The Federal Communications Commission took aim at a signature Obama-era regulation Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers see and use.
Under the agency’s proposal, providers of high-speed Internet services, such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T, would be able to block websites they do not like and charge Web companies for speedier delivery of their content… More at The Washington Post.
This is a situation that sums up so much of what we are experiencing at this time.
It is barely worth writing about the arguments because they are so one sided that it would be pointless to present to well-meaning and intelligent people, which the majority of you seem to be.
We have an industry that is hugely profitable and which works in a framework containing mobile providers, telecom companies who provide the fixed networks, ISPs, content providers, search engines, phone manufacturers and so many others who have found a place in the world in which they can co-exist with the others to the benefit of the many.
This is a worrying situation for those who do not like such things because they feel it should belong to them. As much of it as possible should belong to them.
It is symptomatic of what is happening in American and British politics, which more and more likely seem to be influenced by the Russians. How else can you explain what is happening in 2017?
It is surely not possible that millions of people in both countries have collectively lost their minds and decided that the entire world does not look out for them, and to collectively then vote for people who do not even bother to hide the fact that they are selfish beyond belief.
It is surely not possible that something as important as the internet can be farmed off for the benefit of a few organisations who only look out for themselves and continue to get away with it.
However, isn’t this all perfectly normal?
You name the industry; cars, tobacco, oil, banking… It always goes this way. It always ends up in the hands of those who would otherwise be in jail for killing people and animals, but they wear suits so it is allowed to happen again and again.