Net Neutrality News - ISP Reaction to Net Neutrality Support

I've written a lot about net neutrality. Seriously: a lot. Here's another link. And another. There's more in there somewhere.

I'm not the only one who's complaining: major tech companies want nothing to do with the FCC's plan as it was presented, there's been a huge public outcry to support net neutrality, and there are people literally camping outside the FCC headquarters in protest. FCC Chairman Wheeler's plan is is serious trouble. We know he can feel the pressure - he came out to talk to protesters today. Whether that means he's actually open to changing his plan is unclear, of course. We'll find out tomorrow.

If you're still unsure why you should care, you should read Siva Vaidhyanathan's article. It is amazing.

The only ones in love with the end of net neutrality, in fact,  are the ones who stand to gain monetarily from killing it: the ISPs. They are now threatening to "stop investing as much as they do today in network upgrades, and they will have to stop being so innovative." Simply put, they'll have a temper tantrum and stop doing what we pay them to do. I wouldn't worry too much about that, myself. As my cousin John says, "Frankly, I think we could all do with less innovation from the ISPs. All they innovate is ways to charge more & serve less."

(Side note: why can't we all be Chattanooga? Fast Internet Is Chattanooga’s New Locomotive: A taxpayer-owned, fiber-optic network that transfers data at 1 gig/sec for $70/mo...Wow!)

Still, the ISPs have buckets of money and we know money influences politics. If you haven't spoken up yet, do so. If you have, keep doing so! And if you have a tent and live in/near D.C....I know a lovely place where you can camp out tonight! You could also visit one of the FCC offices tomorrow.


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