Net neutrality is dead – But together we can bring it back to life!

So net neutrality is dead –  the US court of appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in favour of broadband giant Verizon, following a long-running challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s rule-making powers.  So a serious battle has been lost; but the war isn’t quite over yet.

According to Wikipedia.org:

Net neutrality (also network neutrality or Internet neutrality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.[1][2][3][4]

There has been extensive debate about whether net neutrality should be required by law. Since the early 2000s, advocates of net neutrality and associated rules have raised concerns about the ability of broadband providers to use their last mile infrastructure to block Internet applications and content (e.g. websites, services, and protocols), and even block out competitors. (The term “net neutrality” didn’t come into popular use until several years later, however.) The possibility of regulations designed to mandate the neutrality of the Internet has been subject to fierce debate, especially in the United States.

Neutrality proponents claim that telecom companies seek to impose a tiered service model in order to control the pipeline and thereby remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and oblige subscribers to buy their otherwise uncompetitive services. Many believe net neutrality to be primarily important as a preservation of current freedoms.[5]Vinton Cerf, considered a “father of the Internet” and co-inventor of the Internet Protocol, as well as Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the Web, and many others have spoken out in favor of net neutrality.

Net neutrality (also network neutrality or Internet neutrality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.[1][2][3][4]

There has been extensive debate about whether net neutrality should be required by law. Since the early 2000s, advocates of net neutrality and associated rules have raised concerns about the ability of broadband providers to use their last mile infrastructure to block Internet applications and content (e.g. websites, services, and protocols), and even block out competitors. (The term “net neutrality” didn’t come into popular use until several years later, however.) The possibility of regulations designed to mandate the neutrality of the Internet has been subject to fierce debate, especially in the United States.

Some opponents of net neutrality claim that  “broadband service providers have no plans to block content or degrade network performance”.  But this is a barefaced lie.   Bob Kahn, co-inventor of the Internet Protocol, has called the term net neutrality a “slogan” and states that he opposes establishing it.  The Wikipedia article goes on to say:

Opponents of net neutrality claim that broadband service providers have no plans to block content or degrade network performance.[8] Despite this claim, there has been a single case where an Internet service provider, Comcast, intentionally slowed peer-to-peer (P2P) communications.[9] Still other companies have begun to use deep packet inspection to discriminate against P2P, FTP, and online games, instituting a cell-phone style billing system of overages, free-to-telecom “value added” services, and bundling.

So, in short: instead of treating internet communication equally, the abandonment of net neutrality will lead to the big telecoms companies pushing their content over others, and will make it well-nigh impossible to access information that the big internet services providers don’t want you to know.  This is a denial of freedom of speech, and will push the ISP’s point of view over all critics.  Once up on the time the internet was a valuable commodity because it told us everything warts and now.  Now, the FCC’s stupidity will make “minority” points of view all but impossible to find.  The telecoms companies will make disagreement all but invisible.

Check out these links here and here.  FFS, we need to do something before an avalanche of ignorance and hatred turns the web into a newspaper run by media moguls who hate freedom of expression.  So please, tell the FCC to clean up their act and restore internet neutrality right now.  So please, do it for us all.  Unless, of course, you want to become another apathetic, couldn’t-care-less kind of person who’s happy to be lied up, brain-washed and treated like a powerless fool.  Don’t let that happen to you: internet neutrality is a tool to silence those who disagree with the authorities no matter what evil they’re spouting.  There’s not much time left for us free-thinkers: don’t let them get away with it!

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