Net Neutrality and CG Cookie

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With net neutrality being voted on yet again next week it's important to understand what this means for the United States but also for companies that operate primarily online such as CGCookie. Net Neutrality is a hot topic and for good reason as it can greatly impact how information is made available to millions of people online. This could also have an impact around the world. This article will help shed light on the subject and what you can do to help.

What is Net Neutrality?

To quote Wikipedia on the subject:

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.[1] For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.

Here is another great video based look at how net neutrality works and potential downsides of this being repealed:


With a repeal of net neutrality we could start to see a fundamental change in access to various sites, which could also greatly affect the type of information available. This can also greatly affect companies like CGCookie. Since we primarily operate online through video streaming and online education, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could charge more for sites that offer video streaming. This also includes bigger sites like Youtube, Netflix and similar video sites. So you'd be paying more just to access the same sites as before. 

This also doesn't take into account unfair competition that this could bring to the surface. A competing company can pay an ISP more money to ensure that people can easily find their site online while simultaneously making it harder to find other sites. They can also outright block specific sites from being viewed under certain internet packages. All these ideas are speculative, but would be made possible if net neutrality is repealed. 

What Can I Do To Help?

While this issue could have a world wide impact, the vote on this mostly applies to those within the United States and is being voted on December 14th 2017 as of the writing of this article. You may have seen a massive out pouring of support for net neutrality online through various sites like Reddit and even posted individually on sites with banners. 

So what can we do within the US? There are a number of organizations that are leading the charge in helping to keep the net free, some notable ones include Battle For Net Neutrality here: https://www.battleforthenet.com/ and there's also the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) organization here: https://www.eff.org/ of which I have personally donated money to. 

If you're in the US you can contact your representatives either by phone or email. Not sure what to say? Use a premade form like this one from the EFF website. You'll find links to find who to contact at the bottom of the battle for the net website as well if you'd like to call them directly. Note that this vote will be made by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If you'd like to contact the FCC directly you can use this site: https://5calls.org/issue/defend-fcc-net-neutrality 

Further Reading

Net neutrality is a battle that has been won before and with enough support we may win yet again. If you enjoy websites like CGCookie and any site you frequent, then this is a major issue that is worthy of investing time and effort to help. You can read more about the current situation with Net Neutrality here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/12/06/the-fccs-net-neutrality-plan-may-have-even-bigger-ramifications-in-light-of-this-obscure-court-case/

https://www.wired.com/2017/05/congress-not-fcc-can-fix-net-neutrality/

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/05/net-neutrality-goes-down-in-flames-as-fcc-votes-to-kill-title-ii-rules/

CGCookie supports the free internet, help keep the internet a great place to share ideas, information and creative endeavors. Make your voice heard!


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    Jonas Grund

    Well as a german... All I could do is to share this information.... Good luck with fighting on the US Front!

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    Arthur Torres de Lino

    It would be a good idea if the entire internet package ramained the same price, so people who only use e-mail, facebook ... ,could save some money. But that is not likely to happen.

  • angldavd

    torreslino $40 may be a little fortune in some countries, i dont think that a flat plan price would be a good idea hehe

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    Omar Domenech

    As a person that lives in a country that has the second most corrupt politicians in the world, I can understand the feeling when public services utilize the system to tilt the balance in favor of a little powerful obscenely rich few.

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    Kyle Blaine

    Thanks so much for the article, Jonathan. Funny, I was just asking "I wonder how CGCookie feels about all this?"

    Then I got scared.

    I would be absolutely furious if my ISP tried to tell me I needed some kind of "educational package" upgrade or "streaming services" package to access sites like CG Cookie. Internet's already expensive. A lot of us are here because art school was out of the question. Loss of net neutrality could ruin countless futures by putting access to education behind an ISP paywall.

    We need to fight this with everything we've got...

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    Jonathan Gonzalez

    arcangel_zero7 I was well aware of net neutrality before, but a member of ours from France actually got me thinking more seriously about it when he asked how it would affect CGCookie. From a business stand point this could hurt a lot of companies that operate online. Making it harder and more expensive to access these services and products could ultimately be the downfall of those businesses.

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    bitblox

    People try to turn this into a political matter when really its just about money and quit a lot of representatives have been paid by ISP's to give the OK for a deregulated system. I'm glad CGC made a article on this matter even though so many exist, it just shows character in the company if thats a good way to put it XD

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    Kyle Blaine

    jgonzalez Update for you: I called my Nevada reps and gave them all awkward but sincere pleas to maintain net neutrality! I know I'm a drop in the ocean here, but I just wanted to say that I did something about it, however small at the moment.

    We Cookie citizens stand with you all! :)

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    Yves Perera

    jgonzalez
    Wow, happy to see that article. Good job spreading the word!
    Proud to be the indirect instigator of this article. ^^

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    Laura Mardan

    I don't live in the US, but this is one of those issues where I'm really not sure where I stand to be honest. I see pros and cons on both sides, so I'm a little confused. I'll sit back on this one and see how it unfolds.