By now you know that Obama has sold us out on net neutrality -- just as he sold us out on government transparency, privacy, NAFTA, war, and a lot of other things that were part of his original campaign. If you're a fan of casuistry -- and as I always say, strained rationalization is the highest form of humor -- you'll enjoy reading FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's defense of his turnaround
. He makes clear, incidentally, the there will be no blocking of "legal content" -- which means that ISPs will be able to turn off the torrents.
A Kevin Drum
So Google and Microsoft and Netflix and other large, well-capitalized incumbents will pay for speedy service. Smaller companies that can't—or that ISPs just aren't interested in dealing with—will get whatever plodding service is left for everyone else.
(who knows a lot about this stuff) says that the new FCC rules are even worse than most people think:
The FCC is authorizing cable and phone companies to start making different deals with thousands or millions of websites, extracting money from sites that need to load quickly and reliably. So users will notice that Netflix or Hulu works better than Amazon Prime, which buffers repeatedly and is choppy. New sites will come along and be unable to compete with established giants. If we had had such discrimination a decade ago, we would still be using MySpace, not Facebook, because Facebook would have been unable to compete.
I personally think that Facebook was not such a good thing, but I still agree with Ammori's basic premise: The new rules will make current behemoths even behemothier, while new start-ups won't be able to compete. Or, to put it another way,
“The FCC is inviting ISPs to pick winners and losers online,” Michael Weinberg, vice president at Public Knowledge, a Washington-based consumer-advocacy group, said in a statement. “This is not Net neutrality. This standard allows ISPs to impose a new price of entry for innovation on the Internet.”
By the way:
When the Tea Party first entered the public eye, they spent a lot of time spreading anti-Net Neutrality propaganda. This fact told me that the TP was never just a grassroots group of anti-Obama libertarians who were later co-opted by the GOP machine. No, the TP was of the machine from Day 1.
So how do we fight this thing? These guys
have some good ideas. Here's the key point:
The court clearly told the FCC that if it wishes to ensure Internet users can send and receive information free from ISP interference, then the agency must classify ISPs as telecom carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.
That's it. That is freakin' IT
But how do we get there? It'll be a tough fight.
But now is the time for action. The next three weeks are absolutely crucial to building the public pressure it will take to get the FCC to scrap this wreck and do what it should have done in the first place: reclassify broadband.
So sign a petition and spread the word. Call Tom Wheeler right now and remind him he works for you — and that you won’t settle for anything less than real Net Neutrality.
Start making plans to be in Washington, D.C., on May 15 to stand up for the open Internet. FCC commissioners spend too much time staring at lobbyists: They need to see our faces.
What if you had only three weeks to save the Internet? What would you do?
Whatever it is, you should drop everything and do it right now.
have even more.
To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail
Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov
To call and contact commissioner’s offices, call 1-888-225-5322.
In addition, call your elected representatives. Tell them if net neutrality is ended, you will hold them accountable by withholding your vote. Both parties hope to control the senate after the mid-term elections, so you have more power than usual to let them know they are losing your vote if they fail to take action to stop the FCC proposal. The number for Congress is 202-224-3121.
There's also a petition
Remember: Defeatism never solved anything.