With the FCC regulating ISPs in the United States and some as yet unknown international organization assuming control of the assignment of Internet addresses and domains, we may be living in the last days of the Internet as a free and open platform for communication and dissemination of information.
Mired in "governmentese" and steeped in double-talk, Net Neutrality has proven to be a tangled web of deceit. Now that the FCC's order has been entered in the Federal Register, the real battle for the fate of Net Neutrality begins.
As if Facebook doesn't do enough damage to users' privacy without help, the social media giant has apparently been either the target or the willing accomplice of a CIA-funded company known as Recorded Future.
Facebook has spent years earning a notorious reputation for sacrificing users' privacy for increased advertising revenue. Now the social networking giant may be in serious legal trouble with the European Union for violating EU laws about tracking Internet users without their consent.
When the FCC created new rules for Net Neutrality by reclassifying the Internet as a Title II public utility, Chairman Tom Wheeler dismissed the idea of new taxes and fees as a myth. Now that the Net Neutrality Order has been made public, it is becoming clear that Chairman Wheeler is being less than honest.
As pernicious as the Federal Communications Commission's "bright-line" rules prohibiting blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization on the Internet are, they pale in comparison to what FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called a "catch-all standard." The "general conduct" rule is so broad and vague that there is really no part of the Internet that it does not allow the FCC to regulate.
But this rule may well prove to be the Achilles' heel of Net Neutrality.
After the FCC made its "Net Neutrality" rules public late last week, The New American began poring over the 400 pages of rules and comments in the document (officially entitled "Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order") in an effort to inform our readers about what is actually in it.
What we found affirms the statements by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai that the rules are a threat to the future of the Internet and a danger to both liberty and a free market.
Does Google's new algorithm mean more accurate search results, or does it amount to a modern version of old-fashioned censorship?