The Battle For #NetNeutrality AGAIN!

If you're not freaking-out about net neutrality right now, you're not paying attention

In February, 2015 when the FCC made Internet Service Providers title II common carriers, I said that the battle may have been won, but the war is far from over. And as soon as Donald J Trump was elected president, and he nominated Ajit Pai as FCC chairman, the writing was on the wall for net neutrality.

The question has to be asked, how can Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, who has lobbied for the repeal of net neutrality ever since it was enacted be allowed to become FCC chairman? I would think that would be a massive conflict of interest, but this is Trump’s America, where rules and laws don’t seem to apply.

The FCC is due to vote on the repeal of net neutrality on December 14, 2017; and we know how that vote is going to go. It would take a congressional vote to overrule the outcome of the FCC vote, which I doubt will happen as the majority of congresspeople have received large ‘contributions’ from cable companies.

24 million comments were left on the FCC website, this includes 7 million ‘fake’ comments from bots, the majority of which are identical and use stolen identities. I suspect that, however, I cannot prove, the major cable companies instigated these fake comments for the repeal of net neutrality and title II.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, has disregarded the 17 million legitimate comments in favor of the net neutrality rules, not to mention ignoring the 50,000 net neutrality complaints filed with the FCC. What a surprise eh? a former Verizon lawyer pushing ahead with his agenda regardless of what every day American’s want.

Why should you care about net neutrality? well, without net neutrality, ISP’s could slow or block websites and online services that they don’t agree with; or even block competitors. Traffic prioritization is another possibility, big websites that pay the ISP’s could be put in a ‘fast lane’, which, in reality, would mean, that website gets the current speed, while smaller websites would be slowed to the point of being unusable.

We could even end up with a tiered Internet service, where you would have to pay extra to access, say streaming media services outside of your cable companies streaming service, or pay extra for social media access. Not to mention the possibility of ISP’s selling your private usage data and blocking VPN’s.

Before title II net neutrality regulation, Comcast deliberately slowed Netflix, forcing the media streaming service to pay up to give their customers using Comcast as their ISP access to streaming HD content.

Bottom line, without title II, ISP’s will be able to run roughshod over customers as competition is non-existent. The cable companies have carefully carved up the country, so they don’t compete with each other. Many cities have done exclusive, long-term deals with ISP’s to stop competitors from coming in.

Don’t believe Pai’s claims that deregulation will create an open market. How is this possible when exclusive deals have been done in cities and municipalities, blocking new players from entering the market. If we had a true open market, where ISP’s compete with each other, we wouldn’t have to worry as the competition would keep ISP’s honest, as customers could up and leave for better service.

You can call your congressperson through, leave a message urging your congressperson to support an overturn of the repeal of the Obama era net neutrality regulation.

Addendum: Not directly related to net neutrality, however, it’s another example of how telcos have screwed us over. It was promised in the 1996 Telecommunications Act that every home in America would have 45Mbit symmetrical fiber Internet for $20 by 2005. That was 12 years ago and the majority of homes have zero access to fiber. The kicker, every day Americans have already paid for this in their taxes, Telco’s were given a massive subsidy to make this happen and today, you cannot get $20 internet, let alone fiber.

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