The Federal Communications Commission met in February to vote on the highly controversial Net Neutrality plan. A plan for the FCC created with the Obama administration.
On a 3-2 vote, despite stating that broadband providers are not allowed their free speech rights, the law was passed and went into effect in June. But, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the nation’s second most powerful court) will hear arguments on the law this December.
Critics of Net Neutrality say it gives the government the power to highly regulate content online. It could restrict websites like the Drudge Report or Fox News.
Even FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, one of the two that voted against the net neutrality rules, said in March that it gives the government to regulate content like the Drudge Report.
“It is conceivable to me to see the government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse,” Pai paints a disturbing picture.
This isn’t a conspiracy theory. Do you remember the fairness doctrine that gave the power to determine if broadcasters were being “fair” when reporting on both sides of an issue?
Net Neutrality doesn’t only give government the ability to possibly exploit the rules, but it could mean paying for services that you got once for free.
This is horrific….!!! We might have to pay to tweet…!!!! #NetNeutrality
— Havish S (@kannadigahavi) August 14, 2015
There is not denying the Internet is a collection of free thought. For some, it is the only place they can be free, but things are changing. Any attempt to limit the freedom of the Internet should be stopped at all costs.