As a technology enthusiast having worked in the industry, I believe it’s imperative now more than ever that we protect equal access to the internet. The new head of the FCC and his team are vouching to eliminate Net Neutrality, the right to do as you wish on the internet without your internet service provider controlling your access. If repealed, large telecoms like Verizon, AT&T, and others, will have the power to control what you see and how you see it, depending on what you pay them, or worse, what others pay them.

Rolling back the rules opens the possibility of making the telecom companies powerful gatekeepers to information and entertainment.

Also, I want to add something that caught my eye. I’m confident The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce is well-intentioned in their mission to bring back business and commerce to the Island, and I respect their desire to do so, but the way they’re approaching it creates serious concerns. The group is funded by Verizon who is pushing the idea that by repealing Net Neutrality, Puerto Rico will benefit via “major investments” from the telecom (https://goo.gl/Utp9Ad). That’s pure non-sense and false propaganda. Verizon’s (and others) argument to the FCC is that supposedly Net Neutrality traps capital that could be otherwise used to invest in telecommunication infrastructure, and research & development. This implies that the telecoms will use this capital to fund such projects. However, because there is no commitment or rule that enforces the allocation of capital correctly, the reality is that telecoms will use these funds in the matter they feel best benefits them. Unfortunately, in times of desperation, we make erroneous commitments and mistakes, but I hope this clears up the telecom’s wishes before Puerto Rico is fooled [yet again]. Unless there’s an obligation from Verizon to commit resources to the Island, as Puerto Ricans, there’s no valid reason to support this organization or the telecom.

The internet is a utility and a necessity that should be open to everyone, and free speech depends on it. Take a stand in protecting Net Neutrality today.

If you’re in the US, you can do so by using a platform like this one in order to call and email your representatives and let them know your point of view: https://www.battleforthenet.com/