Whenever I talk to people working in TV news and I bring up net neutrality, most of them have no clue what it is?
But, it is one of the most important things to keep the internet a place for everyone and not just giant corporations.
If you still don't know what it is, I urge you to look into it, because it can have a huge impact on your future.
As you may remember, FCC corporate puppet Ajit Pai and his gang of bought and paid for members of the FCC decided to chuck the net neutrality rules out the window.
This is all set to take place in June.
But, thanks to a grassroots effort, yesterday the Senate voted 52-47 to disapprove the FCC’s recent order replacing net neutrality rules.
It was a pleasant surprise for internet advocates and consumers throughout the country.
Sadly, the disapproval will almost certainly not lead to the new rules being undone, it is a powerful statement of solidarity with a constituency activated against this deeply unpopular order.
It will have to pass in the House as well and then be signed by the president for the old rules to be restored. So, it is very likely that the net neutrality rules are going to be killed and it will likely mean a no longer free internet.
Bought and paid for Ajit Pai release his own statement after the vote.
“It’s disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin,” he said, “But ultimately, I’m confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail.
In other words, Ajit will ram this through to help his friends at big corporations and hurt both the consumer and the little guy.
It would be nice to see TV news spend a little more time on a issue that is going to impact so many of their viewers.
But, it's easier to cover the house fire down the street then it is to learn about a new law that will have wide reaching impact.
H/T Tech Crunch