Net Neutrality is a fancy word that muffles what’s really going on here: Cable Operators want to charge consumers more money to access the open Internet. Imagine your Internet coming in “packages” that limit your access to Facebook and Youtube unless you pony up more. It sets up a dangerous stage for small businesses to lose the ability to come in and build better services that compete with those sites.
Our own government is complacent with this shit: The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. As a site operator, I care because it puts Destructoid in grave danger if I have to ask people to pay a newsstand price for access (and that money wouldn’t even reach the editorial team, the IPS might want a cut). The whole thing is horrible for every small site you love.
I forgot to mention – they want to tax people at both ends of the pipe. Even if you pay for the fastest internet possible if that website doesn’t pay for “the fast lane” your connection to them can suffer. You can see why they’re in love with this idea.
For example, had Net Neutrality passed a few years back we all might be stuck with MySpace, for example – the “had to have” site of the time. The whole idea sucks so much cheetah dick that I can’t imagine it’s still being debated in congress. Oh yeah, I know why they’re still spending a fortune lobbying for it – because it represents a huge amount of new revenue for cable and internet companies if they force this thing up our asses. Don’t let them get away with it!
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by Gentle Niero