Friday, 27 February 2015

Sort Of A Victory, Maybe, For Net Neutrality

There was some good news out there in the world yesterday. At least it seemed that way at first until you dug deeper. By a vote of 3-2 the FCC, or whoever was in charge (I believe it was the FCC) decided to vote in favour of "Net Neutrality". Net Neutrality would, at the most basic of levels, keep the internet free and open for everyone to use. One of the basic rules would be an internet "fast lane" where some websites would load faster than others depending on how much they were able to pay.
This show was another sad day for the internet. Lulz. 
Now this sounds great, but as I said it seems to be not so great when you really get right down to the nitty gritty. Apparently things still aren't over yet. The new rules can be blocked by the government, of the US, and even then the new rules are something like 300+ pages of guidelines and rules that can't be seen. The entire document won't be seen in its entirety unless the movement passes. So, basically, they want to impose rules on you without telling you what those rules are.
Imagine if people said you had to follow the bible, to the letter, without telling you what was in it. 
To be honest I'm not entirely sure how that's even legal. But I don't make the laws. I don't even follow the laws because those are US laws and I'm exempt from them. Take that legal drinking age of 21! Though I'm over 21 and could drink in the US anyway. Well I can still hit on 16 year old girls and only have it be "creepy" rather than "illegal".

But the fact of the matter is that if the US DID try to actively change the internet it would end up affecting the outside world too. Things like this net neutrality are global issues and were met with a global response. It seems politicians from every country can't resist fucking with the internet but, thankfully, the internet will always be there to stop them.

Thomas Jefferson (March 1801): "The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object."

5 comments:

  1. You should've followed the thing live, it was hilarious. Neither party really knew what they were going on about. Hilariously frightening.

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    1. That does remain the scariest part of all of this; the people in charge of making these rules about the internet have no fucking clue what they're talking about. Most of them don't even know what the internet is. Luckily some of them concede the more well informed public about what it all is.

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  2. I don't understand too much about this, I heard about it, but I should take a closer look from what you are saying. They want to charge for the internet now?

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  3. Here's a good article from a Canadian point of view... it sounds as if things are ok for now, whew!
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/net-neutrality-passes-in-landmark-fcc-decision-1.2971126

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