On February 26, 2015, President Obama passed one of the most progressive pieces of internet legislation in cyber history regarding Net Neutrality, delighting informed progressives and tech-savvy spectacle-wearing internet users who read wired magazine and buzzfeed. Net Neutrality was all about fighting telecommunications companies like Verizon who might try to block, slow down or throttle traffic to specific websites, based on their size and popularity, forcing them to treat every website equally. The act also cleverly allowed the internet to be regulated by the FCC, who can be trusted to be fair and not censor anything that doesn’t deserve to be censored, unlike corporations, who can’t be trusted because they only care about money and power. Yesterday, however, Trump repealed these amazing regulations, handing CORPORATIONS total power to choose which services they provide to their customers and reducing the FCC’s power to regulate the internet!
The entire accredited media is up in arms over this corporate power grab, including CNN, the Guardian, the New York Times and the Huffington Post. Very rarely do ALL accredited media outlets express the same view in unison, so we know this must be a really bad thing! The variety of progressive news outlets and grass roots progressive campaigns with scary red backgrounds popping up on progressive sites like Wikipedia has created a tidal wave of progressive support for net neutrality from people who DON’T LIKE STINKIN’ CORPORATIONS OK??
The Verizon shill behind this decision, Ajit Pai, is Trump’s fascist FCC chairman. When Obama was about to pass Net Neutrality in 2015, Ajit said that:
“President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet. It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works.”
A total lie! Look at this “libertarian” shill explain to corporate apologists “reason TV” that handing over total power to CORPORATIONS to manage the internet is s good idea:
Wrong, wrong, wrong Ajit! We can’t trust corporations to be fair! “FAIRNESS” is a GOOD WORD, “NEUTRALITY” is a GOOD WORD, and “CORPORATION“is a BAD WORD! We CAN, however, trust the FCC to be totally fair and not start licensing people to have websites and servers, or censor things their special interests don’t like. We should give them total power, just like we gave the government power over healthcare with Obamacare and over retirement planning with social security – both great successes! In each case, we complained about corporations, and the public agreed with us, but now we have a FASCIST administration who doesn’t even care about hundreds of warnings about ending net neutrality with RED BACKGROUNDS!
Get informed, and stay vigilant, because the internet is under attack. We need the mask-wearing hackers, Anonymous, to save us from these telecommunications companies and put us back under the control of the FCC, where we can be safe and protected. Without this law, we will be forced to go back to the way the internet was in early 2015! Can you imagine what a disaster that will be?? Make your voice heard, and let Trump know that you don’t support corporations and you want to be regulated by the FCC! So all together now, let’s chant: Set us free! FCC! Give us net neutrality!