As I’ve just been explaining to my son, when he’s my age and looks back at the history of the Internet, 26 February 2015 will be seen as a very important day.
Why? The Mozilla blog summarises it well:
We just accomplished something very important together. Today, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted for strong net neutrality protections. This happened because millions of people — including many hundreds of thousands in Mozilla’s community — joined together as citizens of the Web to demand those strong protections.
Net Neutrality can be a difficult thing to understand and, especially if you’re not based in the USA, it can feel like something that doesn’t affect you. However, it is extremely important, and it impacts everyone.
Last year we put together a Webmaker training module on Net Neutrality. I’d like to think it helped towards what was achieved today. As Mitchell Baker stated, this victory was far from inevitable, and the success will benefit all of humankind.
It’s worth finding out more about Net Neutrality, for the next time it’s threatened. Forewarned is forearmed.
Image CC BY Kendrick Erickson