I'm starting to think the average intelligence of American citizens must be pretty damn low. After all, why would we vote for politicians that are clearly doing what is best for corporate America at the expense of middle America. President Trump seems to get a hard on each time he repeals a democratic regulation. I've always been a believer in less government but to a certain point. Based on the previous behavior of many, it's clear the cable TV companies, content providers, and wireless carriers need to be policed, to protect the public. All of the great regulations that Thomas Wheeler, former President Obama's FCC DIrector, installed just got thrown out the window. For those who don't understand "Net Neutrality" and how it protected you, here's a crash course...
Net Neutrality was a controversial utility-like oversight of internet providers. It was put into place by democrats in 2015 by then FCC Director Thomas Wheeler to insure the uninhibited flow of data on the internet. Ajit Pai's lame argument is that these regulations stifled investment in Broadband networks. Poppycock! T-Mobile alone invested $435 million in 700mHZ bandwidth in 2016 and made another $8 Billion investment in 600mHZ bandwidth in 2017. Sorry but I have to call bull shit on this.
Let's compare internet traffic to Southern California's Freeway traffic. What the FCC is doing is building "TOLL Freeways" that will deliver faster internet traffic to those willing to pay a premium. Those not willing will be stuck in the slow lane at best, or not even allowed on the freeway (internet) at worst.
Democrats believed that tougher oversight is needed because the internet has become increasingly vital in business as well as daily life. It has also become extremely vulnerable to exploitation by the large Telecom companies. If you were wondering why I have been campaigning against this nonsense, here's how we all just got screwed...
1) Broadband providers now have the power to block websites. They also are now allowed to throttle (slow down) speeds and the power to censor content completely. This was not possible with the previous regulations
2) Broadband providers can now make pay-to-play sweetheart deals. For those who don't want to pay, their streaming quality will likely be slow and low resolution. If your Broadband provider has a deal with Hulu but not with Netflix, they are now allowed to slow Netflix streaming down to a crawl.
3) Start-ups and small businesses that enjoyed a level playing field will be negatively affected. Consumers will be negatively affected as well. At the end of the day, additional costs always trickle down to the end user.
4) You can expect cost increases from your current broadband providers. I feel sorry for the rural markets with only one provider to choose from. No competition and no FCC oversight is not going to be pretty.
When it's time to vote again, I'm certainly going to make sure not to support the three douche-weazels on the FCC board that voted in favor of this ridiculous legislation.
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Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.