perspective

Short memories are extremely dangerous.

The success of modern American life is based on having our free and open internet, which Obama’s FCC protected through net neutrality. We take our blessings for granted.

Supersonic speeds that connects us to the internet – any site, anywhere (with the exception of rural dead zones). Don’t you remember life before this life-changing luxury? It was such a short time ago.

Dial-up internet connection that took forever. How about 2G service? Even 3G connection was a nightmare. Life before 4G smartphones. Ugh!

When we’re traveling through rural areas with no bars, we get a dreadful reminder.

Read a few articles about what it’s like living in North Korea, Iran, Egypt, China without free and open internet and you’ll begin to really appreciate this game-changing advantage.

It’s incomprehensible that Trump and FCC Chairman Pai want to impede American innovation, restrain American business and inflict torture on our day-to-day existence  by rolling back net neutrality. Why would any American want this? There are NO ADVANTAGES to consumers in blocking our free and open internet.

We’ve felt the negative impact before.

Do you remember when the iPhone was 3G, and many of us had unlimited data plans through AT&T, and we were throttled after AT&T upgraded to 4G. It was shocking to experience a dramatic slowdown connecting to the internet once we exceeded 2 GBs. Yes, with no regulations in place, AT&T throttled consumers with unlimited data plans after we exceeded 2 GB once we upgraded to 4G phones. If we didn’t want to be throttled, we could get off the unlimited plans and pay for higher usage. (Man Sues AT&T For Throttling His iPhone Service – And Wins! ) After this consumer won his lawsuit, AT&T threatened to shut off his service.

Exactly three years later, February 26, 2015, under Obama the FCC “voted in favor of strong net neutrality rules to keep the internet open and free.” It was because of aggressive negative actions like AT&T’s, and consumer/provider battles that spanned several years, that the FCC took a stand to protect American consumers and small businesses. Corporations have proven themselves over and over agin to care only about the bottomline, harming the public without remorse.

And how about a similar hostile act just a few months ago, with Apple slowing down connection to the internet for older devices in the hopes we’d buy new ones. This was accomplished by imbedding a “fix” in one of the regular software updates. Another dot that proves how even the richest company on earth, more cash than any country, how even Apple in the extreme black will strategically throw consumers into the red without blinking an eye.

Greed is bewildering.

Trump and Chairman Pai’s malicious move to rollback consumer protections so that corporations can increase profits, and consumers can pay more or be harmed, is a personal assault on the American public. With 5G service deploying in the very near future, June 12, 2018 perhaps (?), just a guess. They’re keeping it a secret for some reason. But net neutrality is scheduled to end at 11:59p on June 11, 2018, so I can’t help but wonder if 5G begins at 8:00a on June 12, 2018.

The internet needs to remain free and open like the majority of our interstate highways. Who wants to pay a toll? It’s crazy that anti-tax Republicans would be pro-net neutrality rollback. This alarming plan of FCC Chairman Pai’s will result in the following:

  • Access to the internet can be blocked, or severely slowed, by providers – AT&T customers in 2012 can speak to this
  • Affordability – throwback to 2012 again when AT&T throttled customers to get them to pay more for data plans
  •  Being blocked from certain sites – AT&T owns direct TV and is not happy with consumers cancelling TV service because we’d prefer to watch Netflix, so they’ll likely block us from using Netflix unless we sign-up for direct TV

The GOP just gave corporations a HUGE tax cut. American corporations have never had it so good. The vast majority of corporation are not passing their windfall onto employees in the form of higher wages, nor are they discounting prices for consumers. They are buying back their stock en masse, and some are even stooping to pay Michael Cohen’s Essential Consultants LLC millions of dollars for easy access to President Trump.

Democratic Senators Mackey & Schumer are in the process of trying to reverse the rollback. Again, they have until June 11th, 2018 at 11:59p. It’s imperative that every American call our Senators and demand that the rollback be reversed and the internet remain free and open to the American public.

This is a life-as-we-know-it threatening situation.

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