I try to keep my political opinions to myself on this blog, but I must speak up when the blog itself is under threat. It has been possible for me to maintain this blog (now in its 11th year) because the Internet infrastructure plays no favorites. Google, Facebook and Amazon are big but not so big that they block out access to all the tiny voices that the Internet makes possible.
Internet neutrality, simply put, forbids Internet Service Providers from favoring certain providers. In effect, it prevents the rich Internet sites from slowing down or blocking entirely the sites of other, less rich websites. In other words, a no-money site like this one can still find its audience. My audience is small but surprisingly loyal. Some people have been with me for years.
If you believe that small sites are a valuable part of the Internet, please take the time to get a little informed and strive to make your voice heard in opposition to the proposed rule changes. The New York Times predicts there will be a huge lobbying effort both pro- and con- neutrality. The big money will be on the side of changing the Internet, but even in the age of Trump the little guy is not without hope of an even break. Let your voice be heard now, lest it be the last time your voice can be heard at all.