Learn about Net Neutrality and then DO something about it (UPDATED)

Do you know what Net Neutrality is?

It's the idea that all data on a network is treated equally. In the web world, that means that all information transmitted over the Interwebs are given the same treatment: whether it's Facebook, Netflix or pr0n. In a neutral environment, the ISPs can't monitor traffic for say, P2P activity, and throttle it in particular. They have to treat all data and traffic the same.

I used to work for a company that had a tool to dynamically manage bandwidth usage on their servers. Years after the product became owned by a spin-off, it was licensed for use by Bell Canada and other local ISPs. Even back then, I knew it was only a matter of time before people realized throttling was going on by ISPs and it started affecting the general population — not just high volume downloaders.

Why should you care?

Because the CRTC just approved usage-based billing for ISPs that deliver residential Internet access. That means, that not only are you going to pay a fee to get the Interwebs at home, now they are free to charge you for how much Interwebs you use, and that's only a step away from charging you based on what you download/access.

Get informed.

Here are some resources:

Then do something.

Found any additional resources? Leave a link in the comments!


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