Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Trump Admin Wants to Kill Net Neutrality Rules
Ajit Pai, who originally was brought into the FCC by Obama and more recently was appointed as FCC Head Honcho by Trump, is planning to eliminate Net Neutrality Rules (referred to as NNR in the rest of this piece). Pai has a credible background, but it should be noted that he did a two-year stint as a Verizon attorney. He claims that the NNR are hurting Business interests, stifling job development, and that the Mega Internet Providers should be allowed to "voluntarily" comply with the spirit of the Rules. Please...who in their right mind thinks that will work out in favor of the rest of us?
I don't have the time to detail all the reasons why NNR need to be retained forever, so if you're not already familiar with those reasons, do a Search for: what killing net neutrality means for the internet. Suffice it here to say that those Rules prevent the Mega Players from screwing over 99.9% of us relative to internet usage. Killing the NNR would hurt us and benefit the Big Boys in the Internet Game.
Although the Oligarchs lost the last battle over this issue, it's obvious they haven't quit the war. They never will. That's because the internet is the greatest democratizing tool ever to exist...and they know that. The Gaslighting Trump knows that, and the last thing billionaires want in a society is full participatory democracy. As in the last battle over NNR, it again will take millions of citizens speaking out to overcome the Oligarchs' efforts to eliminate these protections. On Wednesday, July 12, you'll see all kinds of postings on the Web showing you how to have your voice heard. Please participate. If you don't, it's pretty much guaranteed that: the cost of internet usage will increase; there will be "slow lanes"; some sites will be "throttled"; smaller ISPs will be hurt; and outfits such as Comcast and Verizon will be the BIG winners. There will be censorship on items/ideas that never should be censored.
To those of you who still support the Corporatists in the Executive Branch (or anywhere else), this issue further demonstrates that their beliefs & policies definitely do not favor the everyday citizen.
Not only my opinion. Be Well