So, you know what net neutrality is? Net neutrality is the idea that all web traffic, no matter from which sites, must be treated equally by internet service providers like Verizon and AT&T.
Because Trump had supposedly gotten rid of the White House call center yesterday and he continues to manipulate the truth on the daily, last night I was speculating that net neutrality was in his crosshairs.
Today, I see that reports are saying that Trump’s pick for Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is a disastrous force against a free and inexpensive internet. He is against net neutrality.
Internet providers could put certain sites in “fast lanes” and “slow lanes.” Sites that pay fees to these providers will be slotted into the advanced SD-WAN solutions i.e fast lane, while sites that can’t afford to pay will be slow to access and hard to load.
Pai will be in a position at the FCC to get rid of net neutrality, with rich corporate telecom companies being the only ones who will benefit. This would be not so good, to put it mildly.
Consumer advocate expert Harold Feld says,
“First off, the web could get more expensive. Websites would probably pass on to consumers the costs of paying for high-speed access.
It could become difficult to view certain websites owned by companies that can’t afford to pay for access to an internet fast last. Consumers may start choosing their internet providers based on which websites they like to visit.”
Trump campaigned on wanting to help the average working class American get ahead. But abolishing net neutrality will hurt the working class while simultaneously giving boatloads of cash to powerful corporations – you know, the “Swamp” that Trump wanted to drain.
The companies that want to overturn net neutrality? IBM, Cisco, Verizon, Nokia, and AT&T. These BIG corporations give BIG political donations to Republicans, and now they want the return on their investment.
What was Pai’s old job? He used to be a lawyer for Verizon, so you know he’s going to give them what they want by getting rid of net neutrality, if he can.
Bad news, kids. Very bad news for the internet and where we meet up. (via Learn Progress)