Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent
January 20, 2014
The internet is a part of our lives whether we like it or not. Nearly every aspect of our daily life is integrated to the internet is some form and that is why everyone should care about net neutrality.
Last week the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not have legal authority to mandate that broadband service providers (BSPs) treat content equally on the internet.
This translates to BSPs being able to manipulate online traffic as well as charge a premium to corporations such as Netflix for faster connections.
Verizon, AT&T and Comcast are expected to face down the FCC should they decide to take this issue back to court.
These three corporations are cited as being among the top 20 lobby groups on Capitol Hill in 2013.
Comcast spent nearly $14 million in 2013 to keep their hold over Congress.
AT&T invested $12.3 million in 89 lobbyists to vie for their agendas to lawmakers.
Verizon hired nearly 100 lobbyists and spent $10.1 million to make sure their voice was heard at our nation’s capital.
In a statement , Verizon said of the ruling last week: “One thing is for sure: today’s decision will not change consumers’ ability to access and use the Internet as they do now. The court’s decision will allow more room for innovation, and consumers will have more choices to determine for themselves how they access and experience the Internet. Verizon has been and remains committed to the open Internet that provides consumers with competitive choices and unblocked access to lawful websites and content when, where, and how they want. This will not change in light of the court’s decision.”
Other big spenders are:
• National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
• Time Warner Cable (TWC)
The FCC’s options may be to revise their broadband regulations or appeal the current judgment.
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC told the Minority media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) that his agency would “find other ways to enforce” net neutrality.
Should the FCC decide to reclassify BSPs are telecommunications services, this might correspond in those corporations being regulated as telephone companies are.
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