What’s Net Neutrality?
You may have heard the term “net neutrality” in the news lately. Net neutrality is the idea that the relationship between you and content on the internet shouldn’t be altered by internet service providers—that ISPs should provide nondiscriminatory access to internet content, without manipulating the transfer of data.
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. In other words, it is the principle that the company that connects you to the internet does not get to control what you do on the internet. Without net neutrality rules in place, ISPs can prevent users from visiting some websites, provide slower speeds for services, or even redirect users from one website to a competing website. Net neutrality rules prevent this by requiring ISPs to connect users to all lawful content on the internet equally, without giving preferential treatment to certain sites or services.
Net neutrality has serious implications for the adult industry, as well as for its consumers. Without it, ISPs could create special fast lanes for content providers willing to pay more. This leaves small to medium sized businesses at a further disadvantage in the suggested ‘pay to play’ environment.
The FCC is planning to repeal the strong net neutrality rules that we fought so hard to get in 2015. Why do we care? Vimeo is the home to so many makers, watchers, and all-around internet video lovers. Net neutrality makes sure there is room for creativity and equal access for any internet user. File comments with the FCC and spread the word to keep our internet free, open, and wondrously creative. #netneutrality
“The Internet came together as a miracle, really. Anyone with a wire can publish, we need to keep it that way.”
“Your ability to access a website depends on your desire to access the website and not the deals that the intermediaries have made with each other.”
“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”
“Net neutrality was essential for our economy; it was essential to preserve freedom and openness, both for economic reasons and free speech reasons.”
“Net Neutrality is what makes the Internet so great – and so vital for innovation and creativity.”
“I am a big advocate of what is known as net neutrality. This means that providers are compelled to transmit content without political or commercial pre-selection.”
Thomas de Maiziere
“ISPs should not be able to engage in any sort of f*ckery that limits or manipulates the choices you make online.”