What Net Neutrality means for sites like HopeChangeChoices.org

  1. What is Net Neutrality

…BTW the internet you know now is based on net-neutrality and Tier 2 principles.

  1. What does the FCC want to do.
  • What the FCC wants to do, is make discrimination of content legal… AND remove the transparency rules that would let you know what content a provider might discriminate against…  AND continue to allow Telecom local market monopoly/duopoly… AND prevent municipalities from offering public internet service.

…BTW the folks who invented the internet have a nice open letter explaining how the current FCC doesn’t understand how the internet works

  1. What opponents say:
    1. Net-Neutrality allows bad stuff and doesn’t make the world better:   People make the world what it is, so please use the net for good.   The same argument can be made for roads and all public spaces.  Placing the restrictions on freedom in the hands of a couple of companies and removing public oversight is a worse policy.
    2. Net-Neutrality is a power grab by the government to control the internet from companies:  False in so many ways. The government through your tax dollars invested in the invention and propagation of the internet.  The government through statutes and regulations keeps the internet open and accessible not closed and limited.
    3. Telecoms stopped investing when Net-Neutrality rules were formalized in 2015:    Though Telecom investment did slow in 2015, correlation is not causation.  At the same time T-mobile lowered operating revenues, bandwidth auctions at the FCC sucked up capital, 4G proliferation and lack of 5G standards provided limited motivation for investment, 2016 elections provided an incentive for a wait and see approach by telecoms.
    4. T-Mobile’s Binge program gave users free data and net-neutrality ruined it:   This is some twisted vision, and one of Pai’s central arguments.  T-mobile Binge is data you pay for, not free.  T-Mobile called some data “free”, and then implied other data sources are “paid”, you paid for both data sources, T-mobile just really wanted you to hangout in what they felt were the best places for you.

…BTW here is FCC chairman Ajit Pai laughing about being a Manchurian Candidate for Verizon.

  1. Why I care:
  • I like freedom for people first.  I grew up on an open internet.  I trust open systems.   I do not trust telecoms to have my best interests in mind.  I can’t pay to have my site promoted to readers via Facebook or a Telco, the way LASchoolReport can afford to.

…BTW this is where you get Rick Rolled…because the internet

  1. What you can do:
    1. Email the FCC
      1. Ajit Pai, Chairman (Republican) – Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
      2. Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner (Democract) – Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
      3. Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner (Republican) – Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov
      4. Brendan Carr, Commissioner (Republican) – Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
      5. Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner (Democrat) – Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
    2. File a comment with the FCC
      1. The most direct option is to voice your opposition straight to the FCC. To do so, just head to this website on a computer (it may not work on your phone). Under “Proceeding(s)” write “17-108″; and then fill out the rest of the form with your personal information. In the comments box at the bottom, say that you support net neutrality and Title 2 oversight of ISPs.
    3. Call your congress person
      1. The EFF has a great site for contacting your congress person on Net-Neutrality