Hey folks. We usually stay far, far away from politics here, but as most of you are aware, this topic is integral to Massivecraft as a business and a community.
In the United States, the Federal Communications Commision (FCC) has been able to stop ISP's from selectively slowing down internet speed for particular services. Your connection to the internet cannot pick favorites when it comes to the content you consume. The laws making this so, in particular, Title 2, are known as "Net Neutrality". Without this oversight, for example, Comcast could make the internet speed of its clients on Bing hyper fast, while Google runs at a slog. But consider the impact on smaller communities. If Mojang decided to run their own corporate multiplayer roleplay/factions server, and slow down internet speed around Massivecraft, they can effectively squash any and all smaller business, and inhibit growth. If Youtube wanted to kill a smaller streaming service by paying ISP's to slow down the ability of anyone to even connect to their website, it stifles competition in the marketplace. If you're convinced that future would be problematic, and are a United States citizen, here is what you can do.
Go to the website "battleforthenet.com", where you will be carefully guided into not only finding out who your representative is, but what to say to get your opinions across. Regardless of age, you are a constituent of your state, and your voice does have an impact in large numbers.
Alternatively, go to the url "gofccyourself.com" and click on "Express". Here, you can leave comments directly to the FCC. Among your respectful comments, specifically state you support strong net neutrality, backed by title 2 oversight of ISP's. Or, maybe you agree with Ajit Pai's plan. Your voice is important too. For more info on what you can do, see this thread.
Unless you are the children of the owner of Verizon, or Ajit Pai, repealing Net Neutrality is an active threat. Massivecraft simply wouldn't be where it is without Title 2 Oversight. Thank you all for reading.
Have a Massive Day.