Stop the FCC plans allowing service providers to steal Web ‘Net Neutrality ‘

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An Opte Project visualization of routing paths through a portion of the Internet.
An Opte Project visualization of routing paths through a portion of the Internet.

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 — The Federal Communications Commission Net Neutraility rule change would give internet service providers the authority to willfully discriminate against internet content, effectively ending Free Market politics on the web.

The plan, proposed by Tom Wheeler, would make it perfectly acceptable for an internet service provider (like Comcast, or Verizon, or AT&T) to charge a media content company (like Google or Netflix) for the privilege of faster download times and less content delay.


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The impacts of such a policy would be no less than the end of free market capitalism online.

Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality

 

Suppose you have an internet start-up company. You want to provide media online and you think that people are going to be really excited to check out your site.

The only catch?

You are a startup, so you don’t have the leverage to afford yourself a trip in the internet Super-Speed lane that was recently constructed by the FCC and the internet companies. As a result, nobody can buffer your content. That means nobody goes to your site. That means your company goes under.

Not because of a problem with what you are providing, but because of irresponsible government regulation.

The implications of the new rule would be detrimental to every aspect of 21st century life. Slowed connection, no connection at all, an inability to send a text message or email, websites suddenly not working: All of these could be in our near future if this rule goes through.

And the worst part?

Over the last several years the internet companies have set themselves up with a nice cushy monopoly on all of our business. Almost all Americans have access to 2 or fewer internet service providers, which means that if you don’t like the policies of the company in your area, you can’t do anything about it. Even if you are one of the lucky Americans who can chose between two different ISPs in your area, since they’ll all be playing by the new rules, it won’t matter.

Net Neutrality means that the Internet should enable and protect free speech.

ISPs should provide only one thing, an open avenue through which to communicate.

But these new rules would be one more brick in the growing wall that ISPs are building to cut off free speech.

The same way your phone company should have no say in who you call or what you say to them, your internet provider should have no control over what content you can view or post online.


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But the FCC does not agree. The worst part of all this is that, nobody seems to care. Possibly because of a perception that it is overly complex, people have steered away from the issue while the FCC and the ISPs get ready to fundamentally change how we live our lives.

Unless there is an immediate response by the people, demanding Open Internet freedom and true Net Neutrality, everything is going to change for the worse.

The FCC is, because of legal obligation, taking comment on this issue on their website for the next few days.

They will then decide how to vote on the issue. If you do not want to live in a world where giant mega-corporations get to decide what you look at and what you post online, go and comment.

If you don’t want to live in a time when we shift from the internet as a bastion of free speech to a place where- it just so happens- your politically motivated Tweet “could not be sent” go and comment.

If you think there is something wrong with the government conspiring with companies to make regular folks’ lives harder, go and comment. The great thing about the internet is that, right now, you can still go and comment. You can let your voice be heard.

You can rail against the political positions of your ISP and nobody can do anything about it. So go to the FCC’s website, or email them at [email protected] and let them know how you feel.

Because if you don’t, you’ll wish you still could.

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  • RamonMendozaGA

    It’s ridiculous that the FCC is even considering rule changes which pander to big ISPs. I already paid Comcast for the use of their service. Why should they get to charge the providers of content that I requested on a connection which I already paid for? They’re trying to make money at both ends of the pipe.

    Imagine if UPS showed up at your door one day and said “Hey, you’ve been ordering a lot of packages from Amazon lately, and even though they already paid us to ship this package, we’re gonna need you to chip in too if you want to receive it today.”

    Ridiculous.

  • MarkG

    It is far from ridiculous, in my mind it is expected. A government agency mired in the quagmire of government bureaucracy. Big business and big money have control of our government, if not directly most certainly indirectly by the influence of money and lobbying. To think that the general public has any control at all is ludicrous. The FCC is going through the motions. Call me cynical but in the end there is too much money to be made charging for “the fast lane”. Big business will get their way and we will get screwed, prices will go up and we will pay the bill.

  • Guest

    You don’t know what free market capitalism is. It’s where the owners of the means of production set their own business policies, without government interference. Free market capitalism is where ISP’s set their own rates and policies. Fascism is where government controls the means of production, which is what you’re advocating.