Watching this story play out over the past six months has been interesting, to say the least. The actions taken by the big ISPs are so brazen and transparent that it's actually shocking to see. On top of it all is appalling legislation, such as an amendment Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has attached to a must-pass funding bill that would make it illegal for municipalities to offer their own high-speed Internet.
The possibility of a merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable should never have been floated, much less considered. It's an indefensible idea, one supported only by lies of massive proportion, such as the statement that the cable Internet market is highly competitive -- an insult to anyone's intelligence. Then to discover that AT&T and DirecTV are discussing a merger again bends reality in unpleasant ways.
To put this into perspective, we have plenty of legislators who apparently see no problem with a merger of the two largest Internet service providers in the country, each with terrible customer approval ratings. At the same time, these very legislators are working to prevent cities that are effectively victims of the monopoly from seeking alternatives. All of this is being buttressed withblatant falsehoods and apparently no shame whatsoever.
A small collection of companies that have proven time after time that they cannot or will not provide quality service to their customers, yet have no fear of competition is immensely detrimental to the United States at large. The executives of these companies and the politicians they control might wear nice suits and have nice manners, but make no mistake, they are effectively thugs, and they're robbing the American citizenry blind.
The FCC's public comment period has been extended due to the overload on their servers. I urge you to add your comment to the pile. Educate your family, friends, and neighbors. Send them links to explanations like this wonderful example from Economix Comix.
Net neutrality isn't just about the Internet, but will affect all of us and everything we do. It will create ripples that go on forever. We truly are at a crossroads regarding the future of living -- and working -- in the United States.
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