Gosh, even using the term ‘the net’ feels arcane to me. It’s been a dozen+ years since the internet has become integral to my daily existence; and now of course I’m chained to the Blackberry. The evolution of this information channel has been a tremendous experiment in commerce, communication, education, health, enrepreneurship, community, entertainment, value-shaping and value-reflection – all in a pretty free, open way – and it’s worked incredibly well. There is a whole generation now that was not aware of a world before the internet. We’re familiar with it, comfortable with it, productive with it – as it is. And plenty of people have made – and continue to make – plenty of money from it. It’s been a domain of equal footing, and it’s worked really, really well that way.
The net neutrality rules proposed by the FCC in October seem to me a great way to retain the fairness and limitless potential of this playing field. Why change what works for everyone to benefit a narrow few? If you agree, please consider signing the petition at savetheinternet.com. I just can’t imagine any other way for the internet to be. Genies don’t go back into bottles.