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FCC puts first nail in the coffin of net neutrality

Tony Bradley | May 16, 2014
The FCC has voted to start the formal process of establishing new "Net Neutrality" rules. More accurately, the FCC has begun the process of killing the concept of net neutrality in favor of a system that lets broadband providers make money from both sides and charge companies for faster, priority delivery of Internet content.

Wheeler's assertion that this is not as horrible as we think is based in large part on his belief that as long as he ensures a baseline of "commercially reasonable" access for the masses, that somehow those companies paying for faster priority access don't represent a divided Internet.

The reality is, it doesn't matter if some data is transferred at one rate while other data is throttled or limited, or if most data is transferred at the same "commercially reasonable" rate while other data is transferred faster for companies that pay for it. Both ways, there is a slow lane, and a fast lane, and a divided Internet based on the wealth and privilege of those who can afford to pay the broadband providers.

The clock is ticking. You have four months to express your opinion and concerns to the FCC before a final vote occurs to decide how to move forward. To weigh in, send an email here.

 

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