July 12th Black Out #Netneutrality

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The internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the internet. Unlike the open internet that has paved the way for so much innovation and given a platform to people who have historically been shut out, and to activists worldwide it would become a closed-down network where cable and phone companies call the shots and decide which websites, content or applications succeed. Net neutrality is the principle that individuals should be free to access all content and applications equally, regardless of the source, without Internet Service Providers discriminating against specific online services or websites.

Without Net Neutrality, how would activists be able to fight against oppression? What would happen to social movements. Our ability to get information out and mobilize is put in jeopardy as it is essentially getting rid of our right to free speech. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs could block speech and prevent dissident voices from speaking freely online. Without Net Neutrality, activists would lose a vital platform.

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