The FCC made a landmark decision yesterday when they instigated the repeal of Net Neutraility.
The story flew under the radar in large part because many of us have no idea what net neutraility is, and why this decision is going to change billions of lives.
The FCC believes “Net neutrality stifles innovation”, which is the biggest load of crap ever in the history of the universe.
Here is an academic definiton of Net neutraility
“Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.”
In so many words folks, are the wonderful websites we enjoy with complete impunity are about to change their business model.
These massive companies could end up having free reign to charge us whatever they want to use open source services.
Considering that we currently live in the information age, this decison is going to alter the basic fabric of our society.
Youtube could end up costing users $20 a month!
Twitter could cost $15 a month.
Imagine that, imagine a world in which Facebook is as expensive as a cell phone payment.
This is the type of world the FCC just made possible, and the muted reaction to the decision will only embolden the appointed government officials that rendered the ruling.
Members of Congress have vowed to block this repeal, and keep the internet open to everyone.
We shall see, it’s been made pretty clear to the American public that the Republican controlled Congress is much more concerned with the plight of the wealthy, not the common citizens that rely on the internet for informational purposes.
This decison is about internet companies lining their coffers, as if they people didn’t already have enough money.
If you want to do your part to keep the internet free, contact your local Congressman, and raise hell, because this is bad news for everyone.