Demand Net Neutrality
Most search engines in 1996 listed sites according to the relevance of the content to the search phrase. Content was discovered by keywords in the opening paragraphs, title and/or Meta tags in the html header. You’d see a lot of universities and company informational sites but very little if any ads.
Today, even with the nominal net neutrality rules we have, the initial listings are always advertisements that offer usually less relevant information you can pay to view or contain some other kind of baited hook. These are given priority over the .edu and .org sites that often serve the public interest with genuinely relevant information. Under the 2015 FCC ruling, ISPs are classified “common carriers,” like telephone, taxi and public utility entities and must deal somewhat fairly with all customers and services delivered.
If the Trump administration and their new FCC head, Ajit Pai have their way, profit alone will constrain. “… Ajit Pai is, of course, the new FCC commissioner under the incoming Trump Administration, which immediately moved to re-open the debate and roll back the ISPs Title II [common carrier] designation …”
Pai claims that allowing discrimination of content and charging for fast lanes on the internet will encourage investment and ultimately benefit consumers. Why do we consistently fall for that absurd rationalization of the greedy master parasites?! How are increased profits for investors, which must consist of increased costs for us, beneficial to us? Yet that’s always the party line for whatever evil the Wall St elites wish to do to their hosts – we, the human race.
I think the rich in America, at the time of the Revolution, were Tory Traitors who never paid for their perfidy. In the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, they were allowed to keep their freedom and property. Even the British Army was allowed to take its booty as it left. Benedict Arnold got a pass too.
Resist ongoing Tory treachery. Demand Net Neutrality.