Net Neutrality and Online Sex Work

Let’s start by tackling a question I’m sure some of you are asking: What is Net Neutrality? Sure, it’s a hot button topic as of late, but that doesn’t mean everyone has a firm grasp on what it is, and what it means for people to have it. From Wikipedia:

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.

Recently, the United States of America waved goodbye to net neutrality. While there is still a chance to save it, it is a very real threat to the country at large. With the end of net neutrality, we will see a rise in censorship, and a decline in access to online content and information. Check out the #netneutrality hashtag on Twitter to see just how angering this is.

What the end of net neutrality means for the independent online adult entertainment industry:

A significant drop in business for industry workers, and a significant drop in content quality and availability for buyers.

Small businesses, including independent online adult entertainers, can’t afford to pay the inevitable fees Internet Service Providers will charge to not throttle buyers’ connections when they visit our sites. Depending on the stance of certain ISPs, we may even be outright blocked from being accessed by our clients. With shitty connections deterring some buyers, and blocks keeping us hidden from others, we may very well need to leave our businesses behind for new careers in order to survive.

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