The FCC appears to be about ready to throw in the towel and let the telcom monopolies sell speed to different sites ending any hope for the regulatory concept known as “Net Neutrality.” Soon firms that pay extra will have their content available faster and the principle that all content should be equal coming through the cables and pipes will be dead.
Net Neutrality was championed by President Barack Obama as a policy worth fighting for.
The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers.
The proposed changes would affect what is known as net neutrality — the idea that no providers of legal Internet content should face discrimination in providing offerings to consumers, and that users should have equal access to see any legal content they choose.
Is this a good time to mention that public money built the internet? Billions of dollars of taxpayer money built the technology and infrastructure that these crass monopolists are trying to hijack.
This also comes as Comcast wants to take over Time Warner, it’s not enough to extort higher payments on publicly built infrastructure they want to combine to form an even bigger monopoly that would control a third of the market.
Meanwhile in Brazil they have passed an internet bill of rights which includes net neutrality and privacy protections.