Over the past three decades the internet has become the main, if not, the only source of information for many people globally. A plethora of invaluable information, insights, and insults reverberate across the World Wide Web, where billions of individuals with non-mainstream convictions and concerns can communicate and converse with others at will. Just think about the abundance of information people are currently able to acquire and share over the internet. Every day email boxes are filled to the brim with comments and insights rarely, if ever acknowledged on the news.
Fortunately, real news that impacts the lives and promotes the opinions of the general population can readily be found via the internet. Thanks to net neutrality, all information and email is considered neutral and is therefore given equal treatment. No corporations or companies can determine which emails, or what information is allowed or denied on line where communication is free and open to all, at any time.
However, this could all come to an end very soon. Major corporations are currently attempting to put an end to this system of internet justice. And what a coup this would be … because whoever controls the dissemination of information is in the position to control the population. More often than not, mainstream media serves as the mouthpiece of corporate America, promoting the views of materialism, imperialism and globalization, often at the expense, or to the detriment of the general public. So it’s no wonder that major corporations are attempting to control and limit the public’s access to the diverse sources of information streaming across the web.
For example, can you recall ever hearing any major network news broadcast about the current corporate movement to destroy net neutrality? Yet corporations attempt to eliminate our free access to the diverse perspectives and forms of information available on line. Although the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has decided to basically play possum on this issue, there are some non-profit organizations poised to tackle this problem head on.
Oakland, California is home to two of these organizations. Media Alliance, headed by Executive Director Tracy Rosenberg and The Center for Media Justice, headed by Executive Director Malkia Cyril, are two organizations working tirelessly to maintain justice in the media. In addition to a myriad of other critical issues they address, both organizations are working to maintain a fair and open internet for us all. In collaboration with other national organizations, like The Color of Change.org, they are sounding the alarm to keep the internet impartial (neutral) and available to all people, at all times.
Ideally, all information and correspondences on the internet should be viewed equally. Irrespective of origin (who) or content (what), people should be able to communicate and exchange ideas free of charge. Without net neutrality, this could all come to an end. Corporations will be able to charge for information access and/or simply deny information access to whomever they choose, however, and whenever they choose to do so. Cable companies have already begun to charge discriminatory rates for discriminatory service. Bottom line – the more ones pays, the faster one will receive access to their internet content. Likewise, those who pay a lower (affordable) rate will experience slower connectivity and slower service. So much for liberty and justice for all. From classism, to racism, sexism, ageism, and weightism … now “netism.” Soon we’ll all be getting “screwed” fiber-optically.