Net Neutrality: What is it & What does it mean for AWARDS users?

In order to access the internet you need an Internet Service Provider (ISP). You use an ISP to access sites across the internet by paying them a service fee, think companies like AT&T, Comcast or Verizon (cable internet companies). When working with your ISP you generally expect that since you’re paying them a service fee you’ll be able to connect to the site of your choice without having to pay additional fees depending on the content of that site. That’s the basic concept of Net Neutrality; the rules in place today prohibit your ISP from speeding up, or, slowing down sites you visit or, charging you extra money to visit specific sites. Basically your ISP is not allowed to discriminate or charge differently based on a user, content of the site you’re visiting, or application.

Considering you use AWARDS, an internet based service, this concept is important to the work you do daily. Removing the rules in place today could impact the work you do on a daily basis moving forward. A neutral internet preserves our right to communicate freely.

What can you do?

Sign the petition and contact your member of congress