FCC Complicity in the Corporate Murder of the Internet

As predicted, the FCC is lining itself up to favor corporate interests over the greater success of the Internet and the protection of consumers:

FCC Chief: AT&T Can Limit Net Bandwidth

No shock, I guess. The goal of this administration has always been to maximize profits of corporate interests. Who cares if it’s short-sighted? The desire is to pocket as much as possible before the entire system collapses…

This is the next step in what I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.

So get ready to pay your ISP for service while Google and others pay for their service and then pay yet again to be allowed passage across an increasingly segmented and tiered Internet. Oh, and don’t forget that those sites that can’t pay up just won’t even get a shot… thus ending much of the great revolution that was once the Internet as we know it.

Call me reactionary or fatalistic… but this is how it starts, folks (much like the Patriot Act and your ever-eroding civil rights).

UPDATE: Everybody is piling on the topic: dvorak.org/blog, Slashdot and Digg.

2 Responses to “FCC Complicity in the Corporate Murder of the Internet”

  1. queengreene says:

    my homeschooled high school student just did a speech on this topic in the last few weeks. Few people knew that the Patriot Act was just an update the the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, enacted by then president Jimmy Carter. So the PA is but one erosion of our rights, it’s been going on for some years. Never heard it mentioned on the news, and none of the kids in the class had seen any records of it on surface research.
    Whether or not the intentions were pure is another argument altogether.

  2. Aaron says:

    Honestly, I question the concept of the PA simply being an update. In fact, I’d tend to use the word “perversion” or “end-run” rather than “update”… but that’s just me. 🙂
    In fact, the PA eliminated a lot of the checks and balances that existed with FISA and other laws making it far, far more dangerous. FISA, as you know, is central to the entire wiretap dispute currently going on. You know… the one congress refuses to truly investigate and the media treats as a “one the one hand” and “on the other hand” pseudo-debate.
    Among the zillions of resources on the net debating (and spinning) anaylsis of the PA, here’s one that covers some of it in a pretty readable form (including the “update” concept):
    http://action.aclu.org/reformthepatriotact/facts.html
    I am in total agreement with reference to “erosion” of our rights, though. No administration has eroded our rights more than the Bush admin while constantly using fear as a cudgel. At the heart of much of it once you peel away all the layers is profit for corporations and continued centralization of power in the hands of fewer and fewer people. There’s a reason he’s now being referred to as “The Imperial President”…
    – Aaron