Originally posted by whodey
You can keep your internet.
What was broke with the internet again? Why did the FCC need to take it over?
I'm stealing this from a post in a thread on Red Reporter by jch24 (hope he/she doesn't mind):
The government didn’t take control of the internet. What the government did was stop the mega-ISPs from taking control of the internet. By reclassifying ISPs and mobile data carriers as public utilities the FCC stopped the ridiculous idea of "fast lane" internet. They’re already screwing Netflix and thereby screwing us by extorting them into paying for what should be normal speeds.
If they had gotten their way, broadband plans would have been reclassified. Imagine having to choose from "email", "video", and "streaming" plans instead of a plan based on raw speed. It shouldn’t matter if I’m streaming a movie or looking at hentai pictures, I’ve paid for 40mbps up front, just give it to me. This would be like people who are driving to Wal Mart being allowed to go 70 mph on the interstate while people driving to Kroger only being allowed to go 50mph, all because Wal Mart slipped the guys who built the interstate some money on the side.
What Comcast & Verizon have done over the last 20 years is [expletive deleted] criminal. They’ve received hundreds of billions of dollars under the guise of it being needed to build out a fiber optic infrastructure but the funny thing is they stopped building out the infrastructure almost immediately after starting to receive those funds. Why you ask? Because they realized nothing REQUIRED them to use that money for its intended purpose.
You wanna talk about red flags? Look at Austin and Kansas City’s ISPs. Magically, speeds went up and prices went down as soon as Google rolled out their fiber offering.
By the way, what constitutes mainstream media to you? That term gets thrown around a lot and I hate it because most people only use it to discredit a media outlet that disagrees with their views.
Lastly, I’m not even gonna bother touching the "restricting free speech" tinfoil hat [BS].
Some Reds fan are pretty smart.