local cable company. This is a political failure, and it is an embarrassment. America deserves competition and choice.

Without net neutrality, a bad situation gets even worse. These ISPs will now be able to manipulate our Internet experience by speeding up some services and slowing down others. That kills choice, diversity, and quality.

It also causes tremendous economic harm. If ISPs can speed up favored services and slow others, new businesses will no longer be able to rely on a level playing field. When ISPs can slow your site and destroy your business at will, how can any startup attract investors?

My friends, family, and I use the Internet for conversation and fun, but also for work and business. When you let ISPs mess with our Internet experience, you are attacking our social lives, our entertainment, and our economic well being. We won't stand for it.

ISPs are opposing Title II so that they can destroy the FCC's net neutrality rules in court. This is the same trick they pulled last time. Please, let's not be fooled again. Title II is the strong, legally sound way to enforce net neutrality. Use it.