In the FCC’s vote, three Democrats voted in favor of the Internet being regulated like a utility, much like the telephone or radio is regulated. The two Republicans of the FCC voted against the measure.
But what does all this mean?
For starters it means the federal government will be able to control the Internet. Not necessarily the best thing in the world.
Democrats voted for the legislation because they believe it will help keep the Internet open. According to Fox News, “On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid ‘fast lanes’ on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies worry would edge out cash-strapped startups and smaller Internet-based businesses. Chairman Tom Wheeler said it would ensure an ‘open, unfettered network.’”
And while that might seem all well and good, the problem is it hands over the regulation of the Internet to a government who isn’t well known for transparency.
The problems that could come from Federal regulation are many.
Two of the biggest problems are the amounts you pay for the Internet will likely increase (as if they aren’t already high enough) and the Internet speeds you presently experience will likely slow down.
What else would you expect?
Anytime the government gets in the way the quality of services and good seems to disappear.
While privacy advocates say Net Neutrality is good for freedom of speech you might ask yourself how that’s even possible?
Under Obama the NSA has picked up an incredible amount of personal information about private citizens, so privacy has already been done away with. If the government is in control of the Internet, that means they might be able to control who’s allowed to own a website, what websites you’re allowed to go to, and it might even open up the door to possible censorship of dissenting opinion.
That’s not exactly in the best interest of freedom and liberty.
Many people have been fooled into thinking that the regulation of the Internet was vital. They asserted big business was working against the “little man” and so the “good guy” government needed to step in.
Well, you can banks on this. The more control the government has over private industry the worse it is for freedom and liberty.
The idea behind net neutrality is good in theory. But that theory also presumes the government is benevolent and not bent towards acquiring power and control.
You can be sure Obama is rubbing his hands together, happy with his victory. His win is your loss.
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