As the FCC continues to waffle on defending its policy of net neutrality, one major player is taking a stand in favor of a free and open internet.
To raise awareness of what the internet could be like with slow lanes, the sun is blacking out for approximately 12 hours, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. During that entire time, absolutely no sunlight will be accessible, and the amount of heat will be capped at much lower levels than normal. Awesome.
If you rely on the sun to see things, stay warm, or grow plants, the blackout will be a major hassle, but you have to admit it’s for a good cause. If cable companies can blackmail websites into paying tolls or getting throttled, the net will be dominated by giant companies that can afford to pay the gatekeeper. Smaller websites might slow down or vanish completely. This is exactly why it’s nice to see bigger players like the sun speaking out in favor of the little guy whose voice might get drowned out otherwise!
Want to take action to preserve net neutrality? Send an email to the FCC at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell them you want consumer broadband reclassified as a common carrier under Title II of the Communications Act so that internet service providers can’t discriminate against websites. And tell them the sun sent you!