Things sure have changed in the last few months. And as I've stated before, I'm not usually one to speak about politics on the blog - I just don't want the headache that comes with it. But folks, I've got to talk about this thing called Net Neutrality.
Net Neutrality is nothing new. In fact, we already had some of the provisions of net neutrality prior to the law being established in 2015. However, the law made it 100% equal across the board on what information you could access and basically, unless you are subscribing to premium content (Amazon Prime, Wix, Education.com) through a service-based company, the internet was accessible to anyone who paid to have it. Paid to have the internet. Keep that in mind, because I'm about to blow your skirt up!
As a homeschool family, we use the internet daily - for about three to five hours in-class and then for streaming television or games/social media afterward. We are a techie family - don't judge us, please. Regardless, we know we use data. We have a high-speed broadband package and pay $100 a month JUST FOR THE INTERNET. Why? Because we use it and we value it and it is very much worth that money. Could I use the money for something else? Sure. But would that something else provide my children with access to educational website, allow us to see our favorite shows together as a family and at a time that is convenient for us? Would that something else give my husband the opportunity to play his music and to share it on YouTube? Better yet... Would that something else allow me, and you, the opportunity to peruse the hundreds of blogs out there on homeschooling that provides us with tons of tips, tricks, and support.
Let's not forget the affiliate bloggers who use their skills and abilities to bring in a little supplemental income for their families.
No. That $100 is well worth every penny. But if the cost went up, I do not think we would be able to pay it. Luckily, our ISP has several smaller packages should we need to downgrade. But, that downgrade is only the tip of the iceberg.
Net neutrality provides a "common ground". With me in Arkansas, and you where ever you may be, can access the same webpage, view the same content, and utlize the sites functions all with our very own ISP subscription. Right? Yes.
Enter the repeal. Last week, the FCC voted 3 to 2 to repeal the act that allowed the very act mentioned above to occur. What does this mean?