Pat yourselves on the back, loud internet users, because the FCC has heard us and reclassified internet and mobile broadband as a utility under Title 2. Putting it simply, net neutrality is making a comeback! Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and other big internet providers and the politicians they’ve bought have already (hilariously) expressed their displeasure over the decision, using the same misleading rhetoric they’ve used to back their practices that have harmed consumers and small businesses alike. The FCC has listened to the many outspoken consumers, and sided with the people against the corporations. With this new classificaiton, the internet is considered a utility, and no company can pay to get faster speeds. Not only that, but it may get in the way of the monopoly Comcast has on cable internet. Welcome to the future.
Of course, this is only one small victory in an ongoing war. Verizon already had net neutrality taken down once before, and they’re already working to dismantle it again. They’re joined by their fellow compadres in the fight against an open internet and consumer freedom, Comcast, AT&T, and the politicians they’re funding, like the incredibly biased and misinfored Tea Party member, Ted Cruz of the Republican Party. If we want all businesses, small and large alike, as well as all consuers, to have access to the same webpages, content, and at unthrottled speeds, we’re going to have to keep fighting to break up monopolies and protect this legislation.
With this classification, no ISP will be able to slow down the internet for websites or services, and they won’t be able to charge some customers more for access to their services than others. This means is that Comcast can no longer force Netflix to pay more to get access to the same speeds of other services. Of course, it goes well beyond Netflix and Comcast. Now, no ISP can take advantage of another business or their customers by holding their internet speeds hostage. This is not a plan to regulate the internet, it’s a plan to protect it. This legislation will protect consumers and especially small businesses, keeping the internet open and its users free. Now we have to fight to keep it that way.