(I have blathered on before in this space about Net Neutrality, but I know that in the past three months I’ve gained a number of new readers (Hello, new readers!), so this one is for you.)
On February 26th, the Federal Communications Commission is voting on whether or not grant the internet Title II protections, like other utilities.
There are some noises that perhaps the commission is leaning towards reclassifying the net as a Title II utility, which would ensure equal access across the breadth and width of the United States. Like water or power, as long as you pay your bill, you get your service–at the same rate and with the same speed as everyone else, no matter who the provider or the customer.
Unfortunately, Tom Wheeler seems inclined to grant preferential treatment to powerful, influential, big money companies–such as Comcast and AT&T–and the FCC originally voted to change how the internet is viewed, which would allow those same companies to change all users premiums in order to have access to certain corners of the net.
Needless to say, this would also allow corporations and/or political parties to hide, and effectively hide, some uncomfortable voices and points of view, simply by making them too slow to load.
Make no mistake that this is a political game backed by powerful corporations.
The game has gotten a tad more interesting lately, though, with Google coming out in favor of the Title II decision. It would, after all, grant them access to the infrastructure needed to roll out Google Fiber faster and cheaper.
Some interesting stuff below the cut.
Explained in very clear terms:
For the more technically inclined:
(Read a bit more about the video here)
For humor, see how Matt Inman of The Oatmeal took up the banner.
Or, if you don’t mind some seriously NSFW language, you could watch what John Oliver had to say back in June: