Ajit Pai and the FCC Will Dismantle Net Neutrality, Damage Internet, Speech and Commerce

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is hellbent on destroying the Internet as we know it, and he’s doing it based on a lie. In a feat of willful ignorance or outright deceit, Mr. Pai believes that free market competition can keep the Internet open when there is no competition.

Net Neutrality graffiti on a brick wall

Net Neutrality, the writing’s on the wall

Just get a load of this bull%#$@ statement from Chairman Pai, reported by The New York Times:

From the piece:

Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet. Instead, the F.C.C. would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.

The proposal is expected to be approved on December 14th in a party-line vote. Ajit Pai has been gunning for Net Neutrality for years.

Mr. Pai knows most markets in the U.S. have no competition for broadband. Many cities specifically award broadband providers monopolies in exchange for developing the infrastructure. The FCC’s own data shows that through the end of 2015, less than half of households had access to more than one provider at speeds of 25Mbps (with 3Mbps upload). Bump that up to 100Mbps downloads (with 10 Mbps uploads), and fewer than 10 percent had access to multiple providers.

Yet Mr. Pai has systematically dismantled consumer protections on the premise that informed consumers can choose a plan right for them.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Filthy Liars

It’s a lie. It’s a bald faced lie. The only thing in doubt is whether Ajit Pai knows he’s a filthy liar or somehow lying in blissful ignorance.

The reality is Ajit Pai’s policies will create redlined slums on the internet, damage speech, and help foster predatory commercial practices hurting consumers. The internet as we know it depends on equal access to bandwidth to all comers. Allowing companies like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and other telecom giants to block sites, services, or simply charge more to access them screws consumers and will make it difficult for new players to enter a variety of markets.

It’s also a threat to free speech, access to information, competition, and eventually, democracy itself.

Lies Work Less Well in Court

Mr. Pai has made it clear he cares not one whit for facts or reality, and that he will destroy Net Neutrality. So while lobbying from companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and others won’t stop this FCC, they will be sued nine ways to Sunday. These companies have more money than the telecom giants pushing the FCC to screw us all. And they’re likely to go to court over this.

While all that’s happening, if you care about Net Neutrality, make that one of the things you vote on. Call your members of Congress (Senate, House of Representatives), and in the next election, find out what your candidate’s stance is on the subject and vote accordingly.

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geoduck
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geoduck

Somebody call Don McLean. This will go down as The Day The Internet Died.

John Kheit
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John Kheit

Nice rant. We covered more details on this on the last pop.0 here at time marker 26:43:

https://youtu.be/IBuAEKZJcpI?t=26m43s

Scott Goldman
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Scott Goldman

Allow me to play the Devil’s Advocate here in order to get a true exchange of ideas rather than a rant. Further, I’ll specify that I do not work for a telecom company and in fact own and run a business that must buy services from various telecoms, making me far more critical (and knowledgable) than most about how they price their services. For openers much of this opinion piece – particularly the nastiest parts – is based on sheer speculation. There is no proof whatsoever, in any form, anywhere, that the reversal of “net neutrality” laws will “destroy the… Read more »

geoduck
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geoduck

The point is that Net Neutrality is the way it always has been since the internet was set up in the late ’80s. The idea that all traffic gets the same service was one of the cornerstones of the World Wide Web. It was not codified until it was under threat and the FCC during the Obama Administration attempted to establish a precedent of ISPs being common carriers. But from day one that was the standard. You ask if I have ever seen a slowdown and the answer is no. No because Net Neutrality was understood. Without it you WILL… Read more »

Scott Goldman
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Scott Goldman

Thank you for your reply and for keeping it civilized. My responses are below: The point is that Net Neutrality is the way it always has been since the internet was set up in the late ’80s. The idea that all traffic gets the same service was one of the cornerstones of the World Wide Web. It was not codified until it was under threat and the FCC during the Obama Administration attempted to establish a precedent of ISPs being common carriers. But from day one that was the standard. Yes, it has always been this way and it has… Read more »

CudaBoy
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CudaBoy

Mr Goldman is absolutely wrong and misinformed. Look at the history or deregulation and tell me when it ever worked…not in Banking, not in Finance. All Obama did was to make sure NOTHING CHANGES. There is no grey area here and your pseudo politeness is masking your obvious bias towards big business. Your analogy to electricity bills fails for a number of reasons not the least of which is end users DO have the ability to buy different upload and download speeds now – and that is NOT the issue, do you understand that? The issue is whether ISPs can… Read more »

Scott Goldman
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Scott Goldman

In response to your comments: Mr Goldman is absolutely wrong and misinformed. Look at the history or deregulation and tell me when it ever worked…not in Banking, not in Finance. Wow. Talk about wrong and misinformed. Deregulation didn’t work? When was the last time you looked at your phone bill? Before deregulation AT&T was charging $0.45/minute for cell phone calls and $1+/minute for overseas calls. After regulation, long distance charges are practically zero and international charges largely non-existent thanks to Skype, WhatsApp and other apps that were created in the deregulated environment. Or how about the airlines? Prior to deregulation… Read more »

CudaBoy
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CudaBoy

Happy Holidays to you and yours, too, bud – a little kindness never hurt. <<Prior to deregulation in the 1980s you couldn’t find a coast-to-coast flight for > Well, once you are proven to be liberal with facts you lose in court literally and in the public court. I never spent more than $250-$350 flying from Hollywood to East Coast year after back in the 70’s so I can’t take your “facts” seriously. Regulations are just rules – without rules you may get anarchy. Obama didn’t CHANGE anything, he merely made the status quo a rule in fairness to the… Read more »

CudaBoy
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CudaBoy

<> was that an insult? See? Hypocrite. Anyway, take it up with Mac Ob – you must be new here because for years I’ve had a real photo avatar but Mac Ob changed a year or so ago to Gravatar or some 3rd party co. for avatar manipulation and that’s where I draw the line. – it was a sign-up and intrusion for something that was un necessary. OTOH, you are nuts to think you have any more cred on the net because you posted a stock photo from Google images and claim it’s you? Really? You get my point,… Read more »

CudaBoy
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CudaBoy

Do you remember when the Internet was free to access and use? I do. And then the birth of Alta Vista and newborn ‘websites’…..all FREE. Just WHO ordains that capitalism MUST be involved with EVERYTHING?? It is sickening that the ignorant A,T&Ts and Big Cable Time -Warner Comcasts of the world that were NOWHERE to be found until broadband was mature to now come in and declare the Net is a Utility and everything now is a for-profit model. Bullshit. And now they want to even further skew the tables in favor of the Big Media that didn’t give a… Read more »

CudaBoy
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CudaBoy

I would like to apologize for my misspelling in above rant – your/you’re…. okay guy/lawyer KIDDING!!!!! Auto spell does crazy things now… 🎸

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Kenneth Corum

It’s noteworthy that FCC chairman Ajit Pai is an Obama appointee who worked with then President Obama to regulate the internet for the first time. Now, the same person is modifying or deregulating it. I can’t remember carriers ever being customer driven. AT&T, Charter,, etc. are in it for themselves. It could get really ugly, but the overall philosophy has been there for many years.