By Timothy Vollmer
Creative Commons and dozens of the world’s largest web platforms are joining countless internet users and online communities to take action in support of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should treat all online data the same, and not discriminate or charge different amounts for different audiences.
There are over 1 billion CC-licensed works online, shared freely with anyone with access to the internet. The majority of these works are hosted on content platforms such as Wikipedia, YouTube, Internet Archive, Flickr, and Vimeo. What if you couldn’t access your favorite works because your ISP wants you to see instead content they’re getting paid to promote? What if the video that you created and uploaded online is slowed so others can’t watch it? We know that Creative Commons licensing is only one factor in a healthy open internet ecosystem. A strong digital commons requires universal access to basic digital infrastructure, and enforceable rules that promote fair competition and freedom of information.
In the United States net neutrality is under attack. Even with massive public pushback, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai wants to reel in the net neutrality rules put in place in 2015. If Pai’s proposed changes are adopted, the FCC will give companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T increased control over what users can see and do on the internet, with the power to slow down or block websites and charge apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience.
Today the internet comes together to support and protect net neutrality. Learn more and join the action here: https://www.battleforthenet.com/.
This piece was originally published on creativecommons.org.