Week 49 – Seriously, Save the Internet
I don’t have that much to say this week. I finished Chapter 7 of Soulsnatcher on time by the skin of my teeth, so yay! Three months with no missed updates! Work has started on Silent InvenTOYry Episode 06. There’s something I still need for this episode that likely won’t be here until Saturday at the earliest, but I’m doing all I can in the meantime. Shattered Skies Chapter 31 is coming along slowly but surely, and my various other projects are proceeding as normal.
I’m going to use most of the rest of this week’s Report to do my civic duty and repost information regarding Net Neutrality, what it is, why you should care, and how to stop it from being revoked. I’m begging everyone who reads this, if you care about me or my work in the least, please do everything you can to fight to maintain and enforce the current rules. This is not hyperbole: if Title II Net Neutrality rules are revoked, I will no longer be able to post ANYTHING, anywhere. There will be no way for me to afford the extra cost of putting up my writing, artwork, videos, or anything else if Ajit Pai’s repeal plans go through. If I can’t afford to go online, I can’t produce content, which means I can’t get paid via Patreon, YouTube, PayPal, or any other source of online income. My business, my leisure, my relationship with my best friends, and my entire social life in general all depend on a free and open Internet.
So, what can you do?
Allow me to copy-paste a helpful post that’s been circulating on Tumblr:
Imagine paying $40 extra a month for Tumblr
That’s what is going to happen if we let Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman, go through with repealing Title II (AKA Net Neutrality).
Simply put, without Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T will be able to “bundle” websites much like cable ON TOP OF paying for internet connection. “Want access to Netflix AND Tumblr? Get the Entertainment Package! $40 a month. What about Amazon and Ebay? Add an extra $20 a month to get the Shopping Package.”
Not only will they be able to bundle websites and charge more, they will also be able to censor and block websites that they don’t agree with entirely.
THIS WILL BE THE END OF INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT.
For business owners, it will be even worse. Ex: Comcast will ask Amazon to pay high fees to be available in a low-cost package, fees that websites like Poshmark or Etsy will not be able to pay. Therefore, only Fortune 500’s will be available to web users at a low cost. Say goodbye to Etsy (unless you’re willing to shell out $70 a month for the “All-Inclusive” package).
To learn about Net Neutrality, why it’s important, and/or want tools to help you fight for Net Neutrality, visit BattleForTheNet (https://www.battleforthenet.com)
There are five people deciding the future of the internet, three men (Rep) and two women (Dem). The two women have come out as No votes. We need only to convince ONE of the other members to flip to a NO vote to save Net Neutrality.
There are many ways you can help:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE A LAZY TUMBLR USER WITH ANXIETY WHO TRIES TO HELP WITH JUST REBLOGS / LIKES:
Here are 2 petitions to sign, one international and one exclusively US.
(After you sign make sure to verify via email, it may take up to 30 mins to receive the email).
Text “resist” to 504-09. It’s a bot that will send a formal email, fax, and letter to your representatives. It also finds your representatives for you. All you have to do is text it and it holds your hand the whole way.
HERE ARE MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:
These are the emails of the 5 people on the FCC roster.
Blow up their inboxes!
Ajit Pai – Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Mignon Clyburn – Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Michael O’Rielly – Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov
Brendan Carr – Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
Jessica Rosenworcel – Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
You can support groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU and Free Press who are fighting to keep Net Neutrality:
Set them as your charity on Amazon Smile here (https://smile.amazon.com/)
Write to your House Representative here
Write to the FCC here (https://www.fcc.gov/about/contact)
Add a comment to the repeal here (https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108&sort=date_disseminated,DESC)
Here’s an easier URL you can use thanks to John Oliver (http://www.gofccyourself.com)
Also check this out, which was made by the EFF and is a low transaction cost tool for writing all your reps in one fell swoop.
Most importantly, VOTE. This should not be something that is so clearly split between the political parties as it affects all Americans, but unfortunately it is.
PLEASE HELP SAVE OUR INTERNET!
Keep fighting, and don’t let up until the plans to kill Net Neutrality are dead and buried for good.
- Tasakeru Book III: Soulsnatcher, Chapter 7: COMPLETE!
- Tasakeru Patreon: 3 Patrons
- Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
- Shattered Skies, Chapter 31: 8 pages done
- Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 2: 9 pages done
- Silent InvenTOYry Episode 6: ~5% done