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Net Neutrality is Dead, Major News Networks Conveniently Ignore Ruling – I WONDER WHY?

NetNeutralityI think this is something most of us have feared for a long time.  A D.C. Court of Appeals ruled against the FCC’s requirement that providers offer equal access to online information, no matter the source.

In other words, everything you decide to check out on the internet is provided to you at the same speed (depending on what your actual internet speeds are) as every other website you might visit.

Well, not anymore.  See, what cable providers can now do is throttle (or slow down) the speeds to any particular site that they feel like throttling.  But what will probably happen is companies that pay internet providers to give them faster speeds will be given max speeds while companies that don’t pay will be throttled so that anyone visiting those sites will have to deal with much slower loading times.

That or consumers will be charged something like tiered internet packages where (much like cable TV packages) you end up paying more per month to get full access at “max speeds” or pay less and only have “max speeds” provided during specific times or for certain websites.

Say for instance you get your internet through AT&T who strikes a deal to give preferential treatment to Netflix over competitors like Amazon Prime or Hulu.  When you go to Netflix you get your max speeds, but when want to use Hulu suddenly you’re throttled down to slower speeds due to the deal AT&T and Netflix struck previously promising Netflix better speeds than the competition.

Heck, there are a ton of nightmare scenarios that could arise from this ruling.

But as Media Matters brilliantly pointed out – neither ABC, CBS or NBC covered this story on their evening newscasts.  How is that even possible?  A major story, with the potential to impact almost every single American, gets zero coverage from the major media outlets?

Oh, well the answer to that is pretty simple.

As Media Matters also pointed out:

“NBC is owned by Comcast Corporation, which bills itself as the nation’s largest high-speed Internet provider. CBS’ parent company is CBS Corporation, which also owns multiple sports networks and Showtime, while ABC is part of The Walt Disney Company empire, also the owner of ESPN.”

In other words NBC, CBS and ABC all have parent companies that have highly vested interests in net neutrality being struck down.

It’s ridiculous.  “News” entities refusing to report the news because the greedy corporate pricks sitting behind the scenes don’t want the public to know what’s really going on.

But then again, this isn’t really anything new.  The moment our “news” became owned by big corporations, and driven by ad revenue, it marked the death of quality news.

While this ruling doesn’t completely kill the hope for net neutrality, it does strike a huge blow for those of us (myself included) who fear what the future of the internet might look with no regulations requiring neutrality.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • Jim Bean

    Fox has it covered. And thanks, Allen, for pointing out the big three’s omission and reason for it.

    • Kenny

      So Fox News, who went to court to say they can lie in their broadcasts, is actually telling the truth on this one! They must not have a vested interest in net neutrality being struck down then!

      • Jim Bean

        I don’t support anyone lying to anyone, but to keep the in perspective with regard to its impact on your world, keep this in mind: if Fox had lost, none of your favorite information sources (including this one) would be in business today and Obama would not be President.

      • Kenny

        Yes he would. The majority of us were not ignorant enough to vote for Mitt Romney, who Fox News was promoting as the best candidate. They lie about Obama everyday on that channel, and their news-people appear to be some of the dumbest reporters I have ever heard. They actually value what people like Limbaugh, Palin, Bachmann, Cruz, etc. say. You have got to be kidding me!!! You are just another delusional conservative who still cannot handle the fact that a black man, named Obama, won a second term.

      • Jim Bean

        What is said by Limbaugh, Palin, Bachmann, Cruz, etc, has no value? So you’re holding the moral authority card, apparently? Whatever Romney ‘might’ have been, Obama has been nothing but a wasted 8 years for the country. Foreign policy, domestic policy, economic policy, civil harmony, congressional harmony, intra-armed forces harmony – everything is in the toilet. He was elected for the wrong reason and it turned out to be an incredibly bad idea.

      • Kenny

        If you think people like Limbaugh, Palin, Bachmann and Cruz have any real credibility you are not worth debating with on here. By the way, Obama has only completed 5 years of his two terms. He has 3 more years to go as our President. Hope you don’t choke on your bagel as you ponder that thought.

  • baristabrian

    But your missing another obvious issue…either we have some seriously pathetic judges in these courts making horrible rulings, or they are being “compensated” under the table, or both.