Here's a great article on Scientific American by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, about keeping the web open and free.
Why should you care? Because the Web is yours. It is a public resource on which you, your business, your community and your government depend. The Web is also vital to democracy, a communications channel that makes possible a continuous worldwide conversation. The Web is now more critical to free speech than any other medium. It brings principles established in the U.S. Constitution, the British Magna Carta and other important documents into the network age: freedom from being snooped on, filtered, censored and disconnected.
I completely agree with what Berners-Lee has written. I see the Internet and the Web as one of the most important inventions of the modern age. It is certainly worth defending.