of the Sentinel Konah
With the election of Donald Trump last year, came new policies that spread across different topics such as immigration, gun control, marijuana, and what I believe to be at the tippy-top of the list: open Internet.
If you don’t know what the open Internet is, then you’re blind to me.
Soon, Internet service providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, may be free to block contenct, slow video-streaming services from rivals, and offer “fast lanes” to preferred partners.
The open Internet is what runs our economy and allows small business to thrive. In 2015, under Obama, the Federal Communications Commission passed the open Internet order, which treated the regulation of broadband as a utility, similar to electricity or water, something seen as essential to modern life.
In addition, companies were officially banned from offering tiered services – fast and slow lanes for different service in an attempt to preserve “net neutrality” – the principle that all traffic online should be treated equally.
But now the new head chairman Ajit Pai, appointed under the Trump administration, is trying to disband what the open Internet is.
If you don’t know who Pai is, let me fill you in. He’s a former Verizon employee. Let me say that again. He’s. A. Former. Verizon. Employee.
He’s the most biased person that Trump appointed for the job. He and other chairmen are trying to disband how we use the Internet and are trying to make it harder to access the content we want.
Recently, Pai unveiled a proposal for the FCC to cease regulating this core principle of the open Internet. The FCC will vote on the proposal on Dec. 14. Since the commission currently has a GOP majority, it’s a safe bet that Pai will prevail.
They want to have tighter regulations on what we see and intake daily. They want to have set prices, higher for those who can pay more and give less to those who don’t have enough to pay.
The Internet isn’t even cheap right now and people like us still get cheap service and Internet that is slow.
Now they want to make it even harder to get Internet for people to use.
Hey, do you like looking at memes as much as you want? You like video gaming or watching Netflix for twelve hours straight, well by this December, your bandwidth could be shortened because you don’t pay as much as big companies to use internet. Now if you don’t want this to happen, contact your state senators and speak your mind. Tell them to vote against what the FCC is trying to do before it’s too late.
This is the beginning of what an oppressive society looks like