The FCC voted in favor of the repeal of Net Neutrality today with a vote of 3-2, and you won’t have to pay $49.99 for Twitter.
Despite the massive uproar proceeding and now following the vote, not much changes now. No matter how much the concept of Net Neutrality seems fundamental to freedom, we can not forget the world before Net Neutrality.
The year was 2015, and the internet was a luxury. Only the elite had access to it, and internet-providing companies charged whatever they saw fit for access to whichever websites they wanted to see succeed.
Net Neutrality didn’t exist until the Obama administration passed the regulations in 2015, and before that nobody was complaining.
The reason I have been rooting for the fall of Net Neutrality since its conception. It’s nothing more than crony capitalism in favor of web giants like Facebook and Google. That’s why the support net neutrality, since it targets their competitors. The better way to ensure net neutrality is to breathe more capitalism into the Internet Service Provider (ISP) market rather than adding on more government control.
Ironically, Net Neutrality was a form of censorship itself. It is obviously, then, not the kind of blatant censorship that one would expect under totalitarian governments, but the FCC has a way of being subtle in how they control content.
Past regulations allowed for the ISP giants to continually dominate the field without the prospect of competition. The repeal of Net Neutrality will make it easier for smaller companies to start up, even if they only offer limited internet access.
The repeal of this bill will mean the repeal of restraints on ISPs and promote true capitalism, not the potential crony-run nonsense induced by Net Neutrality.
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