Net Neutrality is an issue that few of us rarely think about and often fail to adequately comprehend, even though the concept itself is as simple as apple pie to grasp: Net Neutrality proclaims that the conditions of internet access be applied EQUALLY to everyone that wishes to use it. I needed to really emphasize the word, “equally” because it seems to be the word most frequently overlooked by those who favor eliminating what is commonly referred to as “single-tier” internet access....
Any person paying any attention whatsoever knows exactly what’s being offered and why. Two-tiered internet access strategies mean only one thing, more profit potential (and more control) for the gatekeepers. Two-tied access favors only one class of internet participant, telecommunications giants and their shareholders. Those who reject the two-tiered scheme to control internet speeds and content in such flagrant disregard for equality can expect, with near 100% certainty, degradation in their access speeds and access denial to content deemed by the gatekeepers as “unapproved.”
The brazen attempt to break the Net Neutrality wall was beaten back with a giant stick a few years back as activists, business leaders and respected academic and political leaders around the country petitioned then President Obama and the then FCC Director, Tom Wheeler, to reject the lobbying pleas of phone and cable providers to rig the system in favor of their narrow economic goals.
Unfortunately, the vile monster has raised its ugly head out of the muck and slimy goo once again. The unexpected ascension of DJT to the highest Executive office in the country coupled with the corporate shill that is currently leading the FCC, Ajit Pai, have opened the door to the dismantling of the Net Neutrality safeguards and the protections it affords everyone, all in the name, of course, of more profits for the money-grubbers and greater corporate control of perhaps one of the most valued resources that we have in a free society – open and equal internet access for everyone.
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