Court Ruling on the Internet: make it Pricey and Slow?
|January 16, 2014||Posted by Staff under Inequality / Concentration|
This 2014 excerpt of Common Dreams, Jan 15, is by Jon Queally.
If not properly challenged, Tuesday’s ruling by a US appellate court allowing the nation’s largest telecommunication companies (ie, telecom giants like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast) to create elite digital pathways for chosen content could spell the death of the internet as the world has come to know it.
If your cable company wants to make streaming video from its services lightning fast and free from data caps, while slowing down YouTube and counting that data against your monthly allotment, now it can do so.
Companies like Verizon can create tiered pricing structures with fast lanes for those who can afford the tolls — and slow lanes for everyone else.
The FCC could respond boldly to the decision by the three judge panel [judges are merely lawyers with immunity] by moving to reclassify broadband Internet access as in the public interest.
Little by little over the years, the pro-competitive rules, the pro-consumer rules were whittled away by the power of the telecom lobby which controls a sizable amount of votes, Democratic and Republican in the Senate and House.
AT&T and Verizon bought up the ‘old’ AT&T and MCI in 2006.
Critics say only decisive action and a groundswell of popular pressure aimed at the FCC, the White House, members of Congress, and the telecommunication giants now hoping to exert total control over the digital platform’s information highways can turn the tables.
Ed. Notes: People get rich either by growing the pie and getting a nice slice or by not growing the pie and just getting a bigger slice of existing wealth, like a troll under a bridge. We should make the latter way illegal, and de-tax the first way. Then fortunes will be earned and will measure contributions to society, not extractions from society, as the court ruling on the internet makes possible. I was hoping the internet would play a major role in transforming economies into systems that work right for everybody, not just a trough for the greedy insiders. Maybe the petition will keep the internet in our future as it has been in our past.