Defeat of Net Neutrality could be the Death of Democracy in America

The corporate state has achieved it’s goal of destroying net neutrality. This paves the way for undermining free speech in America:

Billion-dollar corporations scored a victory on Thursday as the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality protections. Back in 2015, these rules were put in place to prevent internet service providers, such as Comcast, Spectrum and Verizon, from treating some internet content differently.

Now these companies can legally do just that. But restrictions on internet content could go beyond charging consumers a premium for certain high-bandwidth services, like Netflix. With net neutrality repeal, internet service providers, or ISPs, are free to block or throttle any content they don’t like.

That could include video, text and images distributed by people whose voices are underrepresented in mainstream society, including women and people of color.

If an ISP chooses to charge the largest internet companies, such as Facebook and Google, for faster service, those companies will likely be able to foot the bills. But if ISPs choose to throttle websites maintained by smaller platforms, organizations and individuals, the added cost may hinder their ability to spread a message.

Erin Shields, who works as the Center for Media Justice’s national field organizer for internet rights, told HuffPost that she sees that potential for censorship as a problem.

 

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