Who’s Really Censoring the Web?

City Journal-  Net neutrality advocates have it backwards.

 

Major Silicon Valley companies and their supporters are outraged that the FCC is poised to repeal the Obama administration’s so-called net neutrality regulations—but if anyone should be subject to regulation in the name of preserving a free Internet, it’s them. As FCC chairman Ajit Pai put it, Silicon Valley social-media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube “are a much bigger actual threat to an open Internet than broadband providers, especially when it comes to discrimination on the basis of viewpoint.”

In 1996, Congress passed the Telecom Act to establish regulations for the dawning Internet era. Rather than treating Internet service providers, or ISPs—companies, like Verizon or Comcast, that provide the web service in your home or office—as it had treated the telephone company, Congress decided that ISPs should be exempt from the regulatory morass. An ISP was classified as an “information service.” Under the Obama administration, the FCC, looking to ensure “net neutrality,” reclassified ISPs as telecom providers.

The basic idea of net neutrality makes sense. When I get a phone, the phone company can’t decide whom I can call, or how good the call quality should be depending on who is on the other end of the line. Similarly, when I pay for my cable modem, I should be able to use the bandwidth I paid for to surf any website, not get a better or worse connection depending on whether my cable company cut some side deal to make Netflix perform better than Hulu.

The problem for net neutrality advocates is that the ISPs aren’t actually doing any of this; they really are providing an open Internet, as promised. The same is not true of the companies pushing net neutrality, however. read more

h/t Blazing Cat Fur

3 Comments on Who’s Really Censoring the Web?

  1. Who is censoring the internet? Why, it’s the torch and pitchfork “hate speech” crowd….. S-O-R-O-S! He funds mass (illegal) migration and, then, fines you, or sends you to jail, if you complain.
    …Lady in Red

  2. Gab is having an exceedingly difficult time with this.
    The developer was once a member of the Silicon Valley girls, now he is treated like the girl who started dating outside the Heathers social circle of acceptable people.
    The people screaming about the deplorable posters always seem to forget there is a mute button, if you don’t like it, you never have to see that poster again. Puush de button.
    It’s not that they don’t want to see it, they don’t want you to be able to see it either.

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