The issue of “Net Neutrality” has been a pretty common topic on the interwebs as of late, but recent developments in DC have indicated that Net Neutrality has perished. For those who do not know, Net Neutrality is the name given to the idea that all internet users should have equal internet speed without discrimination. Companies like Comcast have been lobbying their way through DC, and are currently number two on the list of lobbying companies, to ultimately get their way. They want the legal green light to slow down internet speed for standard customers and charge extra for higher speeds. From a business perspective, it’s genius! It’s almost like selling an incomplete video game and selling the rest for another chunk of money…

The courts have ruled in favor of the new rules stating that companies can charge extra for faster internet. Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, can legally block websites, applications, or services. But don’t fret, my fellow internet users! President Obama has assigned Tom Wheeler as the head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate these companies and “keep the web free.” Oh, I almost forgot, Tom Wheeler is the previous head of the Comcast lobbying arm. Still feel relieved? Thanks, Obama. Believe it or not, Wheeler is actually letting us give our opinions directly to the FCC at this link here. I hope it doesn’t take too long to load…

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I must admit, the fight against this injustice is an uphill battle. For me, personally, the fight involves a bit of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” type alliances, like the corrupt ACLU and the terrorist endorsing Anonymous who have been on the front lines doing something worthwhile for a change. If we make a big enough statement, just maybe the big companies will give up their monopoly on internet service and keep our online rights secure!

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