Net Neutrality Matters and Here's Why

As a tech company, we join with the countless others pressuring the FCC to maintain net neutrality.

The FCC’s latest proposal to eliminate net neutrality regulations is unfounded. We demand that the FCC does not follow through with its proposal to undo the 2015 net neutrality rules. We voice our opposition as consumers and users of the internet, and advocate for net neutrality on behalf of our users as well.

For those of you unfamiliar with net neutrality, ISPs (Internet Service Providers) want to restrict consumer internet access by blocking or slowing internet speeds and forcing consumers to pay for access to certain types of content and faster speeds. Right now, the rules of net neutrality prevent ISPs from pursuing such behavior, but this is subject to change if the FCC follows through with its proposal.

IA, the Internet Association, is an advocacy group that is fighting on the behalf of consumers and tech companies everywhere. They have filed a  38 page comment urging the FCC not to follow through with its proposal; an excerpt is below.

As SoundCloud artists, content creators, and consumers of the internet, it is crucial for us to stand against the FCC and the ISPs attempting to defraud us of a neutral internet. Without net neutrality, your streams will be slower, videos laggier, and your access will be limited. This is why net neutrality matters to all of us.

Writer: Garrett Gomez
Date: July 19, 2017