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Holmes writes: "While it helps to understand the technical background of the net neutrality debate, all you really need to know is this: Some of the most massive, unaccountable corporations in the history of the world fought hard for the right to scrap it."

Stephen Colbert. (photo: Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert. (photo: Getty Images)


Stephen Colbert Destroyed the Net Neutrality Decision - and the Man Responsible for It

By Jack Holmes, Esquire

15 December 17


Power to the telecomms!

et neutrality is complicated and possibly boring to talk about, which is why it was nixed Thursday without all that much of a fight. Yes, there were 22 million public comments to the FCC—2 million of which were discovered to have been filed under stolen identities by the New York attorney general—but there wasn't exactly a Repeal and Go Fuck Yourself-level reaction from the public. Stephen Colbert noticed the goings-on, however, and pointed to a key detail surrounding the behavior of the telecomm companies that actually wanted this thing to happen:

While it helps to understand the technical background of the net neutrality debate, all you really need to know is this: Some of the most massive, unaccountable corporations in the history of the world fought hard for the right to scrap it. They will now have the ability to, as Colbert highlighted, "block, slow down, or prioritize" web traffic based on what people are willing to pay to go different places on the web. Do you think these giant corporations invested all this time and money but won't be looking to capitalize?

The other thing you need to know is the person largely responsible for this mess, Ajit Pai, is this guy:

If you have lost the will to live, you're processing this correctly. Pai is a former Verizon attorney who "joked" about a week ago about being a shill for the telecomm giant. He was appointed by Barack Obama to the FCC, and elevated to chairman by President Trump. He oversaw this process, and handed this power to an outfit like Time Warner Cable—I mean Spectrum.

Elsewhere, Jimmy Kimmel was playing the same tune:


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+27 # Blackjack 2017-12-15 19:20
Why in the hell did Obama appoint him?
 
 
+3 # RMF 2017-12-17 13:33
FCC is a five-member Commission -- three of those seats go to the party in WH with other two seats going to the other party -- Pai filled a GOP seat.
 
 
-1 # chapdrum 2017-12-17 16:18
If this is correct, I read that Obama appointed him on the recommendation of Mitch McConnell.
 
 
+9 # dotlady 2017-12-15 19:30
Did a double-take at this malfunctioning sentence above: "Yes, there were 22 million public comments to the FCC— 2 million of which were discovered to have been filed under stolen identities by the New York attorney general."
I think you meant to write: were discovered by the New York Attorney General to have been filed under stolen identities (stolen by the Russians.)
 
 
0 # kgrad 2017-12-17 06:59
Quoting dotlady:
Did a double-take at this malfunctioning sentence above: "Yes, there were 22 million public comments to the FCC— 2 million of which were discovered to have been filed under stolen identities by the New York attorney general."
I think you meant to write: were discovered by the New York Attorney General to have been filed under stolen identities (stolen by the Russians.)


Thank you, dotlady: Word order does matter!
 
 
+29 # economagic 2017-12-15 20:25
"Net neutrality is complicated and possibly boring to talk about. . . ."

No it isn't, as Colbert, Kimmel, and Holmes just demonstrated. (I know, sounds like a corporate law firm, eh?) I wish people would quit saying that it is, as that suggests that the thumbnail explanation is somehow incomplete or even inaccurate. An additional step toward complete enlightenment would simply explain that a "neutral internet" is like FedEx or Western Union (cash by wire) or Two Guys and a Truck in the sense that in exchange for the right to do business they agree to service all comers on an equal basis, and to charge every customer according to the same rate schedule for a given class of service. This is essentially the definition of a "common carrier," as distinguished from an outfit that does NOT accept those terms so cannot claim to serve the public at large and IN PRINCIPLE must seek out customers one by one but can refuse to deal with some and can charge each one whatever the traffic will bear.

This latter category is essentially what a "non-neutral internet" would be.
 
 
+9 # BobboMax 2017-12-15 23:18
For a different view of American internet services, go to http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24528383 or https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/internet-u-s-compare-globally-hint-slower-expensive or https://gizmodo.com/5390014/internet-speeds-and-costs-around-the-world-shown-visually.
Given that American ISPs have served us so poorly in the past, it would be silly to think they'll serve us better in the future if the FCC gives them a blank check.
 
 
+9 # economagic 2017-12-15 20:39
OH: And anybody who thought Obama was anything but a corporate shill--especial ly toward the MIC--with a wee bit of cultural sensitivity, was not paying attention to what he was doing. Prior to 2008 he voted to hold the telecoms immune from legal action for their unlawful collaboration with the NSA to Hoover up all the data that passes over those same trunk lines that are the backbone of the internet, and accepted the patronage of Hyatt Hotels heiress and One-Percenter Penny Pritzker, with Hyatt having perhaps the worst record of labor relations in the industry. Between 2008 and 2012 it was total amnesty for the banksters who had willfully crashed the economy in 2008, followed by every wet dream of the MIC. He did a number of good things, but he did "A" number on the economy and on the country as a whole for the long run. See "Ajit Pai," among many others.
 
 
+11 # Skeeziks 2017-12-15 23:17
If you can't shoot all the population, just tell them what to do and where to go and what to eat and what not to eat and what to watch and what to not watch.

Looks like we're for really remarkable changes in these one sided United States. You have the money, you do whatever you wish to all those who have a whole lot less than you. Fiefdom is here thanks to the G.O.P and even the Democrats who have lost connections to defend us as both political parties are meant to do.

The fork is there and Trump and Co. are sticking it into U.S.
 
 
+12 # Hina 2017-12-15 23:43
Net Brutality is more like it
 
 
+14 # Rainphase 2017-12-16 04:29
Net Neutrality is a big huge topic on social media. A LOT of people called and emailed - just like they've been doing the last several years. I don't know how you can say there wasn't much of a fight. Was a march needed? Would it have made a difference? The Trump administration and Republican Congress does not care about what we think. In fact, they problem view public opposition as a sign that they're doing something right. They are e-v-i-l, period. They only care about changing as much as they can to their benefit before 2018 and 2020 sweeps them out of power - when Democrats will have to deal with the consequences and clean up the mess (with the Progressives fighting the DINOs in their own party)
 
 
+10 # David Starr 2017-12-16 09:10
Ajit Pai's video is sickening. Trying to pathetically sell the public to the idea that things will still be great on the Internet is shameful. What a clown.
 
 
+2 # ericlipps 2017-12-16 09:22
The Democrats always have to clean up after the elephants.
 
 
+3 # kgrad 2017-12-17 07:06
Quoting ericlipps:
The Democrats always have to clean up after the elephants.


Well said!
 

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