(CNN) – Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time
If we learned that the government was planning to limit our First Amendment rights, we’d be outraged. After all, our right to be heard is fundamental to our democracy.
Well, our free speech rights are under assault — not from the government but from corporations seeking to control the flow of information in America. Read More Here
(ActivistPost) – FCC Abandons Efforts for Net Neutrality Compromise: Allows Google and Verizon to Write the Regulations – Read More Here
(PoorRichardsBlog) – Google, Verizon Web Deal Could Upend Net Neutrality – Read More Here
(ActivistPost) – Video: The Trust Crisis with Regulating Net Neutrality
Since it was reported that Google and Verizon are close to a deal on so-called “net neutrality,” the policy debate has heated up in Washington. Of course the debate has very little to do with the actual mechanics of how net neutrality will work, rather who will get the control to regulate it.
However, now that the FCC has abandoned negotiations on a “net neutrality” compromise, it is looking like the Congress will ultimately establish the rules — handed down to them by their corporate masters. It seems the Elite’s fight over who controls the dial has been decided. One thing is for sure, whoever controls the speed dial on the Internet will control the entire Web and subsequently all flow of information.
This is where the problem lies: the American people don’t have any trust in their government, regulatory agencies, or corporations. In fact, it seems that these three entities typically work in unison to establish profit and power guarantees that can only be described as monopolistic cartels where power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We the people have lost our voice in nearly all legislation or regulation debates. And doing away with net neutrality — the people’s last bastion of free speech — is the endgame for the power of the people.
Why do we need Net Neutrality protections? What is Net Neutrality?
Yes, broadband companies have real bandwidth concerns, and the telecom industry is losing money to the likes of Skype and Vonage. It is also looking like cable companies and video stores are nearly obsolete because of the expansion of the Internet. But we, the little guy, the blogger, the info-warrior, the casual web-surfer don’t really give a shit about that. What we care about is free neutral access to all information and our privacy while getting that information.
It’s unfortunate that those industries couldn’t adapt fast enough to take advantage of the free market the Web has to offer. Just like the free market collapsed on General Motors and the banks, that tends to happen when the free market rejects your activities. In a real fee market those companies would die, and others in the industry would either adapt or end up just like them. That is how the free market self-regulates.
Globalist and heavyweight propagandist Rupert Murdoch is so confident that people will soon be forced to pay more for information, that he’s already built in the pay infrastructure to his media empire’s websites.
Back when Murdoch first announced these plans, which were going to limit the sharing of content from his sites, Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, publicly made fun of him saying, “he obviously doesn’t know how the Internet works.”
That may be true, but given his status in Elite circles, I’m willing to bet he knows exactly how it’s going to work once the new control grid is in place.
Source: Activist Post