From the department of “while you were watching something shiny over there,” the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on yet another regulatory change that favors huge internet providers at the expense of consumers. The proposal would allow providers of high-speed Internet services, such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T, to block websites they do not like and charge web companies for speedier delivery of their content. It’s another Trump administration slap to the face of the average American.
The Obama-era policy known as “Net Neutrality” is something we all take for granted. When we go online, we expect to be connected to the sites we want, when we want, and with the same speed for each site. Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked.
However, if the huge conglomerates had the power to charge websites for appearing to the consumer or slow down those that don’t pony up, they could make even more money. It’s once again a case of the Trump administration siding with corporations over the consumer.
We certainly shouldn’t be surprised by this. Back in the spring, Republicans voted to reverse regulations that required the expressed consent of any internet user before their personal browsing history and other Internet movements could be sold to a third party.
Most people believe it’s wrong for an internet provider to collect and sell private browsing information. The problem is this Republican Congress doesn’t care what people want on this issue. Just like now, they sided with media corporations which paid millions to lobbyists to push the privacy rules rollback.
Massachusetts US Rep. Mike Capuano laid it all out.
This current FCC assault on the consumer is equally outrageous.
How do they get away with it? The Trump administration is masterful at distracting the American public with more easily understood and more disgraceful conduct and statements: think, the president telling us he’d rather have a credibly accused racist, homophobe, child molester and all around perv in the United States Senate than a Democrat, or, liberal creepers (Franken) must go but Republican degenerates (Moore, Trump himself) are free to operate as long as they continue to deny being a debaucher.
It may take a while but when people finally realize their long-cherished internet experience has been sold out from under them, there will (hopefully) be a revolt.