The Internet’s Been Hijacked!
Our Twitter graphic calling attention to the end of net neutrality went viral last week. The point is – this is what the Slow Lane of the Internet could soon look like.
The Trump faction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has hijacked the Internet for super-rich corporate America. Ignoring protests submitted by millions of regular consumers, the FCC’s Republican majority voted last week to end net neutrality.
I’ve already joined with a number of my colleagues in sponsoring legislation to reverse this anti-consumer decision. But in the meantime, out the door will go rules that have prevented giant telecom corporations like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast from creating a two-lane Internet – a fast lane for the wealthy who can pay, and a slow lane – or no lane at all – for everyone else left behind.
Now for example, with net neutrality rules gone, big box mega-store chains can pay their Internet service providers a premium price to speed online circulars to customers. Meanwhile, regular priced online offers from your local, family-owned hardware store will wait their turn. And don’t be surprised when your Internet provider begins offering high-priced service plans that look like Cable TV –where you have to buy lots of channels you don’t want to get the few you like and use.
In short, the end of net neutrality will be bad for consumers, bad for small businesses, and bad for everyone who has come to depend on fast, dependable Internet in daily life. Mark my words – I’m going to do all I can to put the Internet back in the hands of regular people – not wealthy service providers and the huge corporate interests that can pay for Cadillac level service others can’t afford.
We will keep you posted as events proceed. Meanwhile, I want to hear your thoughts. Feel free to contact any of our offices listed below or send me an email.
Read the full letter HERE.