by Connie Oswald Stofko
I love bringing you great gardening tips every week, and I want to keep doing it. But if net neutrality goes away, Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com might not be able to stay in business.
Net neutrality maintains a fair and level playing field for small businesses as well as large businesses. When you surf the internet, you have equal access to whatever website you want to go to, including mine.
But on Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a measure it calls “Restoring Internet Freedom.” The freedom they’re referring to isn’t your freedom as a consumer or my freedom as a small-business owner.
It’s freedom for internet service providers to take away the level playing field.
Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast will be able to give preferential treatment to to certain websites.
Your internet service provider would be free to slow down your access to my website. My photos and videos would take longer to appear. Maybe you wouldn’t have access to my site at all.
This can happen to other sites and services you use as well.
Net neutrality protects my small business.