I’m increasingly saddened with recent political efforts such as the Affordable Care Act repeal, so-called tax reform, and now the FCC may reverse net neutrality rules.
The ACA repeal failed with great public outcry as no true improvement was fashioned. Now we hear tax reform proposals that increase the deficit and absurdly benefit families of the dead-rich, while apparently being neutral in helping the poor or middle class. I pray public outrage will, like the ACA repeal, help kill this bit of political greed.
Now the FCC may decide to revoke important consumer protections for internet access. A prominent headline reads that the FCC plan would give internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use. For instance, local HSI (high-speed internet) and cable TV monopoly Comcast would be allowed to block or slow access to certain sites or streaming content, but give preferable treatment to sites and content that it owned or had partnerships with. The rule rollback will further enrich monopolies at the expense of the consumer.
I might care less if true competition existed among HSI providers, but there is no cost-competitive alternative to Comcast.
How in the world can anyone think revoking internet neutrality rules is in the best interest of the consumer? My party is too busy drinking the greed Kool-Aid. Are my representatives genuinely protecting and representing me?
Sadly, no one will look out for me, but me.