Greg Pagani: Bureaucrats forging ahead with plan to gut net neutrality

Greg Pagani: Bureaucrats forging ahead with plan to gut net neutrality

That's because the vote could drastically change the way you use the internet each and every day, whether it's to pay your bills, online shop, or check out social media.

"ISP's, the people you buy your internet access from, will be able to discriminate based on which sites you're going to, what apps you're using and what services you're using". If we allow the FCC to go through with dismantling net neutrality, the freedom of the internet will be taken away for the benefit of internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon.

In perhaps the simplest of terms, net neutrality is described by Allison Shapiro in an article posted on the Daily-Journal's website as "the idea that internet service providers - the largest are Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Charter - must treat all websites equally".

Shankland says tossing out net neutrality is all about the almighty dollar, and maintains that's the driving force behind the FCC's upcoming decision. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the City of New York, and advocacy groups made a similar case. "In fact, there is good reason to believe that the record may be replete with fake or fraudulent comments, suggesting that your proposal is fundamentally flawed".

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"It is a classic example of regulatory capture, where the regulatory agency bends to the wishes of those they are supposed to oversee", Wheeler said today during a press conference with US Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen. That is, until find out your internet service provider just launched their own streaming service and slowed the speed on Netflix down so much, everything on it is basically unwatchable.

What's more, the broadband industry has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to open internet principles of no blocking of legal content, no throttling, no unfair discrimination, and continued transparency in its customer practices. Another effect of repealing the rules would be that big companies would benefit, while startups trying to gain an audience would suffer. The form of these changes could be enacted in various ways, but popular debate and hypothetical situations among net neutrality supporters say discrimination of internet traffic would be the norm. Only, as Business Insider points out, there hasn't been a marked decrease in broadband investment since these rules were implemented.

The parish will make their vote on whether to oppose net neutrality rollbacks during their meeting on Thursday. However, when we look at how the internet was before net neutrality was in place, we see that it runs contrary to this notion of more freedom; we see internet providers not only censoring speech, but also censoring certain behaviors.

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