Propaganda in the US? I have been wondering why people aren’t more concerned about what the FCC is doing to Net Neutrality. So I read an article in a “normal” news source for many people, USA Today. Oh my GOSH! If you didn’t understand net neutrality before this article, you certainly come away thinking that the FCC is doing their best to help US consumers. They’ve worded things in such a way that you want the FCC to adopt the new rules.
Would you like it if you went to call your family and were told that a large company, who has paid extra, is using all the communication lines right now and you will be able to make a call when they are done? No! That’s unacceptable, right? This is what the new rules will allow companies to do.
I think the confusion comes in because technically, they can do this already, and some are (for example Netflix just had to pay Comcast and Verizon because those companies were holding Netflix traffic hostage). These new rules just make it easier.
Proponents of net neutrality want the internet to be considered a utility where you don’t get higher priority for water or phone lines because you pay more. So YES, we do want the internet to be regulated like a telephone company – the ISP is a monopoly in many locations. Regulation is a good thing in this instance.
In the US, where our internet download speeds are the 31st in the WORLD (and where did the internet start??) and we already have the highest internet costs in the world, why should we stand by while ISP’s demand even more money for content to get through and those content providers pass the cost down to us. If you don’t want those with deep pockets deciding what you can get to on the internet, please, please let the FCC know that you support Net Neutrality. Send your comments to the FCC here.