How the FCC Plans to Save the Internet By Destroying It: An Explainer

Ryan Singel, E|FL 2.0, Apr 26, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Everybody and their dog has already covered the FCC's recent decision to end net neutrality (their feeble objections notwithstanding). It's a U.S. decision but as we know once enshrined into American law a campaign will then follow to entrench it into world trade legislation, requiring countries to pay penalties for lost profits should they attempt to enact net neutrality, as Brazil has done (just as a Canadian company is demanding $200 million from El Salvador over a mine it was not allowed to build). It will destroy the internet as we know it, reducing it to a set of network-provided pablum services. Just like television. Meanwhile, stuff we need (like education) will be reduced to a crawl, unless governments compensate telecoms for not throttling non-profit and public good internet traffic. Via Hack Education.

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