On July 12, CreaTV will join the national day of action for net neutrality. Alongside hundreds of tech companies like Amazon, Okcupid and Netflix, and thousands of public interest organizations like the Center for Media Justice, the ACLU and Mozilla, CreaTV will let our voice be heard for a fair and open Internet. If you haven’t heard about, or know what, net neutrality is, check out the awesome video made by our own CreaTV interns! Or click here to see what the day of action is all about: https://www.battleforthenet.com/.
Editor’s note: The FCC’s proposed plan to repeal current net neutrality legislation, titled “Restoring Internet Freedom,” was announced in May, and is open for public comment until July 17.
The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It’s what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you. On Cable, CreaTV is kind of like the “net neutral channel,” promoting localism and diversity of voices not seen on any other channel. But not everyone subscribes to cable nor should it be the only place to hear the stories of our unique community.
Imagine getting on the Internet and clicking over to our website. Without net neutrality rules, it’s likely going to take you a very long time to get to our site because we won’t have the money to pay for fast loading speeds like a broadcast channel or Netflix. You wait. And wait. And finally, give up. So, you click on a link for a site that claims to be about San Jose. Boom! You’re there! Local news and videos! But something’s wrong. Something’s different…
Instead of a story recapping the neighborhood parade that your church helped organize, you see a story about another petty crime. Instead of hearing about the history of our city as seen through the eyes of the immigrant community, you hear another story about the dangers of allowing refugees to cross our borders. These are not our community’s story. We are much, much more than what most communications and telecom corporations would like to sell us.
CreaTV believes that everyone’s voice should be heard and that our community, and our democracy, is healthier when we see ourselves, our true selves, reflected in the media and on the internet.
Please let your voice be heard and help support net neutrality!
– Chad Johnston, CEO, CreaTV San Jose