|Net Neutrality = Neuter the Gatekeepers|
The FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal Is Out: It's Time to Make Our Voices Heard: 'via Blog this'
Net Neutrality on Wikipedia
This is a more complex topic than I thought going in and after reading arguments on both sides I feel incompetent to make my own with cogent logic. So I admit flat out that I'm taking my stand on gut feeling.
Just based on the lists of proponents and opponents to Net Neutrality legislation and regulation I would have to choose the proponents to stand with as I respect the range of philosophies and political affiliations of most of the names I recognize whereas I cringe at most of the names I see on the opponents list. Some of whom I know think library users are freeloaders and would consider me a parasite for needing tax payer support and like to talk about boot strapping yet are now advocating for having those bootstraps cut just as I'm about to lift myself up by them.
A partial list of proponents and opponents is in the Wikipedia article.
I find the idea of an ISPs ability to discriminate data transmission based on ability to pay a downright deathknell to the inde startup entrepreneurs like I'm hoping to be. That they have and thus could be allowed to use the technology to decide how fast data between my business sites and my customers and clients can move based on whether I can afford to compete with billionaire corporations able to pay for premium service that provides their data cutting edge speed makes me alarmed that my prospects for success have been neutralized.
Even more alarming is the ISP capability of censoring data according to content or the application it was created by and for. Audio Visual, including VOIP, being slow-streamed for non-premium customers for example. I imagine with horror what that could mean for my vid chats on Google and Skype with Ed or the book trailers for my self-pub ebooks.
What if they can discover the political or religious views contained in the data and censor it according to their own preferences?
And there have already been attempts by ISP to redirect traffic to a premium client from their competitors.
What would all this mean for the non-profit organizations?