Jimmy Dore: California Democrats Just Made The Death Of Net Neutrality Much Worse

CA Democrats just slammed through a bill that creates the worst gutting of Net Neutrality in the country -- all for their buddies the ISPs (Comcast, et al). Yes, you heard that right - the freakin' Democrats.

- ISPs can charge websites and small businesses "access fees" to reach customers, blocking any website that does not pay.

- ISPs can block any website content as it enters its network

- ISPs can throttle entire classes of applications (ex all online games or all online voice calls)

- and more.

I don't know if these rules apply outside of CA. But considering CA is the 5th largest economy in the world, this is really shitty news for Mom & Pop websites.

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detroitmechworks's picture

Sounds like I might be working under a time pressure.

Seriously though, this is a good time to start backing up your files. Anything you want to keep, download it now, and if you file share, save what you can.

ISP's are huge corporations, and you know they won't hesitate to charge not only for access fees, but also demand thanks to SESTA/FOSTA that discussion be shut down if it could POSSIBLY lead to human Trafficking. It's a short step from there to "Agreements" with major studios and media to "Limit" user generated content for "Quality Assurance" purposes. Expect to have to pay extra to upload content in the future to any large public site.

Doom and gloom paranoid? Yeah, but same principle as a Condom. I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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Citizen Of Earth's picture

to write these rules into the bill for a reason ($$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$).

My website hosting provider is located in CA, so I expect these blood suckers will be contacting me to pay their f*cking tolls.

I can remember shaking my head about China blocking websites. Now Amerika is apparently one-upping China.

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snoopydawg's picture

but some dimwit judge let ATT merge with Comcast making it one of the biggest monopolies. Wasn't that why MA Bell was broken up?

Comcast of course owns many tv stations, networks and shows while ATT owns a huge percentage of the internet. When was the deal finalized? Two effing days after net neutrality died. But of course they aren't going to be slowing internet lanes. But who knows? Maybe this will be the issue that wakes up Trump's base. Gawd knows that something has better soon.

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
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