You may have heard recently about something called net neutrality and be wondering what the heck it is.  Well allow me to answer those questions for you.  I know this isn’t specifically about LEGO, but it’s important nonetheless.

  • What is net neutrality?
    • Net neutrality is a very important set of rules applied to all internet providers that the previous FCC implemented in 2015.  It is a consumer protection mechanism that guarantees your ISP can’t block or throttle your legitimate internet traffic or receive payment to prioritize someone else’s traffic over yours.  It also provides a mechanism for internet consumers like you and me to file complaints if we feel we are being treated unfairly.  These are important rules to have because broadband internet service in many areas exists as a regional monopoly.
  • What net neutrality IS NOT (I cannot stress this enough):
    • An “attack on the internet.”
    • A “top-down power grab” by the previous president.
    • Obamacare for the internet.
  • Why should I care about net neutrality?
    • Without net neutrality, your ISP would be able to pick and choose which sites and services you can access over their network.  Do you like Netflix, Hulu, or other streaming video?  Too bad.  It competes too well with your ISP’s premium (read expensive $$$) cable TV and on demand options.  Do you like buying or selling LEGO parts on Bricklink, eBay, or any other alternative online marketplace?  That’s unfortunate, because LEGO could pay to drown out traffic to those websites and prioritize traffic to their own.  Are you reading this website right now?  Aww, I’m sorry.  FortLUG makes little to no money, so we’re gonna be stuck in the slow lane.
  • What can I do to show my support for net neutrality?