That sound you hear is the construction of another handout to corporations. Just as the radio, and television bandwidths were given away to companies with the lobbying strength of AT&T and Verizon, the access you currently enjoy could potentially get more selective and expensive.
During an April 26 Committee meeting, members voted twice: once for Rep. Ed Markey's Amendment containing enforceable Net Neutrality provisions, and again for the overall COPE Act (HR 5252). After the Amendment was defeated, several members abandoned Internet freedom and voted for the Act without Net Neutrality protections.
About now you may be wondering..."What difference does it make?" or "How does this effect me?"
The nation's largest telephone and cable companies — including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner — want to be Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won't load at all. (empahasis mine)
Wow those are pretty strong words. Surely the mainstream media has another take on this?
That could change dramatically, however, if Internet service providers are allowed to tilt the playing field...