When we say that the Internet supports Net Neutrality, we don’t just mean the individuals who make up the Internet. We also mean the companies that make up the Internet. As part of the Net Neutrality hearing yesterday, a number of Internet companies co-signed a letter in support of Net Neutrality. At first blush the companies CASH Music, Dear Author Media Network, Ez Texting, Grooveshark, Happy Mutants LLC (the company behind boingboing), Makerbot Industries, MediaMall Technologies (the company behind PlayOn), Open Sourcery, Revision3, Rosalita Associates, SageTV LLC, Syabas Technology, Topspin Media, Inc. and UltiMachine Co., do not seem to have a lot in common.
However, upon closer look, they all have the Internet in common. They might focus on music, or literature, or video, or programming, or 3D printing, but they all rely on an open Internet to reach their customers, connect with fans, and generally build their successful businesses. Their very variety illustrates why it is so important not to allow ISP gatekeepers to control the Internet.
These companies all recognize that without the open Internet they would not be able to operate. If they had to ask permission from ISPs, or strike “distribution deals” before they started, they may never have gotten off the ground.
So remember, the Internet is not just millions of people. It is also thousands of companies who simply would not exist without an open Internet. That is why today The Internet is Striking Back to tell Congress to protect Net Neutrality and an open Internet.