My Message to The FCC on Net Neutrality

Inspired by John Oliver’s rant, I went to the FCC site and posted what follows. If you haven’t, you should.

Net Neutrality must be protected. We live in an age where information is more accessible than in any previous time, by orders of magnitude. The free exchange of ideas has been and continues to be one of the most positive forces in our evolution as a society.

In his book, The Better Angels Of Our Nature, Steven Pinker credits the printing press and the popularization of reading as one of the civilizing factors of the late Middle Ages. This is supported by facts, such as the decline of public torture, cat burning, and blood sports that coincide with the availability of books. By the time of the Enlightenment, society had grown accustomed to exchanging ideas freely for centuries. As a result, chattel slavery, oppression of women, and countless other human cruelties came to no longer be mandated or tolerated by states.

The Internet is incredibly young from a historical perspective, however it is a fact that it has empowered humans with more ability to access information (and cat videos) than could have been imagined just 40 years ago. This empowerment has caused millions of people to educate themselves about the planet they live in and the people that they share it with. The greatest achievements in our short history have come about because of our ability to learn. Imagine what could be achieved if that access continues to be as free as it is.

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