The FCC voted this morning to nullify 2015’s Open Internet Order and its strong net neutrality rules, substituting a flimsy replacement with a deeply (and deliberately) incorrect technical justification.
The battle is lost. What of the war? Here’s what happens next, and what you can do to help.
So where do we go from here? Where do we go from here? Many of you know I am a strong advocate of free speech and that includes the right to offend provided it does not promote hate or violence.
You are welcome to attack my political or if I had any, religious views because I justify them with logic which is always open to question. There are other areas of my life, my partner, for example which you are not allowed to question.
An end to net neutrality is a pre-cursor to the end of these discussions however and potentially a push from big business to take over and a loss of our ability to play an active role in defining the world in which we live.
I know net neutrality is already a joke in some parts of the world:
- In Thailand for viewing some Facebook accounts you can be imprisoned1,
- China regularly block several sites and have put people to death
I won’t go on, it’s too easy. I hope we can find a way to stand up to this together. I suspect I may be fighting a losing battle here, but I hope to be shown wrong,
1 I wish this were not true but from personal experience I had a cousin of my ex wife murdered last year for talking out about the military coop. I used to feel safe in Thailand.