Have Trump and the FCC become the ISP's bitches?

One would think so.  But this loud sound of disrespect is extending throughout the GOP empire as they rush to support corporate take over of private property.

Sadly I have a GOP as my House rep and he has no clue or does not care what the Internet is. As one who has make his livelihood on the internet for almost a quarter century now, I offered to explain what the Internet is but so far no interest.

His canned reply indicated that there was too much "burdensome regulation" on the internet. Hogwash. The very purpose of Net Neutrality is to guarantee competition is equal for all.  These people in DC are spoon fed a corporate line from ISP's who are not and do not own the internet.  They are the people who connect you and I to the internet but they don't own it any more than I own the roads we drive on. They are the trucking companies who deliver data but like those trucks, they do not own that data they deliver. You pay for the delivery and they have no say in what you do with the delivery once you  have it in your hands.

Here is a letter I sent to Senator Rubio today via his staffer in Jacksonville, FL. If your in Florida and need an email to send your comments to contact me on my contact form.

July 12, 2017

Senator Marco Rubio

Good day Ashley, hope you are well.

I want to make it clear to the Senator that we must provide protections for the Internet. The FCC appears poised to gut current protections to favor a few large ISP's desires over the needs of the people.

I have written my Rep, Ted Yoho who does not seem to understand what the internet is and that ISP's are NOT the Internet. Either that or he does not care to understand.

I hope Senator Rubio does understand the difference between and ISP like Verizon, Comcast, ATT etc. and the internet. I offered to explain this to Mr. Yoho but silence is my reply. He cited such things as "stifling competition" which I am sure is an industry talking point meaning not allowing an ISP to decide about deliver of content that does not belong to them.

There is no barrier to competition on the Internet now precisely because of the hands-off rules of Net Neutrality. Those specifically guarantee an open, free and competitive Internet which is how I have made my living for over 23 years. Ask Jeff Bezos of Amazon how he became the third wealthiest person on Earth via the open internet.

Being a collection of many millions of computers tied together, the internet is not centralized and is NOT and ISP. The ISP's role in the internet is to deliver connections to consumers to do as they wish online. Content I create for myself or my business customers belongs to us not to any ISP and as the owners of said content no ISP should ever have any say in it's delivery to consumers. WE own the copyrights and they are not for any third party to decide their fate.

The ISP's currently enjoy a virtual monopoly within their areas of service. There is and cannot be a monopoly on the Internet because it is EVERYWHERE and belongs to EVERYONE equally.

Many of the current rules protect people and private property in the form of digital content. An ISP already has the ability to control delivery of content it creates and owns just as I have the EXACT SAME right to control content I own.

We need a champion to protect the internet from corporate control. We need a champion to protect personal and private information from disclosure and sale without the subjects specific consent and knowledge before hand. We need a champion to assure the nation and the world that their internet remains a public utility not a private playground where money dictates access, privacy and speed.

The claim of needing tiered service for certain customers such as Netflix which do consume a lot of bandwidth can already be addressed by ISP's who charge a very high fee for wide bandwidth optical connections internet giants use. They don't need special permission. They can already offer higher bandwidth for a fee...they do it now. Nothing is halting any competition in that regard.

What some ISP's want to do is control how fast the paying consumer can access certain content based on whether the provider of that content pays the ISP an extra fee. That is wrong and cannot happen because that is manipulating content for which these ISP's do not own any rights.

I know I'm not a millionaire donor so don't expect much from Congress who's first priority is protecting their political positions, I'm just a small online business who found some success precisely because the internet is and has been unfettered by corporate influence.

KEEP IT THAT WAY !


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