I just watched an 86 second video that left me speechless. I’ve seen a lot of propaganda before, so it shouldn’t come as much of a shock to me. But the ad I just watched put out by tea party group FreedomWorks against net neutrality might be the biggest pile of crap propaganda ad that I’ve ever seen. I didn’t know if I should laugh or become enraged knowing that they were trying to be serious – and that conservatives would believe them.
What this ad tries to do is claim that the Internet that we’ve all known our entire lives, the Internet where all content is delivered to consumers at the same speed for which they’re paying, is anti-competitive and only benefits big business.
Reality check: Big business wants the death of net neutrality to happen – because it’ll favor big business!
This ad is so absurd that it actually contradicts itself.
One of the lines in the ad says:
“Supporters of the plan call it a free and open Internet, but in reality, it is anything but.”
Then the next line goes on to say why the Internet in its current form is so “terrible”:
“The same speed, the same prices, the same access…”
Yes! That’s called Internet freedom. Net neutrality is the truest form of Internet equality. You pay for an Internet connection and that’s the speed you’re given to every single website on the Internet.
It doesn’t matter how big your company is, your website is delivered at the same speed as every other company. Whether you’re visiting us small folks here at Forward Progressives or a massive conglomerate like Fox News, both sites will be delivered to you at the same speed to which you’re connected.
That’s an amazing thing. And that’s what they’re trying to kill. They want to create an Internet where you might get Fox News delivered to you at the 30 mbps that you’re paying for – meanwhile a website like this one, that can’t afford to pay these extra fees, will then be delivered to visitors at a much slower rate.
Ending net neutrality is the definition of providing a competitive advantage on the Internet. It gives big businesses a huge advantage over smaller startups.
The Internet, as we know it now, has been the best tool for innovation humans have ever seen. And these bastards are doing everything they can to kill that. They want to take an amazing vessel for providing information and access to the entire world and hand it over to big business so that they will be able to buy and sell usable access to it.
This video is absolutely appalling. To even try to call the Internet anti-competitive is laughable.
And if these disgusting, bottom-feeding vile propagandists get their way, the Internet will be destroyed. Ending net neutrality takes the control out of your hands and puts it in the hands of companies like Comcast, and whatever big corporations decide to pay those companies for premium access to deliver their sites at faster speeds while throttling the competition that can’t afford to do so.
People must start caring more about this. I’ve written a few articles about net neutrality over the last few months, and I’ve been ashamed at how little traffic and feedback they received compared to stuff about Sarah Palin or Fox News.
Protecting net neutrality isn’t just a battle for Internet access, but for free speech. The right for all of us, at any moment, to log on to the Internet and start a blog or a business or even a Facebook page, and let our voices be heard. Where a company like Comcast can’t throttle the speeds to a competitor or an anti-Comcast website simply because they don’t want their costumers having easy access to that information.
We cannot allow big business to destroy the Internet.
And we damn sure can’t let these right-wing radicals like FreedomWorks poison and corrupt this battle by making it into some left vs. right fight. Because it’s not; this shouldn’t be political at all.
Breaking down net neutrality is as simple as this:
- Do you like control over what you view on the Internet? If yes, then support net neutrality.
- Do you want your Internet provider to determine what kind of access you have to websites you visit? If no, then support net neutrality.
The only people who should support ending net neutrality are greedy Internet providers and big businesses trying to create a massive competitive advantage on the Internet.
I’m passionate about this fight and I hope you all are too. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know that you’re with me. Let’s all come together to fight this wave of misinformation and no information. Because far too many people are either being fed lies like in this video, or they simply don’t even know that a massive battle to save the Internet is currently being waged.
Watch the pathetic joke of a propaganda ad below (if you can stomach it) via FreedomWorks: