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Neo-[Tech Thread] for the cyberpunk present where Net Neutrality has been murdered
It was nice not having your SSN and all your personal identifying information out on the black market while it lasted, wasn't it? That period of history is over now though, unless maybe if you've literally never been involved in a non-cash financial interaction in your life, such as opening a bank account or getting a loan or credit card. Even then, I wouldn't be too sure. Thanks, Equifax, for making the dystopian cyberpunk future a lot more real. Bowen made a good thread about what little you can do about it in H&A: https://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/213835/the-equifax-consumer-information-leak-and-you
So how about those phones, no headphone jack, am I right? Ha ha.
Edit 11/21/2017: ok Net Neutrality is fucking dead, stealing some posts from D&D:
Looks lie we're going forward with this nightmare.
Edit: this outcome was never really in doubt. Even with the big boys like Netflix, eff, google etc... Against it it's still going forward.
The chairman was hand picked to get this done and no matter the political backlash it's going to get done if he's still there.
I'm usually not doom and gloom but as soon as this guy got put in that chair it was over.
The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net neutrality order barring the blocking or slowing of web content, two people briefed on the plans said.
In May, the FCC voted 2-1 to advance Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to withdraw the former Obama administration's order reclassifying internet service providers as if they were utilities. Pai now plans to hold a final vote on the proposal at the FCC's Dec. 14 meeting, the people said, and roll out details of the plans next week.
On Thursday the FCC will vote on Pai's proposal to eliminate the 42-year-old ban on cross-ownership of a newspaper and TV station in a major market. The proposal would make it easier for media companies to buy additional TV stations in the same market.
Pai is also expected to call for an initial vote in December to rescind rules that say one company may not own stations serving more than 39 percent of U.S. television households, two people briefed on the matter said.
Here we go again everyone, only it's extra shitty this time around.
Everyone, please call your representatives because the shit is increasingly closer to hitting the fan. The FCC is not backing down from getting rid of net neutrality and we need all hands on deck to stop this shit.
Ajit Pai is a stooge for the telecom companies, ushered into power by Trump, whose mission is to ignore all political pressure and public outcry and kill the FCC's net neutrality regulation, in order to allow Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to use their ownership of the wires to block consumers' access to content and services from their competitors and generally fuck over the internet as an institution. There's not really anything elected officials other than Trump can do about it as the head of the FCC is a position appointed by the president and not under the oversight of congress, and Trump doesn't give a shit. But you can still let your representatives and senators know that this is bullshit to create a groundwork for changing the regulations back the next time someone competent is in the white house, or even hypothetically someday when congress is less fucked they could pass some regulations to enshrine net neutrality in law beyond the executive branch's power to arbitrarily change.