You can wait around for a Net Neutrality Bill that meets your standards or you can take action! What should you do? Use a network hub that anonymizes your internet traffic. If you want to fight against the disruption of Net Neutrality there is one tried and true method perfected - even if not pioneered - by the technology industry: it is Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Read on to learn how using the AMENDMENT1 creates Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt that can protect Net Neutrality.
Let's start with the basics and just make sure we are all on the same page. What is Net Neutrality? At the most basic level, this means that if a giant cable company (ahem, Comcast) or telephone company (ahem, AT&T and Verizon) also happened to own assets (like smaller companies), and those assets had competitors dependent on the core business of telecommunications, then cable and telephone companies should not be able to favor their assets with network policies. For instance, if Comcast felt threatened by "Cord Cutters" leaving cable entertainment for Netflix they could not punish or tax Netflix competition via data network policies.* According to the FCC, Net Neutrality regulations are a burden on society and they have implemented Internet Freedom by removing constraints from business. If that doesn't convince you, the FCC has a convenient "Myth vs. Fact" post that contains zero information (unless you want to download documents).
CognitiveMetropolis believes we should support efforts to engage in public discourse to try to affect change through our Senators and Representatives, both local and federal. However, we can all see that sometimes the pressure from business interests is too much for law makers to resist. Even though California has passed a new law supporting Net Neutrality, it is not Federal Law. Meanwhile, telecoms have already been slowing and diverting streaming traffic, according to new studies. As states try to grapple with regulatory changes, tech companies and telecoms are lobbying Congress for a Federal Law. The lesson is that this is not about your politics - it is about your freedom and you will have to take matters into your own hands if you want to protect Net Neutrality, your data, and Internet privacy.
The issue of Net Neutrality highlights why privacy and anonymity are such important rights for all citizens. To disrupt Net Neutrality - to discriminate in data services - it is critical for Internet Service Providers to know what is in a packet of data, where it is going, and where it originated. Think for just a minute - if an ISP could not be sure where data is going, who originally sent it, or what is contained within it, how could they possibly make decisions about what to do with it? Should it be blocked? Should a higher rate be charged? Should it be slowed down? Did it originate on our network or another?
The AMENDMENT1 removes identifying network data from your stream and creates a private, anonymous, encrypted connection to your services. AMENDMENT1 protects your activity and streaming preferences by acting as the WiFi hub and intercepting all traffic at the source - your devices! Telecoms, ISPs, and manufacturers (like the people who make your TV or Streaming Device) will not be able to discriminate or monitor your traffic. If the providers monitoring your traffic can't determine where it originated, or where it is going, or who requested it they will experience fear, uncertainty, and doubt. The fear would be that an unknown number of connections were escaping purview; an uncertain number of ISP customers might be participating in forwarding data for other customers; there would be widespread doubt that any private home customers would actually be affected by discriminatory data policies.
The AMENDMENT1 will you keep your Internet of Things devices from reporting where you are located and what you are watching and how much you are consuming through your WiFi connection. Your internet and data privacy now have a practical value - they prevent Internet Service Providers from knowing which services and sites you will pay more to visit! Use the AMENDMENT1 to fight for Net Neutrality, your data and Internet privacy.
*The Net Neutrality Debate conveniently ignores (for the most part) any discussion of the complex nature of public utilities and legislative oversight, which is at the core of the matter and the "Title II" FCC actions. In short, utilities are public services owned by the public for the public as an investment too daunting for private industry to undertake. Are telecommunication companies a public good? Should AT&T have been broken up via Antitrust in 1982? Should telecom firms be regulated as public goods? Without trying to answer explicitly, what if a compromise were proposed: Private companies are free to set their own network rules in exchange for all public subsidies to telecommunications firms instead being put toward free public municipal WiFi?