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Net Neutrality

 

Net neutrality is an issue with an obvious answer to everyone except big telecom companies and their cronies in government on both sides of the aisle. A free and open internet from its beginning has lead to an explosion in commercial activity and as a result America has benefited greatly from its expansion. The FCC's proposal to remove Title II protection would allow internet service providers (many of whom are well known as having some of the worst customer service available) to drastically change the rules of the internet to the detriment of every single internet stakeholder but themselves. From its own residential and commercial internet provider customers to small businesses that rely on the internet to grow and create jobs, the decision by the FCC chairman to remove Title II protection is disastrous, short-sighted, and utterly indefensible.

 

If they have their way and Title II is lifted, you as a consumer will continue to pay for your internet service, but your ISP will intentionally slow down your connections unless the websites you use also pay your ISP. Charter Communications is in court already arguing that they will have the right to do so as soon as the FCC removes Title II protection. After being sued for intentionally slowing down Netflix traffic to their paying internet subscribers, Charter went on to argue that their advertising "blazing fast, super-reliable connection" and the ability to "stream Netflix and Hulu shows effortlessly" to their own customers was nothing more than "prototypical instances of non-actionable puffery."

 

Translation? Your ISP will openly lie to you about what you are purchasing in their advertising and should have every right to because you, the consumer, should know they're lying.

 

They are monopolistic. They engage in anti-consumer behavior at every turn. They are predatory and lie to their customers. They stifle and destroy competition by having state and local politicians pass laws that block competitors from entering the marketplace and know that they will never have real market competition.

 

Strong net neutrality rules should not be the end of this conversation. It should be the beginning.