The FCC voted to repeal the Net Neutrality protections conceived during the Bush administration and implemented during the Obama administration. What does this mean? This means good-bye to having access to an open Internet where all information and media is treated equally and giving preference to one service or website over another would bring fines and litigation to the parties responsible.
Your ISP might suddenly slow down your connection to your favorite sites and services and give priority to their own sites and services because now they legally can. ISP have turned into monopolistic monstrosities that do more than just connect you to the Internet. They own news outlets, media companies, entertainment businesses and they will push their goods in your face at the expense of your own preference.
For example, Verizon owns Yahoo. Verizon can now legally block Google and just serve up Yahoo every time you wanted to do a search. AT&T owns DirecTV. AT&T might want to slow down or outright block Netflix and Hulu just to push you to buy DirecTV (yes, it’s a streaming service now).
This will also stifle innovation. New services and small online business will find it much harder to get a foothold in the online marketplace. They don’t stand a chance.
Of course this is a symptom of a much larger disease.
It baffles me that a certain segment of the population continues to vote for the GOP in the face of punch-you-in-the-stomach evidence that simply proves: they don’t care about you. They are not the party of the good, honest working citizen. As much as they claim to want to deregulate your life, they want to do so specifically to make it easier for them to get away with their shit and to take away your power to do anything about it.
Believe it or not REGULATIONS is part of the glue that makes modern civilization possible. Do you like clean drinking water? Do you like FDIC insured bank accounts? Do you like having health care? Do you enjoy clean air? Mr. Regulations says you’re welcome.
Now along comes the GOP and they see all these protections and believes the country could be better without it (mainly because they’re in the pocket of big businesses who make more money without these regulations). So these people do their corporate puppet master’s bidding and ruin the our country for short-term financial gain.
It blows me away that these people make such decisions despite common sense: “no, better not vote for that or people’s drinking water will get contaminated with petroleum,” “no, better not allow that or the middle class will get further pushed to near-poverty, “no, better not do that or we won’t be able to balance the debt.”
How can you support officials who continually trample on your rights, individuals who denounce things like science, gender equality, racial equality and who are only driven by money and their ignorant, myopic attitude??
It truly baffles me!!
If you want me to put it even more simply: the top 1% of the country hold over a third of the wealth while the bottom 90% need to deal with over 70% of the debt, and these people only help the top 1%. Honestly, unless you’re a millionaire these people do not care about you. If you have an hourly job they wouldn’t be caught dead with you.
So keep on voting with blinders on. I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to steal your money and destroy your rights all the while.
PS: Don’t get me started on the truly despicable people the current administration has put at the head of the Dept of Education and the EPA.
Way to drain the swamp…