Dedicated and neutral.
There are two important things on my mind as I sit down to write today’s blog entry: my brother’s wedding and net neutrality.
Let’s focus on net neutrality first. Net neutrality is “the principle that internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.” It’s the approach to the free and open internet that’s given us the internet as we know it. In 2015 net neutrality was established after much debate, and everyone (myself included) breathed a great sigh of relief. This May, the new FCC voted to scrap net neutrality. This could potentially ruin the free and open internet that’s afforded me and so many others opportunities once thought impossible. The FCC has had an “open comment” period running from May until next week, so now is the time to make your opinion on net neutrality known.
There are too many sites to list here that are gathering support, but if you do a Google search for “net neutrality” it will bring up a wealth of information. I went through the ACLU’s site to submit a comment to the FCC. It seemed like a legitimate way to go about it. With any luck, this will change their policy and we can all breathe a great sigh of relief again. If not, I have no idea how things will change around here, but I imagine they won’t be good changes.
On a much lighter note, my brother is getting married this weekend and I am over-the-moon with excitement. Weddings are always a spectacle with my family (I had a Halloween wedding), and this weekend’s celebration will be no different. That I’m happy for my brother and his bride-to-be is an understatement, but I’m extra excited because I get to officiate the wedding. That I’ve been trusted with this aspect of their special day is a responsibility I do not take lightly. That I’m going to have a blast this weekend is an expectation. Just don’t even think about trying to reach me from Friday to Sunday. I’ll be off the radar until my brother is a married man.