Dear FCC, the Internet may seem like just a marketplace to some of the organizations that you deal with daily but for us it's the way in which we connect with family and friends, learn new hobbies and do our work.
We aren't users or customers or employees. We do not exist simply to feed money into the hands of others or provide personal data for sale to intermediaries. We are people, same as you, and it would be a crime against us to have the Internet's openness removed.
Yes, we spend most of our time watching videos of cute kittens and posting photos of ourselves but that's not the point. We should have the freedom to do that. To date, that freedom has changed the face of our culture. That freedom has redesigned our society and that freedom has created new industries that are still evolving.
Deleting net neutrality would mean the end to much of this. While we'd still have gifs of grumpy pets we wouldn't have the real driving forces of the Internet, freedom and democracy. To paraphrase Bill Moyers:
Young startups that could transform the world will never begin their rise. Children, learning in school will lose access to information and new perspectives. Most importantly, our ability to create our own economies and express capitalism on a personal scale will be lost. We need the openness of a free Internet to create our own markets, share our own knowledge and to make the world a better place than we found it.
As a New Yorker our city is just now returning as a center for innovation and invention, an honor we held for the first half of the the 20th Century. We're doing this because of small, Internet-based, startups. These small companies don't require large spaces for machinery or land for buildings but they do need dense population centers to test their products and an open Internet to help them find their product.
You see FCC, we live in a world where our greatest inventions have yet to come. I urge you to respect the earlier decisions of Congress and the American people, for whom you serve, and keep net neutrality in place.