I have posted before about the coming concern of net neutrality ending … but to date, the American people have not stood up. Freedom has not been fought for, and now, it will be lost – even though more than 22 million people have spoken up already and were already outright ignored.
A Petition Against the FCC: Do Not End Net Neutrality
For anyone who has paid for internet service, you are already aware that the major corporations, including (but not limited to), Comcast, Time Warner, and others, have gone through the process of purchasing the smaller, independent providers in a manner which is in direct contrast to the anti-trust laws established in America. To better understand this, please read this website from the New York Times about how and why the U.S. Government is [once again] spending an incalculable amount of taxpayer dollars to stop AT&T from once again trying to buy out all of the small, internet and cable providers to create a massive monopoly.
The results of these buyouts has resulted in an American internet basis which is, on average, only 18.7 Mbps (which comes out to barely double the speed of third-world, impoverished countries), where only 1 in 5 have connection speeds of “up to” 25 Mbps and only Washington D.C. had the fastest internet speeds available (Forbes). For all of you who have internet, you are also aware that connection speeds are rated in an “up to” basis. In other words, you are never, and will never, be guaranteed or given the connection speed for which you pay. Centurylink users often find that a simple 12 Mbps connection, or even a 24 Mbps connection, is no more than an average 2.4 Mbps connection. This is because your internet connection is shared with others in the area in which it is installed (read more here). You do not pay for internet, you pay for the right to share internet with others – at the same time. Imagine if this were used in your homes, your bathrooms, or other places where you expect privacy and freedom?
If you use the internet, you know that your internet is throttled (which again, is against the law as per Net Neutrality, and I personally have evidence of CenturyLink actively doing this to people). The more you use, the more the provider spikes your speeds up and down – against the law (and for no reason, there are additional load times, things don’t load right, delays kick in, etc.).
If you use the internet, you know that you are forced into unreasonable and complex tier packages that are unscrupulous and you are forced to pay double what even third world countries might pay (PBS). Bend Broadband (for example), offers you an “internet only” connection with the claim of a reasonably high speed (up to 40 Mbps), for only $69.99 per month – but you cannot use more than 200 GB, just bare above the “average” U.S. household of 190 GB. However … if you want to pay $59.99 per month but get shoved into one of their crappy television streaming packages for another $199.99 per month, you can get your 40 Mbps and have unlimited. And … that’s how it works. Period:
Why? Power. In America, it is no secret that the biggest and baddest corporations with the most money have the power (thus, my background discussion on Anti-trust laws). Their end goal, to be as cheap as possible and control / force you into spending more (thus my background discussion on limited speeds, shared internet, and costs).
And, now, those same corporations have lobbied the government, paying off the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to end Net Neutrality (the only barrier left between the last ounce of freedom for the internet, knowledge, entertainment, and a complete and utter crushing of the souls of all Americans online). Don’t believe it can happen? The FCC has already voted to end supporting internet for low-income communities (The Hill). This means that low-income families in America, with impoverished children who barely have enough computing power to gain any knowledge (as there is not enough for things like “video games” or “movies”), will have LESS OPPORTUNITY than children in the MIDDLE OF AFRICA! And, to those who do not believe that the FCC is motivated by lobbyists of large corporations, the FCC is NOT funded by taxpayer dollars. They are funded ENTIRELY by the “FEES AND FINES” they collect (read more here).
Even MIT’s technology review wrote an article on this (subscription only), addresses the fact that Ajit Pai, chairman for the FCC, has been a harsh critic against the “Open Internet Order“. The Open Internet Order is the basis that America is founded on freedoms. Antitrust laws stop large corporations from illegally monopolizing industries and taking advantage of people. The poor have just as much right to services as the wealthy. And, the internet belongs to the people, since it is comprised of the computers connected around the world and AT&T, Comcast, and other corporations do NOT have a right to package and market these services as their own. The foolish argument of Pai is that the internet was classified from an “information service” to a “telecommunications service”. This means that the FCC could regulate it like a utility, thus forcing corporations to offer the freedom of knowledge and information to everyone.
The problem here is that while Net Neutrality allows the government to micromanage ISPs (the argument against net neutrality), it forces ISPs into an equal and fair method of data management, pricing structures, and no specialized interest censorship or marketing. While Ajit Pai argues that government regulations are over burdensome and prevent small, independent ISPs from competing, he is also lending support to large ISPs that have already bought out the small ISP competition market? Pai also continues to argue that ISPs will have to be “transparent” about their services so customers can “choose the plan that’s best for them”. That is the most bewildering and idiotic statement ever made. ISPs are clear about their tiered and specialized pricing structures that tell you to pay up – or get lost. Making them “more” transparent basically just tells the ISPs to further “flaunt” their power over the people. What kind of a *$&@*#$ says this and thinks it’s just an okay blanket statement that nobody would notice?
I try to avoid conspiracies or drawing conclusions (so that others may draw their own), but I shall step away from the person I am, to be the person who is not naive. Ajit Pai, is not only unusually positioned against the American people, but the only “people” support he has ever provided was to prisoners and low-cost calling (although this is an important issue). This brings into question what prisoners he specifically supports. Worse, he has been recently brought under scrutiny (and potentially investigation), for using his position as the Chairman of the FCC to push a private, financial endeavor for a specific, lobbying corporation. You have not heard about it in the news or been privilege to it on a wide-spread basis in America … but then again … he “IS” in charge of the FCC. I am sorry to make this connection and I apologize to the person for whom I write this (as this is not something typical of me) – but no one other than a completely evil, greedy, and corrupt whore monger would endeavor his life’s career to build up corporations, censor information to the public (taking away free speech, free religion, and knowledge), and is someone who is completely Anti-American.
Thus, I am reaching out to you, the American people. There are many fights, issues, and matters in our everyday lives that are out of our reach. There are many matters in our everyday lives that may drive us to frustration, anger, and a desire to stop what’s happening, yet, not be matters in our own neighborhood for which we have control. However, we do have control over this matter, and it does impact us. If you do not comprehend the consequences of letting Net Neutrality come to an end, then you should read this article from Quora. What is coming is not an “if”. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, other Universities, researchers, and the public, can not only quote what has happened, but what the large conglomerates are gearing up to do – to tell you in advance what will happen.
And, what’s barely discussed, is the so-called “open transparency” – which COULD be enacted without ending net neutrality, but is supposed to give corporations the ability to “better” cater their services to you. In other words, they get to monopolize their information online, their commercials online, and if you ever thought smart phone pop-ups and Youtube ads were annoying – well – hold on – it’s about to get a WHOLE lot worse. Now, the government will watch you more closely … and so will the big companies who are legally allowed to use “knowingly” deceptive and manipulative means to force your shopping habits to their benefit. America isn’t hurting because of the people – it’s hurting because of big companies manipulating people in unhealthy ways. But – that’s only my opinion. Just remember to think about it the next time you’re slamming your mocha latte or energy drink or fast food meal that you *suddenly realize* you didn’t need or want, but here you are, spending money on it, again.
At no time in American history has the corporate management and monopolization of any service, commodity, or other public matter not come with serious consequences that hurt both individuals and businesses alike. But, there have been few other times in American history when corporations held such power and sway over the U.S. Government. If you do not say anything and if you stand by idly, when you hear the streams of frustration pouring out over anti-Constitutional censorship, the mass anger over income inequality treatment, and watch the economy take another dive (as online commerce WILL be hurt) – remember that you had a chance – now – to do something.
Even some of the biggest players in Congress are fighting this out. And, if you don’t understand what happened to E-Commerce in the 90’s (because somehow, history keeps repeating itself), then read this article from Fast Company. Large corporations were consolidating internet traffic into their own regime, placing huge amounts of control over it, forcing their brand into it, and up-charging for it. E-commerce all but died. Enjoy E-Bay, Amazon, or some other, online shopping service? Had companies like IBM not monopolized and done to the internet what will happen if net neutrality end, then there would be many, many other sites and prices WOULD have dropped!
Don’t just contact your Congressman and Senator and say “I don’t want it”. Do more. Be more. You have power (without the internet, of course – as no net neutrality will exist to stop you from being censored). But – vote. Vote those representatives who betrayed the trust of the American people, OUT of office. And, if you are so inclined, everyone should call for the immediate suspension and removal of Ajit Pai (including an investigation into potential Department of Homeland Security concerns and anti-Constitutional violations of office).
What else can you do? Simple – contact the FCC and tell them what’s going on! And, you can then contact your cable provider, internet provider, and a few networks, and inform them that if the end of net neutrality passes, you will shut off your televisions and end your service. No termination fees will be paid (hard for them to enforce it if 100 million people simultaneously do it). And, what’s the worse thing that happens?
Advertisers don’t get paid. Hollywood actors don’t make money. You get a few months of freedom “jonesing” on your favorite show (which will probably be on Hulu or Netflix soon, anyway). In the meantime, your representatives fight back because businesses are losing money. Hollywood stops putting out for the big corporations because they’re not getting paid anymore. And, suddenly, the nation wakes up and says, “Oh yeah … forgot that we weren’t supposed to SCREW the people we’re already driving nails into… Oops!”
At least, change will happen. But, it can’t just be you. you have friends. You have neighbors. You can wear buttons (I am now … a homemade cheap sticker – but it’s all I have and it gets my point across). You can go to events. You can make phone calls. And, if you get 2 people … and they each get 2 people … and they each get 2 people (and so on), and we use Facebook, Twitter, and all these other stupid social media outlets for some good (for once) – at least you’ll get to see what happens! It’ll be fun!
But, remember – even if you do this – this is America. Money wins. Not freedom. Not Democracy. And, not a Republic. Let the world know, while the internet is still available to you – don’t bother coming here. This isn’t the freest nation on Earth.
If net neutrality goes – this post will probably be banned (or charged for, with no credit to the creator), too. After all … changing history for big money lets it happen over and over. Of course – please do your own research and homework and come to your own conclusions. I can talk about this all day long – but to make an educated decision – you must give yourself an education. This is the base for free choice – which is your right.
Hope I used your time wisely.
Thank you for reading.
Sorry. No quote this post. Nothing to say. Nothing to do now but wait for the voice of freedom to begin ringing out … stretching out … and hopefully keeping some, small faction of America intact.