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Evan Flask

Palm Springs, California, US
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Evan Flask

  Palm Springs, California, US

FCC ruling on Internet neutrality could limit free speech
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Political North American

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Television
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English (North American)
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Middle Aged
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The FCC’s ruling on Internet Neutrality could limit freedom of speech if cable companies are allowed to remain information service providers.

An end to Internet Neutrality is the biggest threat to free speech in US history. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will meet to discuss the fate of Internet Neutrality on February 26th. For those unfamiliar with the idea, Internet Neutrality is the principle that the Internet should be open and free to everyone. Strong support of Internet Neutrality favors the public, and content and software publishers, while a weak interpretation of Internet Neutrality benefits Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Free speech is being threatened by a coalition of ISPs and their parent telecommunications companies who want to charge all users of broadband including the creators of content and existing customers who read, view and use the content.

Since the 2002 passing of Title II of the Telecommunications Act, giving the FCC very little power to regulate ISPs, the telecommunications firms (“telcos”) have been acquiring and consolidating ISPs at a furious clip and competition among them has been greatly diminished. Title II was intended to encourage ISPs to roll out new fiber optics and infrastructure but instead it led to consolidation. If Title II is lifted, the FCC can regulate ISPs like it does telcos.

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