Earlier this month, we wrote this blog post that shared an unbiased view of the Net Neutrality Debate so that you could get a clear picture of what this debate involves without any kind of slant.
(Don’t know what “Net Neutrality” means? Get up to speed by reading this post or watching the video below.)
So, now that you’re all caught up, we want to explain why Ghost Path is 100% for Net Neutrality (a viewpoint that most internet users and small businesses share).
In a recent statement, Jim Lastinger, founder of GhostPath, explained the importance of net neutrality: “Net neutrality is absolutely vital to the continued growth of the internet, as well as the people and companies that rely on it. The United States is falling behind countries such as Brazil, who recently enacted an internet bill of rights that guarantees both net neutrality and privacy rights. We cannot afford to fall further behind and be at the mercy of giant telecoms. A permanent ruling from the FCC supporting neutrality is our best chance to insure that innovation is able to continue.”
Below are the top 5 reasons why GhostPath is completely and totally in support of keeping the Internet free and open for everyone:
Freedom of Speech – We believe that the Internet should be a free and open technology without any kind of bias or unjust favoritism. Without net neutrality, gatekeepers could re-route, impede or even stop the flow of web traffic as they see fit. Not cool.
Ideas & Innovation – The Internet is behind countless ideas and endless innovation, and we feel this creativity should not be stifled. “Net Neutrality safeguards everyone’s fundamental right to an open Internet, making it possible for one person’s good idea to blossom into the next big business or, even, a movement of millions.” (Source: Save The Internet)
Economic Recovery – “The Internet has thrived and revolutionized business and the economy precisely because it started as an open technology”, and “Obama and Congress also recognized that the economy cannot benefit by building a closed Internet”. (Source: Save The Internet)
Conflicts of Interest – If network providers are able to restrict information, the temptation to inhibit competitors will be too tempting to pass up. This means that depending on what service provider you use, you could be restricted or even penalized by accessing data that is not provided by or affiliated with your ISP.
It’s Discriminatory – With Net Neutrality, we have control over our Internet experience. However, without it, service providers could charge extra or slow down your connection depending on what you’re doing online and what sites you’re visiting. This is discrimination and completely compromises the democratic nature of the Internet.
Do you support Net Neutrality, too?
Sign the petition (we did!) to show your support and keep the Internet FREE and OPEN!