In its most basic form, the Internet is open sharing and access to information. Openness and free competition driven by innovation is great for consumers, businesses and economies, but it’s coming under increasing risk.
Today, the FCC has voted, by a narrow 3-2 margin, to uphold stronger neutrality protections to keep the Internet open and free (as in freedom). The so-called “nuclear option” of Title II reclassification (referring to the Telecommunications Act of 1996) will govern ISPs under the same rules that apply to “copper-wire” telephone services. In a nutshell, ISPs will not be able to offer preferential treatment to any data moving over its wires/cables/radio frequencies, treating all data equally and simply passing the information from one party to another, regardless of content.
This is an important victory in the fight for true Net Neutrality, future of open communication, and–without hyperbole–freedom itself.
Keep it open. Keep it free. Keep it weird. #CantStopTheSignal
FCC security violently attacked the demonstrators, knocking them to the ground. As they were dragged from the room, internet activists Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese of the group PopularResistance.org said, “Commissioner Pai, don’t you see Republicans love net neutrality? Stop being a mouthpiece for the Telecoms–your job is to represent the public interest. Title II now! The Internet should be a level playing field for all not one rigged for Comcast and Verizon. No crony capitalism for Comcast and Verizon. Equal access for all.”
What if all of the devices in your life had a common interface, controlled by a single company, that picked what video content you could easily search and access online? What if that single company had its own economic reasons to support some “channels” and hide others?
On August 21st, 2014, Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, Georgia, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing emphatic support for Comcast’s controversial effort to merge with Time Warner Cable. Not only did the mayor’s letter express personal excitement for the gargantuan deal — which critics say will create a monopoly that will harm millions of consumers — but it also claimed that the entire town of Roswell adored Comcast. “When Comcast makes a promise to act, it is comforting to know that they will always follow through,” Wood’s letter explained. “This is the type of attitude that makes Roswell proud to be involved with such a company,” the letter asserts, “our residents are happy with the services it has provided and continues to provide each day.”