See that link above? It’s a White House petition to restore net neutrality.
"Teal wtf is that and why is it important"
well, see this NPR article for one thing: http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/01/14/262454310/feds-cant-enforce-net-neutrality-what-this-means-for-you
Quoth the article:
Net neutrality is an idea that’s governed the Internet since the beginning: that all Internet users deserve equal access to online information, no matter whether you use Verizon or Comcast. Internet service providers should be “neutral” to the content their customers consume.
Without net neutrality, Verison or Comcast could throttle down your internet speed when you visit websites that haven’t paid them a premium. Let’s imagine that Tumblr had still not been bought by Yahoo and was still a tiny little startup. Verison could go, “Okay you owe us [insert huge amount of money here], otherwise we’ll make it so it takes 5 minutes to load your page.”
Tumblr of yore goes “Wow uh… we don’t have the backing for that?”
This would mean that if you, say, had a personal website hosted on your own server? You’d have almost no chance of being found. New businesses, new startups would have no chance whatsoever because big companies could essentially make deals with major carriers to make sure that your website just plain doesn’t load.
Or, let’s say that you’re an author and you’re researching hacking, or piracy. Let’s also say that you buy something off the Humble Bundle, and then use their torrenting option to download it. Comcast’s auto-piracy detection robots (which they don’t have YET, but if I were in their position I’d be coding those things RIGHT NOW) could see that you looked up “piracy” and then used a torrenting service, and immediately throttle down your internet to usability, because you’re OBVIOUSLY pirating software/movies, and they have a deal with Netflix and major Hollywood studios to shut down the internet of anyone, regardless of proof.
Net Neutrality’s death screws the little guy in favor of megacorporations. It’s outright against the philosophy of free market capitalism, where everyone gets a shot at an even playing field. While I’ve lost faith in White House Petitions recently, I still think that it’s valuable to raise awareness, and maybe, just maybe, some good can be done.