Today, the #FCC voted to repeal the Obamacare-era #netneutrlity rules which kept the internet open and free for everyone. The rules prevented internet service providers or “ISPs” such as Verizon or Comcast from charging consumers more money for better quality service. They also kept these large corporations from being able to block certain sites which may be in competition with them or have opposing viewpoints.
Now, thanks to the FCC’s Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai—who was once the VP of #Verizon—consumers could be at the mercy of big corporations who don’t really care about anything but increasing their profits. This means that they can and probably will begin charging us all to use Facebook, Twitter and other websites. They will be able to make more money by creating tiers in which we can pay for access to fast-lanes. If you can afford this then you’ll be subjected to slow-lanes.
As you can see on the internet, everyone is pissed that our right to a free and open internet is being compromised and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is one of many trying to appeal the repeal. He is accusing the federal government of being corrupt and calls today’s vote and attack “on the integrity of every American’s voice in government.”
“The FCC’s vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to New York consumers, and to everyone who cares about a free and open internet. The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present, by giving internet service providers yet another way to put corporate profits over consumers,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “Today’s rollback will give ISPs new ways to control what we see, what we do, and what we say online. That’s a threat to the free exchange of ideas that’s made the Internet a valuable asset in our democratic process.”
The A.G. also shed more light on an issue that happened last week where the FCC used the identities of 2 million Americans on social media. “Today’s vote also follows a public comment process that was deeply corrupted, including two million comments that stole the identities of real people. This is a crime under New York law – and the FCC’s decision to go ahead with the vote makes a mockery of government integrity and rewards the very perpetrators who scammed the system to advance their own agenda.”
What are your thoughts, Roommates?!
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