Since the FCC repealed the Net Neutrality Act in May, there are currently over 4 million comments and growing, both for and against, re-establishing the limitations set upon ISPs back in 2015. I’ll illustrate why the repeal is detrimental, so when you comment on the proposal, you’ll be informed enough to report authentic reasons why you are opposed.
The FCC received so MANY comments since they first repealed the act, their site crashed, due to the sheer amount of incoming comments, many of which they claim to be fraudulent. Regardless, the site is currently behaving appropriately.
Over 4 million concerned individuals concerned about Net Neutrality have made their opinions known. The FCC does publish the names of those who post comments. Don’t let that stop you.
As you may note, they’ve labeled docket 17-108 ‘Restoring Internet Freedom’. This is grand manipulation on multiple levels, and additionally, the Internet has never been free, you pay for it in taxes. That’s partially why these companies have BILLIONS of dollars. What they really mean is; ‘Curtailing Internet Freedom’. Look at it at as ‘Give ISPs Control of The Internet’ just to keep things 100% direct.
Oh, how many BILLIONS you ask? Charter and Comcast – 8 Billion, Verizon – 13 Billion, AT&T – 16 Billion.
Unclear on what the repeal of Net Neutrality means for you? I’ll spell out some of the more poignant points;
ISP providers like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and others would have the ability to rake through your browsing history, your emails, your medical and financial records, oh, and even your children’s records, and sell them off to the highest bidder without your consent, or knowledge.
You can and will be charged to use the internet to access certain sites, most likely paying a premium to gain access to hot sites that you’ve already had access to for FREE.
The level of tracking, monitoring, and collecting data on your web browsing activities is about to become Orwellian. Companies and their advertisers intend to infect your searches with advertising malware & cookies that can’t be eliminated and continue to track you even after you’ve left their site. I implied you’re ALREADY being spied on, this will be a new level. ‘Boss level’ I daresay.
If you own a small online business, expect to be bundled up into a grouping of other businesses that are like, or even kind-of like, the one you own, unless you’re willing to pay a high premium to keep the site in high profile. If you can read between the lines that means BIG BUSINESS will squeeze your business out of sight online.
The internet will become something akin to regular TV: a few big names monopolize what you see, hear, and can view, while all the cool, different, weird, creative, funny, and unusual stuff that we sometimes relate to way better than the outward churning of the same-same-same- or derivative thereof by big name company X. Variety IS the spice of life.
Loosen the regulations on ISPs, and the way we interact with the Internet has changed. That alone is one reason to remain opposed.
I’m not sure what everyday citizen actually WANTS the repeal of Net Neutrality, so maybe someone out there, an ‘everyday Joe’ so-to-speak, can tell me why they’d want it. That’s a perspective I’d like to hear.
Proponents of the repeal have argued that it will allow for innovation and greater benefits for the public at large. We’ve all experienced those of power stating they are out to help us, when in fact, it is they who benefit at our loss. When I read comments like this from the former CEO of AT&T;
“Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain’t going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there’s going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they’re using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes? The Internet can’t be free in that sense, because we and the cable companies have made an investment and for a Google or Yahoo! or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes [for] free is nuts!” — Edward Whitacre, AT&T CEO
And this from the chairman of the FCC
“We need to fire up the weed whacker and remove those rules that are holding back investment, innovation and job creation.” — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
It paints an obvious picture. The only people who want this are those who stand to profit from the sale of your personal information. In a nutshell, these guys are planning to double-dip at YOUR expense. They care about one thing, and one thing only; PROFITING…AT YOUR EXPENSE.
TAKE A STAND
The last time the FCC made a proposal concerning Net Neutrality, 4 million people commented. Our united voices make a big difference.
Those of us who have not commented on the draft proposal, we missed that chance. Fortunately, there’s still time to comment on the wording of the final proposal. August is not too far off and it’s important that you make informed comments that can have an impact.
If you enjoy legal jargon here’s a look at the proposal https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-344614A1.pdf.
Scope this article for a more in-depth read of the facts https://lifehacker.com/how-to-comment-on-the-fccs-proposal-to-kill-net-neutral-1794741331.
Go here to join over 4 Million others who’ve voiced their concerns. Your voice matters. https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108.
The FCC, greedy politicians and greed-driven corporations are out to turn you into dollars. Fight back. Take action to prepare and protect yourself.