Scribe: N. Tru Bass
One year down since net neutrality protections kept us semi-safe and assuring online traffic is equally treated are gone.
Net neutrality prevented communication companies for charging for higher speeds and privacy in SMS and email messages. The old rules changed with the new administration and the placement of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, who took charge of the agency two years ago.
Last year the old rules came off the books, (11 June 2018). Today, Activists continue to protest as Senate Democrats attempt to force a vote of Save the Internet Act which the house passed two months ago. The legislation would restore the FCC’s authority to police the internet and would restore the old 2015 rules that include ban on blocking, throttling and paid prioritization.
Verizon, Comcast and Charter invested less in their networks after the net neutrality rules were repealed and recently At&T has decided to do the same. This move and the control given the companies with the roll back on net neutrality, takes control from the people and puts into the hands of the providers.
Information can be sold to law enforcement, bounty hunters, and criminals alike without consequence. If the communication company throttles the fire department there is nothing that can be done. It’s reminiscent to the Bank and Insurance industry when the companies gained too much control of function.
As a reminder, Net Neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally, regardless of whether you’re checking Facebook, posting pictures to Instagram or streaming movies from Netflix. It also means the communication companies can’t favor their own content or a higher paying corporation.