The Internet Is Fucked (Again)
If you enjoy the internet; streaming music, watching movies, social media, playing games, or just shopping, you need to pay attention to net neutrality.
The FCC chairman now in control under the Trump administration wants to repeal the protections that Obama established in 2015.
This is bad.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai is fond of saying that “the internet was not broken in 2015” when he argues for repeal of our nation’s net neutrality rules. This is particularly funny to me, because in 2014 I literally wrote an article called “The internet is fucked.”
Why was it fucked? Because the free and open internet was in danger of becoming tightly controlled by giant telecom corporations that were already doing things like blocking apps and services from phones and excusing their own services from data caps. Because the lack of competition in the internet access market let these companies act like predatory monopolies. And because our government lacked the will or clarity to just say what everyone already knows: internet access is a utility.
via The Verge