Net Neutrality “is about more government control,” according to MILO. Meant to stop companies from providing “better-tailored packages to you, the consumer.”
It’s not about consumer protections, it’s about restricting consumer choice.
“You’re all wrong about it,” MILO says. “Because everybody in this room thinks Net Neutrality is a good idea, and it isn’t.”
“You all think it’s going to go to some sort of hellish, corporate, American-ruled dystopian hell where your email is going to get slowed down to a crawl,” MILO explains. “Horseshit. All it is doing is taking the Internet back to where it was a couple of years ago.”
“Net Neutrality is a cosmetic announcement on the one hand, but really what it represents is the license for the federal government, for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to wade in and interfere in the relationship between private people and their providers; and to stop companies from providing richer, better tailored packages to you, the consumer,” MILO continues. “It is about more government control over a critical utility.”
That control has now been removed as the Federal Communications Commission voted to remove Net Neutrality rules on Thursday. The vote to repeal the Obama-Era regulations passed 3-2, along party lines.
“It is time for the Internet, once again, to be driven by engineers and entrepreneurs and consumers rather than lawyers, accountants, and bureaucrats,” Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC, said before the vote on Thursday.
According to the Daily Caller, the hearing room was briefly evacuated after a bomb threat was made.
“I am being advised by security that we are going to have to take a break,” Pai told the audience before law enforcement officers with dogs surveyed the room. The meeting resumed a few minutes later after commissioners and others were allowed to return.
“It is not going to destroy the internet. It is not going to end the internet as we know it. It is not going to kill democracy. It is not going to stifle free expression online,” Pai said when the vote to repeal Net Neutrality passed.
Net Neutrality was packaged as a move towards Internet equality, under the principle that any and all traffic on the internet would be treated the same. Although this seems appealing, it also means that consumers cannot pay for faster services.
Now, with the regulations lifted, consumers will be able to pay for higher quality services. No Net Neutrality also means that if a consumer has a bad internet connection, service providers can prioritize certain services, like Spotify, to ensure they run smoothly.
Like MILO mentions, the Internet is only going to revert back to how it operated a few years ago. Advocates for Net Neutrality will claim that service providers will now attempt to manipulate traffic, however, that isn’t a bad thing.
“Wireless networks… have been built for many years with features that help identify users whose weak connections are impairing the network with slow traffic and incessant requests for dropped packets to be resent,” MIT Technology Review reported in October 2014. “Carriers’ technology assures that such users’ access is rapidly constrained, so that one person’s bad connection doesn’t create a traffic jam for everyone… Strict adherence to net neutrality goes by the wayside.”
Welcome, once again, to a free internet.
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