Jan 16 2014
“Net neutrality is dead. Bow to Comcast and Verizon, your overlords.” That was a headline in the LA Times yesterday that encompassed a Federal Appeals Court decision earlier this week on the issue of net neutrality.
Wikipedia, which is a site that takes the issue of “net neutrality” very seriously, defines it as “the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.”
The Federal Communications Commission, which has under Obama, embraced the concept of Net Neutrality, set up rules to enforce it but were sued by Comcast and Verizon. Tuesday’s court decision on that lawsuit has completely undermined the FCC’s Open Internet regulations.
It is now up to Internet Service Providers to charge websites like Netflix, Google, and Amazon for more money if they want faster loading speeds, or if they want rival websites blocked altogether. Those extra fees could be passed onto consumers, who will likely also face far narrower choices of what websites are available.
If this sounds like the internet is going to start resembling your cable company, you may be right to start worrying.
GUEST: Todd O’Boyle, Director of Media Reform Programming at Common Cause
Click here to sign a petition telling the FCC to fight for Net Neutrality.