Net Neutrality is Dead, Major News Networks Conveniently Ignore Ruling – I WONDER WHY?

NetNeutralityI think this is something most of us have feared for a long time.  A D.C. Court of Appeals ruled against the FCC’s requirement that providers offer equal access to online information, no matter the source.

In other words, everything you decide to check out on the internet is provided to you at the same speed (depending on what your actual internet speeds are) as every other website you might visit.

Well, not anymore.  See, what cable providers can now do is throttle (or slow down) the speeds to any particular site that they feel like throttling.  But what will probably happen is companies that pay internet providers to give them faster speeds will be given max speeds while companies that don’t pay will be throttled so that anyone visiting those sites will have to deal with much slower loading times.

That or consumers will be charged something like tiered internet packages where (much like cable TV packages) you end up paying more per month to get full access at “max speeds” or pay less and only have “max speeds” provided during specific times or for certain websites.

Say for instance you get your internet through AT&T who strikes a deal to give preferential treatment to Netflix over competitors like Amazon Prime or Hulu.  When you go to Netflix you get your max speeds, but when want to use Hulu suddenly you’re throttled down to slower speeds due to the deal AT&T and Netflix struck previously promising Netflix better speeds than the competition.

Heck, there are a ton of nightmare scenarios that could arise from this ruling.

But as Media Matters brilliantly pointed out — neither ABC, CBS or NBC covered this story on their evening newscasts.  How is that even possible?  A major story, with the potential to impact almost every single American, gets zero coverage from the major media outlets?

Oh, well the answer to that is pretty simple.

As Media Matters also pointed out:

“NBC is owned by Comcast Corporation, which bills itself as the nation’s largest high-speed Internet provider. CBS’ parent company is CBS Corporation, which also owns multiple sports networks and Showtime, while ABC is part of The Walt Disney Company empire, also the owner of ESPN.”

In other words NBC, CBS and ABC all have parent companies that have highly vested interests in net neutrality being struck down.

It’s ridiculous.  “News” entities refusing to report the news because the greedy corporate pricks sitting behind the scenes don’t want the public to know what’s really going on.

But then again, this isn’t really anything new.  The moment our “news” became owned by big corporations, and driven by ad revenue, it marked the death of quality news.

While this ruling doesn’t completely kill the hope for net neutrality, it does strike a huge blow for those of us (myself included) who fear what the future of the internet might look with no regulations requiring neutrality.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • sherry06053

    This is why the SCOTUS decision in favor of Citizens United was so bad. Who benefits more than the media? Commercials are on constantly, during election season. I blame the media more than I blame the White House.

  • lourens

    My honest opinion I think this is steeling. We spend a lot
    of time, effort and money optimizing our sites and getting the download speed
    as fast as possible. Now Google will penalise our sites for slower download

    I don’t think this is fair.

    I will make sure that the public is aware of this!!!!!

  • katherine norton malek

    It was only a matter of time before the internet became a money driven channel. I’m old enough to remember when you bought a television set, turned it on and got all 3 to 4 local channels of news & entertainment and UHF if you bought a set of rabbit ears at the hardware store. You could move from one house or apt. to another without having to open, close or change a billing address. All you did was plug in your set. Scumbags like Rupert Murdock will very soon own the Internet entirely as we sit and allow it to happen. Say bye-bye to free WiFi, anywhere. Thumbs up to you for highlighting this travesty.

    • Pipercat

      Want to hear some irony, the “cut the cable” phenomenon has brought many back to the rabbit ear era, including me. Actually, free WiFi could proliferate as people start cutting the internet cable. So, with folks ditching traditional cable service, the same could happen to the land line cable service.

    • 4irplan3

      Don’t know anyone my age that even has cable, and not because we can’t afford it either. We’d much rather stream the show on Netflix/some pirate site than waste 60 bucks a month on something we’d watch maybe 20 hours in the time frame (unless, of course, we splurge on a PVR for $200+).

      • Frank

        only problem with what you say is that they can throttle Netflix as a competitor and make it almost unwatchable making of course the alternative to buy their packages again.

  • Sam

    I thought America wanted to break up monopolies in the past, and it seems we are going right back to them all over again. This Country was founded based on freedom, and they are taking that away from us bit by bit. The middle class is being pushed down by the wealthy who want total control over all of us with their trying to monopolize everything for their own selfish (more money) interests. Busting up unions, making us pay more for all services and goods, etc., all the while our incomes are stagnant or for many of us declining. People please, we have got to fight back with our voices and our votes. I know it is so hard because so many of us are tired after how hard we are being made to work at our jobs with less benefits than ever! I am so mad everyday at what is happening in this Country!

  • Mike Williams

    ” The moment our “news” became owned by big corporations, and driven by ad revenue, it marked the death of quality news.”

    The moment we as a populace allowed our news to contain opinions rather than facts is the moment the above statement was felt to be tolerated as well.

    and it’s all Obamacare’s fault.

    • CM

      hoping this is satire! it’s just so hard to tell the difference between conservatives and satire anymore. how sad is that?

      • Mike Williams

        Sorry for the delay in my reply. Thanks OBAMA.

        Yes, it was. Sorta…The Obama part.
        I was delayed further by news that Justin Beaver was arrested for Drag racing while drunk. Since I was driving I was worried that it would affect me personally since I have been campaigning to get him deported to Uruguay.
        I know he’s Canadian, but I just hate to send him back there.
        I sort of like Canada, they have good pancake syrup.
        Thanks to Obamacare we no longer have to worry about them burning down the Whitehouse again.

  • Jim Bean

    Fox has it covered. And thanks, Allen, for pointing out the big three’s omission and reason for it.

    • Kenny

      So Fox News, who went to court to say they can lie in their broadcasts, is actually telling the truth on this one! They must not have a vested interest in net neutrality being struck down then!

      • Jim Bean

        I don’t support anyone lying to anyone, but to keep the in perspective with regard to its impact on your world, keep this in mind: if Fox had lost, none of your favorite information sources (including this one) would be in business today and Obama would not be President.

      • Kenny

        Yes he would. The majority of us were not ignorant enough to vote for Mitt Romney, who Fox News was promoting as the best candidate. They lie about Obama everyday on that channel, and their news-people appear to be some of the dumbest reporters I have ever heard. They actually value what people like Limbaugh, Palin, Bachmann, Cruz, etc. say. You have got to be kidding me!!! You are just another delusional conservative who still cannot handle the fact that a black man, named Obama, won a second term.

      • Jim Bean

        What is said by Limbaugh, Palin, Bachmann, Cruz, etc, has no value? So you’re holding the moral authority card, apparently? Whatever Romney ‘might’ have been, Obama has been nothing but a wasted 8 years for the country. Foreign policy, domestic policy, economic policy, civil harmony, congressional harmony, intra-armed forces harmony – everything is in the toilet. He was elected for the wrong reason and it turned out to be an incredibly bad idea.

      • Kenny

        If you think people like Limbaugh, Palin, Bachmann and Cruz have any real credibility you are not worth debating with on here. By the way, Obama has only completed 5 years of his two terms. He has 3 more years to go as our President. Hope you don’t choke on your bagel as you ponder that thought.

  • baristabrian

    But your missing another obvious issue…either we have some seriously pathetic judges in these courts making horrible rulings, or they are being “compensated” under the table, or both.