This week many ‘Net Neutrality’ supporters were out in numbers protesting the notion of a corporate internet, leading many to speculate on how the battle of the ‘world wide web’ would pan out.
For those of you who aren’t yet informed on the matter I strongly encourage you to follow this link as it provides a real comprehensive look at what could happen should this occur: https://www.aclu.org/net-neutrality
Essentially, corporate telecommunications companies are hoping to utilize the internet in their favor and regulate the amount of information your computer (i.e. videos, emails, pictures, etc). That means, they can regulate the speed your router loads websites and date and encourage those of us who don’t like it, to shell out for a better service package and bleed you of your money. It’s a nice scheme for the big wigs who are getting the extra cash but a big ‘fuck you’ to the rest of us regular folks who just want to watch some of ‘The Wire’ online. What would occur should this sort of bullshit pass, is that there will be a ‘fast lane’ and a ‘slow lane’ for those who aren’t willing to fork over hundreds a month for good service. The internet will now become a luxury for the average US citizen and force many of us to give it up entirely.
Barack Obama, has yet to really take a stand on the matter as far as talking points go, but if his recent appointment of Tom Wheeler as chairman of the FCC is any indicator, than we’re all royally fucked. Keep in mind Mr. Wheeler was himself a venture capitalist and lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry, with positions including President of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). It’s like putting an alcoholic in charge of the liquor store. Myself and many others can only hope that things go the right way and prevent this type of cronyism from happening but then again, ‘money talks’.