I’ll be honest, I’ve never really been the first person to jump at a political issue, and realistically, in the entertainment business, it’s actually advised not to share your viewpoints for fear that you could upset people and hurt future opportunities.  With that said, I am about to get up on the biggest soapbox I can find and beg anyone who will listen to just hear me out.

We need Net Neutrality.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, I urge you to go to these two sites and learn about it and I also strongly encourage you to take a stand for it.

If you need the SparkNotes version, Net Neutrality is the basic principle that the Internet you know and love is grounded upon.  It enables and protects free speech, and the ability to use the internet openly and freely.  It prevents the big cable companies like Verizon, AT & T, and Comcast from having the power to slow down sites and essentially censor what they show to their customers.  It keeps the internet the internet.

In 2015 thousands of people already fought for Net Neutrality and won… Until now.  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is trying to abolish Net Neutrality and leave us to the mercy of the massive cable companies who you can’t trust to install your cable between the allotted hours of 10 am – 4 pm.

Without the freedom of net neutrality small businesses never have a chance to even begin to take off.  This wonderful world of web-based entertainment that I’ve been exploring–and the whole reason that I feel even remotely okay with the fact that I am studying acting right now and about to graduate and try and make it on my own as an actress–is completely rendered impossible to me without the security of net neutrality.  Anyone who makes a living as a content creator will be bullied into paying Team Cable in order to even be seen by customers in the new censored internet.  Anyone who uses the internet to get any sort of web-based entertainment will need to pay to get access to the services they currently get for free.  It’s all up in the air once we are left to the mercy of the sharks of the internet.

Net neutrality is freedom of speech.  It is a right that anyone who understands why and how the internet works is in favor of.

On December 14, 2017, Congress is voting on whether to keep or abolish net neutrality.  You can tell them to vote no.  Go to both of the links that I posted, especially the second one.  Write to Congress.  Call your representatives.  Tweet at them.  Get them on Team Internet and off of Team Cable.  On December 7, there are going to be protests outside Verizon stores all over the country.  Go.  Take a stand.  Help keep content creators safe and keep the internet the way it is.

In the last couple of days I’ve posted about this on social media.  I’m not big on Facebook, but I posted to Facebook.  It said this:

“This is actually very important. If Net Neutrality is abolished the big companies will absolutely violate your rights to free communication on the internet. FELLOW ARTISTS: They will have the legal grounds to change the way you access and distribute content across the internet. The reason I feel even a little bit okay about the fact that I am a fish in an ocean full of actors is because there are so many opportunities for me to create the content I want to be in, and the ability to use the internet freely and openly.

Please do something about this.”

I sent an email via freepress.net to Chaiman Pai:

“In our highly-connected modern society, the right to a free and full internet is an essential part of communication with the rest of the world. Huge corporations do not care about the individual. Ask any small business owner, and they’ll tell you the same. There is no one that I can think of more than the people like me who are about to graduate college and try and find their way in the world, with the tool we’ve been taught to use: An internet with net neutrality. I am trying to make my way as an artist in this world, and the right to communicate freely and openly is a vital part of me having a chance in life of having a career.

Do not end net neutrality.”

Thank you for reading this and I hope you consider what I’ve said.

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