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THE INTERNET IS FUCKED (AGAIN)

FCC chairman Ajit Pai is fond of saying that “the internet was not broken in 2015” when he argues for repeal of our nation’s net neutrality rules. This is particularly funny to me, because in 2014 I literally wrote an article called “The internet is fucked.

Why was it fucked? Because the free and open internet was in danger of becoming tightly controlled by giant telecom corporations that were already doing things like blocking apps and services from phones and excusing their own services from data caps. Because the lack of competition in the internet access market let these companies act like predatory monopolies. And because our government lacked the will or clarity to just say what everyone already knows: internet access is a utility.

Most of these things are still true, even after the Obama-era FCC under Chairman Tom Wheeler reclassified internet access as a Title II telecommunications service and imposed strict net neutrality rules on wired and wireless internet providers. And most of these things will get even worse when Pai pushes through his plan to rescind Title II and those rules, despite widespread public outcry. Continue…

man, it just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?

#sigh

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3 Comments

  1. Who did you vote for last November?

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  2. Actually, i put in a vote for my buddy Dave… since i wanted to vote, but really just couldn’t bring myself to vote for either of ’em.

    Why?

    Who did you vote for?

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  3. I voted for Hillary.

    You live in America. You paid attention last year. You saw how different the candidates were. You didn’t vote?

    You bitched about Obama for 8 years. Now you’re bitching about healthcare and net neutrality?

    https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2016/06/27/hillary-clintons-initiative-on-technology-innovation/

    “Defend Net Neutrality: Hillary believes that the government has an obligation to protect the open internet. … Hillary strongly supports the FCC decision under the Obama Administration to adopt strong network neutrality rules that deemed internet service providers to be common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.

    https://www.wired.com/2016/03/despite-fcc-net-neutrality-danger-ever/

    “Donald Trump has claimed that net neutrality will somehow “target conservative media” (even though the Open Internet Act gives the FCC no power to interfere with conservative websites, or websites of any other political bent).”

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