At this moment influential lobbyist and politicians in Washington D.C backed by Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T are working towards reversing net neutrality rules that are in place that allows everyone who has access to the internet to share and access information of one’s choosing without interference. The FCC (Federal Communication Commission) Title II is a rule for ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) that they can’t block, throttle or otherwise interfere with web traffic of their customers. The reversal of this ruling means that ISP’s will have the power to censor and have broad controls affecting the marketplace on the internet.
A group of over 190 Internet engineers, pioneers, and technologists filed comments with the FCC on net neutrality. You can read their comments clicking here.
Ladies and gentlemen is all about the fast lane for AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. These ISP’s along with many others are looking beyond websites. They are about writing law on the internet and making an even bigger profit than what they are making. They advocate open internet protections via PR (Public Relations). Ha! Yea right…. They advocate their version of an open internet. Also keeping their ISP competitors at bay.
If these internet service providers get their way its going to be bad news for everyone. Even for the likes of Amazon, Apple, DuckDuckGo, Facebook, Google, Netflix, and your e-commerce website/internet business. Do not let their justification claim of these ISP’s fool you in defense of security for autonomous cars as their demand for “their” fast lanes to carry their data to get transmission priority. Their new punchline of their justification to remove net neutrality is the following. Driver less vehicles need to be able to drive safely based just on the computing and sensor hardware within the car. If in fact this is not possible then an autonomous car is a safety hazard that is not able to drive safely thru remote stretches in the highway where internet signals will disappear. Alone with this thesis, shoot one I would not want to be in an autonomous car, and two I would not be in favor of these cars being sold on the open market if these cars need super super fast connections on the internet for safety’s sake. If the CEO of Intel Brian Krzanich stated that self driving cars will generate 40 terabytes of data every 8 hours they are on the road. Shoot what the heck, there is something wrong with this picture. I like many others are not going to be willing to give up our net neutrality rights for a autonomous technology that its on its infancy. It needs more work in my opinion. Also internet service providers specially those cell phone carriers need to focus on more infrastructure upgrades rather than this silly squabble with net neutrality. That lobbyist money can be used for that or to enhance better support especially at AT&T for better customer support. Sorry AT&T, but its the truth. I hope you make more improvements in that department.
I would also like to take the time and thank all the co-sponsors of S.993 – Restoring Internet Freedom Act bill.
I don’t believe like many of you out there are wanting the Internet’s free services and tools in the net to be affected. If this FCC ruling passes imagine all those people internet line getting slowed down because they have to pay to get more exposure on the internet. Do you pay for Yelp, Craigslist, Github , and free email services providers. Imagine in order to have access to these services they are put on the slow lane of the internet because they cannot pay to be in the fast lane or just because the isp’s decide to. I would like to encourage all to look at these ISP’s and other past excuses against net neutrality.