FCC Approves Plan For Internet Paid Priority?
People who have paid the companies in charge of distributing the Internet will get their message out first and faster than you if Obama’s FCC has it’s way – and they will have their way. They aren’t accountable to anybody.
Read the excerpts from the Washington Post (below) and you’ll understand that they are coming for your free speech, my fellow conservatives and if they can’t do it with speech codes and political correctness, they’ll do it with money:
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor of advancing a proposal that could dramatically reshape the way consumers experience the Internet, opening the possibility of Internet service providers charging Web sites for higher-quality delivery of their content to American consumers.
The plan, approved in a three-to-two vote along party lines, could unleash a new economy on the Web where an Internet service provider such as Verizon would charge a Web site such as Netflix for faster video streaming.
The proposal is not a final rule, but the vote on Thursday is a significant step forward on a controversial idea that has invited fierce opposition from consumer advocates, Silicon Valley heavyweights, and Democratic lawmakers. The FCC will now open the proposal to a total 120 days of public comment. Final rules, aimed for the end of the year, could be rewritten after the agency reviews the public comments.
After weeks of public outcry over the proposal, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency would not allow for unfair, or “commercially unreasonable,” business practices. He wouldn’t accept, for instance, practices that leave a consumer with slower downloads of some Web sites than what the consumer paid for from their Internet service provider.
He said his plan asks whether paid prioritization should be banned outright, but he will still move forward with the consideration of business arrangements between Internet service providers–such a AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner Cable–and Web content providers, such as Facebook, Google and online startups.
“There is one Internet. It must be fast, it must be robust, and it must be open,” Wheeler said. “The prospect of a gatekeeper choosing winners and losers on the Internet is unacceptable.”
Barack Obama appointed Mignon Clyburn as commissioner of the FCC. She’s the daughter of Representative James Clyburn (D-SC), who has a history of voting against network neutrality.
So now not only will they be able to monitor and suppress speech on the Internet, they can prioritize it further by who has the money?
What’s next – putting Lois Lerner in as FCC Chief?