This Is How Net Neutrality Will End

On June 11, net neutrality protections will cease to exist. This means your internet service provider will be able to engage in content based discrimination. Internet content it likes — for political or financial reasons — will be delivered at top speeds, while content it disfavors will be slowed or even blocked.

But will that start happening on day one? Almost certainly not, because the big telecoms that fought so hard to kill net neutrality are smarter than that.

It's not over: Tell Congress to restore Net Neutrality

Internet service providers spent millions of dollars lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to end net neutrality, and they are certainly going to expect a healthy return on that investment. While the ISPs are clearly focused on increasing their profits, here the ISPs are likely to be patient. Their wisest course of action will be to eliminate net neutrality like a slow drip over time in the hope that consumers won’t notice and will stop caring.

The big telecoms know that bipartisan legislation to reject the FCC’s abandonment of net neutrality is pending before the House, after being approved by the Senate last month. They know that 86 percent of all Americans favor restoring the FCC’s net neutrality rules. And they know that three state legislatures and six state governors have already adopted pro-net neutrality measures and that many more are considering joining their ranks.

Given this environment, the ISPs are unlikely to engage in visible, net neutrality violating behavior right away.

Shortly after casting his vote in favor of the Senate bill to preserve net neutrality, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said, “If you trust your cable company, you’re not going to like my vote today. If you don’t trust your cable company, you will.”

Kennedy’s analysis is certainly correct, but his comments also hint at what likely is the next step in the ISPs’ net neutrality playbook: Once June 11 comes and goes, we should expect the ISPs will do little to nothing in response. Then, after some time has passed, they will point to their inaction as proof we were wrong to distrust them and their promises not to violate net neutrality in the absence of a federal mandate. And guess what will happen next? Drip. Drip. Drip. And before we know it, a flood will have washed away the free and open internet we all rely on.

So yes, net neutrality will be gone on June 11. When we will first feel the impact of that loss is unknown, but what is known is that the fight is far from over.

To bring net neutrality protections back, call your member of Congress and insist they vote to join the Senate’s effort under the Congressional Review Act to save net neutrality. For extra effect, when you talk to your member of Congress, be certain to mention that net neutrality will be on your mind when you go to the polls in November.

Although we may have lost net neutrality in the short run, if the 82 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of Democrats, and 85 percent of independents who favor net neutrality make their voices heard, there is no doubt we will win in the end.

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Dr. Timothy Leary

You can kiss net neutrality, privacy, and independent thought goodbye. We are way past 1984 folks.

USFU

Glad someone is addressing the risk of rapidly diminishing attention spans. A slow drip is exactly what to expect. Whatever ends up happening, I hope we can all remember what telecom did given the deregulation they fought so hard for...blatantly, and unapologetically everything possible to screw their customers and claim ownership of something that doesn't belong to them. "Innovation," is a mantra that's quickly become shorthand for the antithesis of itself... excepting when it refers to innovating ways to stifle progress for blind greed. Anyway, the state by state battle is uplifting.

William Hamilton

I can see, and support retaliation against service providers coming in the near future.
They may find it very costly to have to keep repairing the damage to their Internet cable system across their service area. I don’t think people will sit back and put up with this B.S. for one minute. There won’t be any internet service to control if there is no cable system in operation.

Anonymous

Threats of distruction is never a good call. Also they do not need the tax payer Cabela's anymore. 5G which will roll out without use of cabel lines and fiber optics. Wireless mass data transition over the air is a reality. They will controller the mesh network and the gate Keyes to access internet hubs. So even if people create there own public mesh networks around them they still controller access to the web. Best solution I see is the people create there own internet mesh networks without providers. Connected through inivating our own mesh. When these start they will be small inter community networks that will eventually connect to the next community, much like the start of the first internet. Eventually it will evolve into what should become shared content amongst ourselves again. What they don't realize they are the Kmart's of the world struggling to exist today and we are a force like Amazon who are going to make them irrelevant. Turmoil will result in resolutions.

USFU

I agree with the previous reply (wow autocorrect). Threats accomplish nothing. Though I don't expect any grassroots network would be safe from the plutocrats either. They DO regulate when it serves them and they happily regulate any 'socialized'rememberr to death... Hence what happened to the ACA. You're dealing with duplicitous social Darwinists who equate ruthlessness with creativity and sociopathic exploitation for alturistic leadership; "job creators." The only ways to compete are to become part of the problem, boycott (increasingly difficult to do) or make sociopathy against the law, and then enforce it... Legislation is all we've got in the deck right now, unless you can somehow organizize a nationwide boycott of the internet- and maintain it- without using the internet. Yeah... Good luck there.
It's gotta be legislation and lawsuits, unfortunately... Same thankless messy protracted battle as always, but short of anarchy -which is a stupid, stupid, stupid idea- it's the only way. Vote. Call your congressman. Spread the word, etc. etc. The time for organized action will come, but you can't fight the problem with the problem. The general public doesn't have the patience or discipline right now. We've been divided, and 99.9% conquered. It'll take a while to fix...
I wonder if we (the people) have it in us to focus on anything for 20 - 30 years... The 20 - 30 years it'll take us to fix this tumor, and the cancer that created it. I'll guarantee one thing, and that's that Facebook and Twitter aren't going to be instrumental. You do remember people used to get things done without them, right? Does anyone remember?

Anonymous

Meh

MaryAnn

Proof positive that lawmakers know the Administration's request for input was nothing but a sham! They claimed the system went down so no more comments were accepted, but it was clear it was taken down because of the massive negative feedback. The FCC was bought!

Anonymous

They only care about money and dominance over all

Anonymous

I completely disagree. I believe the telecoms will act swiftly and without shame. Bad press and consumer outrage have never changed their behavior. They will claim that everything they do is legal and if you want to receive the Internet like you used to, then laws will need to be changed. Then they will continue to pour money into Congress to make sure those laws never get changed.

Be prepared for your favorite websites (like aclu.org) to be throttled or blocked starting Monday.

Me and only me

The ACLU will never be blocked because it's a liberal site. They're the ones pushing for no net neutrality. It's the conservatives that are going to get their sites blocked. So much for being a free country. 86% of Americans oppose this, a clear majority by far. Yet the government is still doing it. Looks like representing the people while in office has gone by the wayside.

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