Noah J Nelson on Monday, Jul. 14th
Okay, so the headline might be a little over-the-top, but this is the Internet and I wanted you to click.
The war over the Federal Communication Commission’s rules that will govern the Internet won’t end tomorrow, it will likely go on for years. The latest battle, which sees citizen advocates and Internet giants like Google and Facebook joining forces to fend of a move by Internet Service Providers like Verizon to establish “fast lanes” on the Internet, does come to a turning point this week. The “public comment” period over net neutrality rules will come to a close on Tuesday at midnight.
After that the FCC will consider how the public has weighed in… and then probably do whatever the hell they want to anyway.
Just don’t let that happen without an actual fight. As Boing Boing says in an unsigned editorial:
If you do one thing this year to make the world a better place, do this. There’s lots of important stuff out there — the situation in Syria and Iraq, global warming, mass surveillance. But without a free and fair and open Internet, we’ll never be able to organize to change it.
I know that we pretty much live in a cyberpunk dystopia where corporations have more rights that flesh and blood people, but that doesn’t mean we have to roll over and go back to sleep.