Stuck in the Slow Lane

Hey Fellow Supporters,

You may know me from our tailgates, my name is Michael and I’m the guy who designs our weekly cocktail and serves beer at the beer tent. However, you may not know that I am also the unofficial webmaster for Centennial 38. I am taking a moment because I’d like to express an issue that affects you, Centennial 38, and the internet as a whole. Recently, the FCC announced changes to how it plans to regulate internet companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T. it sounds like a dense topic and while we do not take political stances, we recognize that these changes by the FCC represent a clear and present threat to the internet as we know it.

These changes will allow your ISP to slow down websites like ours unless we pay them for the service of simply being available to you. In short, not only could your ticket fees go up as a result of these changes so we can pay for those costs, it all goes to a cable company who is already posting record profits — so their argument that this helps them cover their costs doesn’t seem fair or honest.

Everyone needs a job. However, the FCC chairman driving all these changes is a former lawyer for Verizon, a company that will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of this plan. We’re deeply concerned not just about how this affects us, but in fact how it affects everything we do. All of our favorite internet services could become more expensive to pay for these predatory fees, and everything from our personal internet history (no matter how much we use incognito mode) and our search histories could be available to the highest bidder without us as consumers benefitting in any way.

If we lose what the global community have described as “net neutrality,” websites like Google, Yahoo, and Associated Press will probably not be affected — they’ve got the cash to pay. But some of your favorite sites like SB Nation, Reddit, your podcast app, and even our ticketing site could be pushed into a “slow lane” where, no matter how fast your connection, you’ll have a dreadful reading or checkout experience because we simply don’t have deep pockets like major companies.

So we’re fighting back. We invite you, as a member of Centennial 38, but also as a member of the internet community, to reach out to the FCC and tell them that this isn’t the internet future you want. To make this as easy as possible, we’ve put together an easy way to contact the FCC here. Thank you for taking the time to read this and to help us fight for a fair and free internet.

 

See you at the game,

Michael Petruccelli

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