Looks like the days of a free web are coming to an end…
“The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday.
The FCC will release a proposal soon to reinstate net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to negotiate with content providers for preferential treatment, an agency official confirmed Wednesday.
Some digital rights groups called the pay-for-priority proposal, reported earlier in a Wall Street Journal article, the death of net neutrality at the FCC.”
This is bad news for all of us, including sites like FDL that will not be able to compete with the moneybags for bandwidth. Small start ups like Twitter and what used to be Youtube (now “Theirtube”) will be a thing of the past. The internet monopoly will become a reality. The web was the one tool we could use to fight back against corporate domination of information. I guess it was only a matter of time before they kicked us back down with the jackboot.
Kinda saw this coming when Tom Wheeler got appointed by Hopey.