If you haven’t heard, the Federal Communications Commission is debating a policy change favored by the large broadband internet providers like Verizon, Time/Warner and others that would allow the telecom companies to treat different users of the internet differently. That is, the new policy would allow heavier users to be charged extra. For those not able to afford to pay for faster service, too bad! You may have heard this referred to as Net Neutrality. It matters to you as a person taking online medical billing and coding classes for the following reasons.
What is net neutrality? According to SaveTheInternet.com, “Net Neutrality means an Internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that Internet service providers should provide us with open networks — and should not block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company cannot decide who you could call and what you say on that call, your ISP should not be concerned with what content you view or post online.” Read their whole, easy-to-understand synopsis on net neutrality here.
Then, visit the FCC website where they’re currently accepting public comment on their horrible propsed new rules. Geektastic site, Gizmodo.com has a quick step-by-step on how to complete a comment. Take a stand and protect the internet that you used (or are still using) to get your medical coding certification for future generations. It matters!