The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set the date for the end of Net Neutrality. The execution commences this coming June 11th.
Verizon and their ilk will now control our internet and we are powerless to stop them without Congressional action
The Hill reports:
“The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines late last year to scrap its 2015 Open Internet Order, despite backlash from Democrats and protesters calling for an open internet.
“FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has argued the FCC overstepped when it imposed the restrictions.
“Others have argued that repealing the rules would allow for major internet companies, such as Comcast or Verizon, to abuse their powers as internet gatekeepers and drive up the costs of internet use.”
The importance of Net Neutrality cannot be understated. Allowing it to end will fundamentally turn control of the Net over to corporations. Corporations pursue one goal, and that is not to serve the consumer. They pursue profit at all costs. A corporation has no soul to save.
And emptying your bank account never disappoints Comcast.
There has been a recent wave of action in Congress to end this abomination. Naturally, this flurry of activity is not led by Republicans. The lone hope appears to be Senator Susan Collins from Maine. Her expressions of concern along with every single Senate Democrat will hopefully lead to a vote next week to stop the FCC’s plans.
The Hill explains:
“On Wednesday, Senate Democrats officially began their push to force a vote on net neutrality under the Congressional Review Act.
“If the resolution is passed by Congress and signed by President Trump it would reverse the repeal of net neutrality measures.”
Sen. Edward J. Markey, (D-Mass.) has filed a Congressional Review Act objecting to ending Net Neutrality. NPR reports:
“Formally called a Resolution of Disapproval, the CRA has the support of every member of the Democratic caucus in the Senate, along with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. It also has the support of Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the web, and a number of businesses, from Reddit and Tumblr to Wikimedia.”
In essence, the fate of the open internet rests in the hands of a lone Senate Republican. May we all pray in our own way she stays the course to undo the end of the Net as we know it.
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