Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Net neutrality will be killed

Yes, we the people fought back and hard to maintain net neutrality and soon it will be gone. Trump has said "it's an attack on the internet" and we know the GOP wants it gone because it cuts the greedy profiteering of the ISPs who give them bigly payback. And Trump has appointed an anti-net neutrality crusader funded by the telecom industry to the FCC transition team. Even a 3rd-grader (or a Trump voter) should figure out what's next. Get ready to pay out the ass for internet service, and to have your favorite progressive content blocked or disappear altogether. And no, that's not hyperbole.From fightforthefuture.org via email:

No matter what you think about the election, one thing is clear: Net Neutrality is in the cross hairs.
Donald Trump has called Net Neutrality an "attack on the internet" and a "top down power grab," even though neither of those things is true.[1] Many members of Congress are already making plans to gut the rules we worked so hard to win. 

And now Trump has has put Jeffrey Eisenach, an anti-Net Neutrality crusader funded by Verizon, AT&T, and Clear Channel, in charge of the FCC transition. 

That's why The Washington Post is reporting that Trump is on the verge of "all but erasing” Net Neutrality.[2] 

But this isn't the first time telecommunications lobbyists thought Net Neutrality was dead--and every time the public backlash has been enormous. Now we need to fight again.
The FCC's Net Neutrality rule is the only thing stopping Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner from blocking, throttling, and censoring the Internet either for political reasons or for profit. 

Trump will definitely have the power to go after Net Neutrality if he wants to. He'll soon pick a new FCC chairman and shortly after will get to replace the swing vote on Net Neutrality at the FCC.
That's why one top industry analyst this week said that under Trump, "Net neutrality has a big target on its back."[3] And Breitbart News, the alt-right news website run by Trump strategic advisor Steve Bannon said last week that "Net Neutrality is dead."[4] 

But we heard the same predictions of doom for Net Neutrality when George W. Bush and Barack Obama were in office too. Every time, we used the collective power of the internet to defend freedom of expression and openness online. And we still haven’t been beaten.
When Barack Obama proposed bad policies on Net Neutrality, we stood up to him, and won. Now we'll do the same with with the new president. And all the evidence so far says that under President Trump, Net Neutrality is in deep, deep trouble. 

But we've fought too long and too hard to win Net Neutrality to let it all get erased now. Will you chip in to help save it?
Yes, I'll chip in to help save Net Neutrality.
For the Internet,
-Holmes Wilson & Tiffiniy Cheng, Fight for the Future

[1] Twitter: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/532608358508167168
[2] The Washington Post: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/us/politics/trump-campaigned-against-lobbyists-now-theyre-on-his-transition-team.html?_r=0
[3] The Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/11/10/net-neutrality-has-a-big-target-on-its-back-under-trump-administration-analysts-say/
[4] Breitbart News: http://www.breitbart.com/california/2016/11/10/trump-win-means-fcc-net-neutrality-regulation-dead/

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