FCC on the Verge of Reversing Net Neutrality

The FCC was created in 1934 to protect the public from misinformation and propaganda by ensuring that First Amendment protections extended to the airwaves. That mission is now threatened, as the Trump administration’s FCC makes a mockery of its history and mission by planning to discard existing net neutrality rules. Meanwhile formidable opposition is mounting to oppose the measure from millions of Internet users and prominent tech giants who warn that such a move could allow large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast and Verizon to become de facto gatekeepers of information and entertainment services. According to Engine, a nonprofit group, shelving the rules would allow ISPs to pick winners or losers in the market, favor their own services, and impose new tolls on Internet usage. In addition, it would give ISPs free rein to control the online experience and even block access to certain web sites. At a time when subtle forms of Web censorship are emerging as a real possibility, possibly encouraged by an administration hostile to the First Amendment, such scenarios pose significant concerns. –TV