Could the Loss of Net Neutrality Damage the Environmental Movement?

Could internet regulations suppress our voices? Or undermine our ability to read articles like this?

First… what is net neutrality? It’s the idea that no providers of legal Internet content should face discrimination in providing their content to people like you. It also means that you should have equal access to see (or hear) any legal internet content you choose.

But the speculation out there is that the net neutrality—or open internet—continues to be in jeopardy. Some goes as far as to say that the FCC Net neutrality proposal, which is due to go public May 15th, would destroy the internet.

Broadband companies continue to push for the right to build special, faster lanes for companies that can pay for it. That would guarantee their content reaches end users ahead of those who don’t pay.

The loss of net neutrality could mean the end of the internet as we know it.

Without an open internet, the very information that Care2 and The Green Divas work hard to put out there may become harder and harder for you to access.

We certainly don’t have deep enough pockets to move our content into the internet fast lanes ahead of the Monsantos of the world. The average person’s access to environment and climate change news—topics that are even now under-reported—could be forever altered.

Listen to the latest Green Divas myEARTH360 Report with the somewhat cranky me and (thankfully uncranky) Green Diva Meg as we explore net neutrality and other environmental news.

According to the LA Times

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler strongly defended rules he has proposed for the Internet that critics fear would result in preferential treatment for big companies and place too much power in the hands of the nation’s broadband providers.

“Let me be clear. If someone acts to divide the Internet between ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots,’ we will use every power at our disposal to stop it,” Wheeler said Wednesday in remarks at the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn.’s annual convention in Los Angeles.

Let’s hope what he’s saying holds true. Until then, you can take action!

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Written by Green DivaLynn Hasselberger.

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Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

YES, Definitely Yes!

Lin M
Lin M3 years ago


Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se3 years ago


Lucas Kolasa
Lucas Kolasa3 years ago


Janet B.
Janet B3 years ago


Dave C.
David C3 years ago

yes it can....see John C's comment, I agree.

Masahiko E.
.3 years ago


Kamia T.
Kamia T3 years ago

Of course it will. Until some enterprising company realizes that there are tons of dissatisfied customers who are sick of the garbage, and decide to leave the greedy ISPs of the world. Or we all just get tired of the hackers, the liars and the corporate bullies, and move off grid again. That's one thing they can't hi-jack, snail mail (well, so far).

Georgina McAllister
.3 years ago