If you have been on the Internet in the last couple of years, you have heard about this thing called Net Neutrality. It actually came up as a significant issue a couple of years ago until the Unites States’ previous leadership, but it’s back and possibly worse than ever.
The interesting thing, non-online media did not cover it, probably because it did not directly affect their business model. In fact, it probably would help them. So websites like Netflix, Google, and Facebook decided to do radical things and go “dark” on a coordinated time and day to show Internet users how important this is.
We didn’t learn from our past and so we are back again. So a central website is trying to coordinate with big businesses as well as individuals on their site BattleForTheNet.com. Some of the websites currently joining in include Amazon, Netflix, Reddit, Dreamhost, Soundcloud, and Twitter. Here is what they promote on their homepage.
“The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them.”
I’m not going to use this website to sway you one way or the other on the issue, but what I would encourage you to do is to be informed. As church tech, we are a product of the digital age, whether you are 14 or 64, and this directly and greatly affects churches. We need to figure out where we stand on this issue and take a stand for our values.
So I’d love to hear your thoughts.