Today, the FCC voted, 3-2, to adopt net neutrality regulations and protect the internet.
— Rep. Mike Honda (@RepMikeHonda) February 26, 2015
This is huge for us, huge for internet users. Here’s why.
The internet is, right now, one giant internet to which everyone, if you have internet access, has access to the entire thing. You can visit websites, stream videos, scroll through images. You can do it all, and it’s fantastic.
Internet providers, however, wanted to change this. They wanted to discriminate what runs on their cables, essentially offering shitty internet as the norm, good internet as a premium, for which one must pay more.
Now, the fight isn’t over. The massive cable companies are lobbying hard to swing this their way and, as the close 3-2 vote shows, are nearly there. Today’s ruling simply saw the FCC give itself the power to defeat anti net neutrality moves by internet providers.
CNN Money writes, “The FCC just granted itself the power to defeat a raging, fire-breathing monster: the monopolistic network owners who can kill Internet freedom by blocking websites — or by creating an Internet fast lane for the privileged few rich tech companies that can pay for it.”
So, be happy for now. Enjoy the internet. For the time being, it shall not change. But know that we must continue to fight to enjoy the internet as we enjoy it today; those rich bastards won’t stop anytime soon.