By now you’ve probably heard about Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to kill net neutrality, a set of rules established by President Obama’s administration to keep the internet a free and open service for all – so that internet service providers like Verizon or Comcast can’t suddenly block, throttle or favor traffic from one source. Pai’s proposal isn’t the law of the land yet, but it’s expected to pass when the FCC votes on December 14.
Once this plan is approved, the internet will slowly lose its democratic nature and become an oligarchy ruled by greedy ISPs who can do what they please in the absence of any real regulation. As the New York Times reported, “Under a repeal, companies like AT&T and Comcast may be able to charge people higher fees to access certain websites and online services. The companies may also be able to prioritize their own services while disadvantaging websites run by rivals.”