Net neutrality has never been more threatened than it is now. Donald Trump’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is trying to implement anti-consumer initiatives that will grant extraordinary power to media and communications companies. Internet providers will be able to expand at will and dictate how much their customers can use the internet.
After a 3-2 vote along party lines, the FCC voted to dismantle a decades-old program that provides affordable access to phone, internet, and broadband to low-income areas. People in tribal lands and the rural regions will be the first to be affected.
Democratic commissioner Mignon Clyburn denounced the FCC move as being entirely “punitive rulemaking,” saying “I mourn because before us is an absurd proposal devoid of promise and empathy,” she declared.
Clyburn noted that the FCC opened the issue to public comments. As would be expected, nobody supported dismantling affordable internet—but the Republicans in the FCC are doing it anyway.
“Veterans groups, public interest groups, civil rights groups, carriers, Tribes, and more, all express deep concern about this rulemaking,” she noted.
The FCC also voted to eliminate keycaps on corporate media growth. This drastic move is to ensure that right-wing outpost Sinclair Broadcast Group, a Trump endorser, can close on their $3.9 billion to acquire the Tribune Company. If this happens, they will control 223 TV stations.
And finally, on Tuesday, Trump’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced his intention to end net neutrality rules.
Such a move would “give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use,” the Washington Post reports.
“Tuesday’s move hands a win to broadband companies such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast,” the paper continued.
But Google, who opposes Pai’s proposal, told the Post “The FCC’s net neutrality rules are working well for consumers.”
Just like the tax bill, these decisions are to help corporations, not the average American. In fact, the FCC is intentionally harming low- and middle-income Americans so that the Trump’s friends can make more money.